This post was sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. Thanks, Simon!
Hi friends! Happy New Year! I am flabbergasted that we are already at the dawn of a new year; I sometimes still feel like I haven’t finished processing 2020! Anyway, I have a project featuring some gorgeous newer products from Simon Says Stamp, perfect for those icy days that we’ve been experiencing after the warmth that we had on Christmas Day. We even woke up to a bit of snow on the ground last week…. as you can imagine, my kiddos were beside themselves with joy even if the snow only lasted until 10 am! For today’s project, I paired the utterly precious Cocoa and Joy stamps and dies with the new Cheery Snowflakes embossing folder. Let’s get started with the details!
To start my project, I stamped the adorable snowman from Cocoa and Joy (which is back in stock- HOORAY!!! Right?) onto some Hammermill white cardstock using Contour Ink. I used my Copic markers to add some subtle shading on the “white” snowman, giving him a vivid blue hat and scrumptious-looking hot cocoa! I used a fine tip black pen to enhance some of the finer details on the snowman, like the steam from the hot chocolate, his smile, and his little poufs on his hat. I die cut the finished image with the coordinating die, as well as one of the sentiments. For a finishing touch, I also added some black gems for his “coal” buttons and eyes.
For the background, I began by masking off the center of a panel of white cardstock using a stencil from the A2 Stencils and Masks set. I then used blending brushes to blend Iris, Twilight, and Marine Pawsitively Saturated inks in the open area on the white cardstock. While the stencil was still in place, I spritzed the finished background with Frozen Fog Mica Spray to add some extra wintry-looking shimmer behind my snowman. Once my blended and shimmering background was dry, I removed the stencil and ran the entire panel through my die cutting machine using the Cheery Snowflakes embossing folder from the Smitten release!
After I had adhered my snowman to my embossed background using foam tape, I wanted to add some sparkling snowflakes to enhance the icy feeling of the card. I die cut the standalone snowflakes from the Snowflake Frame dies from some Dazzling Diamond glitter cardstock. I tucked the snowflakes behind snowman on the blended area, allowing the white frame to draw the eye to the snowman. I added some extra sparkly glitter “snow” using Clear Lacquer and Snowfall Glitter from Hero Arts. For the greeting, I added the stamped greeting die cut from Cocoa and Joy and a coordinating sentiment strip from the All the Love sentiment cards pack. I added a few shimmering confetti for one last addition of snowy texture and sparkle!
Well, that’s all for my project today! I hope your 2024 is off to an amazing start! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!