Hi there! Snowflakes are one of my favorite holiday images with which to work. They are so versatile… you can do so many fun techniques with them and create so many different aesthetics depending on the mediums that you use. Colorado Craft Company recently released a new snowflake stamp set, called Big and Bold-Slimline Nordic Snowflake, and I thought it would be perfect to make a pair of holiday cards using the Big and Bold Warm Wishes Snowflake released last year. Jennifer McGuire’s recent Perfect Pearls videos have breathed new life into an oldie-but-goodie, and I couldn’t resist pulling out my stash of Perfect Pearls to create this pair of cards. Let’s get started with the details!
I love blue for Christmas. I love the images of icy winter days that it conjures in my brain. I have a tree that is dedicated solely to shades of blue, white, and silver ornaments, with lots of snowflakes and sparkle. I thought I’d channel that tree with these projects. I dug out my box of Ranger Perfect Pearls and Versamark and got all shimmery!
For my first project, I stamped the large snowflake from Big and Bold Warm Wishes Snowflake using Versafine ink onto an A2 panel of Lapis cardstock, then covered it liberally in Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls pigment powder, spritzing it with a fine mist of water after I’d finished adding the powder to set it and make sure it wouldn’t rub off. I added a bit of ink blending on the opposite corner using Blue Jay and Sapphire inks and a blending brush to increase the contrast of the shimmery white snowflake.
Next, I diluted a tiny dollop of white gouache with some water, then flicked it on my card base to add some tiny little “flakes” of snow. I white embossed a sentiment from Big and Bold Warm Wishes Snowflake onto a strip of vellum using sparkly white embossing powder, folding the edge over the side of the card front to hide some of the adhesive, also adding a couple of tiny dots of adhesive behind the embossing. The final step was to add a bit more texture with some iridescent white gems! Super shimmery and sparkly.
For my second project, I used the new Big and Bold-Slimline Nordic Snowflake to create a slimline card. I started with a 3.25″x8.25″ panel of pale blue cardstock, then used Blue Patina, Perfect Pearl, and Pewter Perfect Pearls to cover the panel with snowflakes, again spritzing the panel with a fine mist of water to set the pearls.
For the greeting I heat embossed the large Happy Holidays from the new Savvy Sentiments Holiday Wishes onto some navy blue cardstock using silver sparkle embossing powder. I wrapped a bit of dark gray twine around the snowflake panel, then popped up the greeting using some foam tape. I adhered the card front to a 3.5″x8.5″ panel of silver glitter cardstock. The final touch was to add some charcoal gray gems!
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