Baked Texture embossing powder, Christmas to remember, Design Team, Ribbons, Snow Crystal

DT: Creative Knockouts … snow much fun

Kelly at Creative Knockouts gave us the theme of Snow much fun to play with this week and here is my design team contribution… four cards!

As soon as I saw snow I had to have fun with the Snow Crystal stamp… such a fabulous stamp to play with and use different techniques. This time I used some lilac cardstock and stamped it four times in versamark and then used different heat embossing powders to create four similar but different cards.

Here is how they looked at the beginning…

Firstly clear embossing… (bottom right). After the embossing I took some distress inks and a bit of distress oxide to blend around the embossing.

This created a resist finish where the snowflake retains the original cardstock colour and then the background and area around the stamped image changes colour. I also added some splatters of white paint to add a matt splatter. I chose to finish all the cards with a sentiment from Christmas to remember and some scraps of different ribbons and twines. I also raided the gem box for different gems.

I’ve just realised when looking at these photos for blogging that this is missing the bow I added so will have to take another pic and add that in later!

Secondly a glitter embossing powder which is mixed with opaque white (top right).

I also added distress ink to this but more of the pink tones. This one I added some of the holographic little snowflake embellishments too. I did add both white paint splatters and pink ink splatters to the background on this too.

Next up a dark embossing powder… this was actually Baked Texture but the qualities of baked texture don’t really apply when doing this as it was mainly the dark blue colour that stuck to the detailed image (bottom left).

This one I inked heavily a d added purple ink splatters. I like the contrast of the sheer organza ribbon on this. I also heavily inked the sentiment label to have it match better.

Finally…. I hate glitter but decided to throw caution to the wind and use the heat and stick powder and use loose glitter. (Top left).

Well as much as this is super pretty and was an easy card to make (no inking or splattering) the clear up after using loose glitter is awful and I am very shimmery after making this card. I am very tempted to just chuck away the pot of glitter as I hate using it so much but that would be wasteful and maybe in a couple of years I will embrace the glitter again!

Love all four cards for how different they look … but still regretting the use of loose glitter so have to say that final one will not be going on my “must make again” list! 🤪

How do you feel about glitter? Is it a love or a hate thing?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Edit: photo of the clear emboss with the bow! That looks better!

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Christmas 2022 challenge, Ribbons, Snow Crystal

Christmas cardmaking 2022 challenge… #7

Hello!

When I saw it was snowflakes I knew I wanted to use the Snow Crystal stamp as its one of my favourites but I decided to go a bit more graphic and spotted this paper in my stash that I thought was perfect for making me go a bit different with this stamped image.

As the paper is quite modern and a bit funky I decided to team it with kraft card and black card with the white embossed snowflake. I also added another layer to the snowflake with the laser cut embellishments too!

Each card is slightly different with the black panel slightly different in size and how I laid it out, but otherwise I kept the design simple with the square of dsp.

I also used the checked ribbon and some sequins to embellish.

Love this different look for a snowflake card… usually just go for pastels for snowflakes so it was good to use this very bright dsp and black and kraft instead.

Do you want more snowflake inspiration …. here is the card I made in last years challenge. Now hopefully this years challenge I will get a little further on as this was the last one I made last time. Fingers 🤞!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Claritystamps, Martin's Mayhem 30 day challenge, Snow Crystal

Martin’s Mayhem Christmas card challenge

Day 2 of Martin’s challenge… theme of In the Snow... went bright and funky!

I heat embossed the Snow Crystal with white powder and then blended inks in blues and greens.

Then I added a panel of the Tahitian Tide cardstock and stamped and fussy cut the Claritystamps sentiment.

I also added one of the laser cut snowflakes.

It’s an usual size but will fit in a 5×7 envelope.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils, Snow Crystal

More Dylusion Snow Crystals

I’m still working my way through using those Dylusion backgrounds I made years go at a class with Dyan Reaveley… only a few left after todays project I am sharing with you.

