Thursday, October 29, 2015

2015 Christmas project series Day 4: Bright and Sunny Snowflakes

Hi! Welcome to day 4 of my 2015 Christmas project series.  I absolutely love the colors in this because they're warm, bright, sunny and completely unexpected.  It's also fairly simple as well as versatile.  By changing the die cut, it can easily be a birthday or thinking of you card. 
 I started with Distress Watercolor Cardstock and used 3 colors of spray inks: Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin and Dylusions Lemon Zest.  I sprayed the ink and let it set for a couple minutes, then added water to get the colors blending and blotted any dark puddles.  I wanted to keep this piece bright and letting it sit for a minute before adding the water allows for some hard edges.  I have another blog post that goes into this technique in detail, linked here.

The snowflakes are from Endless Wishes by Stampin' Up, embossed with Detail Fine Gold embossing powder by Ranger.  The simplest way to do the stamping is starting with the largest snowflake, stamp them in VersaMark, making sure they don't overlap.  I like to stamp off the edges.  Sprinkle the powder over your piece.  Now you can see where your flakes are. Repeat the process with the middle sized flake and fill in any empty spots with the small flake and you are ready to heat.  Let your heat gun warm up for 60 to 90 seconds before applying to your project.  It should melt almost immediately when you heat it if your gun is hot enough.  The powder will turn from dull and powdery looking to shiny and bright.  As soon as your powder melts move to an unmelted section. 

To finish the card, trim 1/8 inch off each long side and mount in the middle of a 4.25 by 5.5 inch top folding card; I use Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock.  I like to use Scor-tape because it's very strong and holds thicker papers, like watercolor paper.  The finishing touches are the love die cut and a sprinkling of sequins.  The love is "Scripty Love" die by Lawn Fawn and cut from White glitter paper by Stampin' Up.  The sequins are from doodlebug and attached with Dina Wakely multi medium matte.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you learned something new and try it out for yourself.  Happy crafting.

Much love!

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