I am basically doing a similar design to the cards I shared last week (or thereabouts) where I embossed the Snow Crystal background stamp but this time I changed the powder I used to a white glitter one. I rarely use this powder as glitter isn’t usually my thing, but I thought this stamp was the perfect one for a glittery finish!

I decided to go for square 5×5 cards so cut the Dylusions panels down to 9.5cm square (I had originally thought to do 13.9cmx9.5cm panels for an A6 card but changed my mind… hence the cm sizing!)

Two of the cards I mounted onto the black panels, and two I decided to emboss the card blank front using a snowflake embossing folder.

For both cards I used sentiments from the Christmas to Remember stamp set … I love how varied these sentiments are.

Once again I chose to add the iridescent snowflake embellishments to finish off.

Love these and glad I decided to make more using those backgrounds for my own stash as the others went to the swap recipient.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas to remember, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Snow Crystal

Funky Christmas cards

I’ve joined in with a swap to make Christmas cards using 2 techniques on the cards and here are what I made…

Now the backgrounds themselves are those Dylusions backgrounds I made years ago with Dyan Reaveley using Sprays and paints and stencils … so I guess technique number one is using stencils!

Then I heat embossed the amazing Snow Crystal background stamp in silver on to each of them. This is a stunning image nd embosses beautifully.

I then embossed the sentiment onto black four times and cut it out using the Christmas Greetings dies. On two I just kept it simple, but on the other two I added a little bit of the gingham ribbon to step them up a little.

On all of them I added the little iridescent snowflake embellishments to add some more sparkle.

I added them onto black card bases and inside I added a white panel onto which I stamped Merry Christmas in black to keep it simple.

Super happy with how these came out. Love the shine of that snowflake against the super bright and fun backgrounds.

Entering these into the Christmas in July Challenge at Dream Valley Challenges

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Peace & Joy, Pine Woods, Snow Crystal

Inspired by Martin

So the lovely Martin’s Mayhem shared this card on his blog and on his socials and I fell in love with it… then he also did a YouTube video showing how he made it. I absolutely wanted a go and realised that the dies in the In the Pines set might work in creating some landscapes.

So I went for Basic White and cut out lots of circles and then cut some of those circles with the landscape/ snowscape dies and started layering them up along with some of the tree die cuts.

I did ink the edges of my snowscapes but only lightly using a fairly dry Night of Navy. I inked the trees using Old Olive and Night of Navy to give them a shadowy muted look.

Once I was happy with my circle landscape I decided that the Snow Crystal background stamp might make a nice background for the moons first I blended the Night of Navy for the sky and then stamped the Snow Crystal using the Pale blue ink (Soft Sky). When I then added the circle die cut for the moon (which I had also inked a little) it looks like the moon beams are snowflake shards!

I then added the circle element to the card front panel with some foam for dimension and then decided it needed another tree so again the pine trees set came out and I did a few die cuts and inked and stacked them to make this a sturdy and chunky tree with the more delicate one on top.

I was a little stuck on sentiments as the ones I kept trying were all too big and covered too much of the circle landscape… then remembered these little stamps in the Peace and Joy set and I think they work perfectly.

So this was absolutely inspired by the incredibly talented Martin, but I am pleased with how my version finished up.

Entering into the Anything Goes Christmas challenge at CHNC.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas to remember, Ribbons, Snow Crystal

Snow Crystal play

Another new stamp… a large (approx 4″) snowflake background type stamp from Stampin Up … bizarrely chose to have its first inking in pink!

I stamped it off the edge of the panel of Polished Pink cardstock in Melon Mambo … and it really is so pretty and detailed. I then decided to add the sequin trim, a paper twine bow and the black sentiment label which almost covered it up … but you can still see some of it!

I also added some splatters of the black wink of Stella for this modern and fun Christmas card.

Really like how this looks and might make a few more like this but in different colours… although the snowflake is so pretty I want to also see more of it so may switch up the sentiment to be smaller.

Loved finding a use for the sequin trim that I’ve had for years and rarely can I think of a good way of using it … I also used a few of the sequins that came off the end as little embellishments.

Happy crafting!

Catherine