Oh, LOOK! I didn't use fall colors today! :) Instead, I'm reminding myself that right after the fall season comes our long Vermont winter season. But with the cold winter also comes every excuse to spend more time indoors at my craft desk. I can see the snow falling down from the window above my desk and it's always nicer to be inside and enjoying it from the warmth of the house....usually with a cup of chai by my side.
This card was actually inspired by my friend, Jen. We talk often throughout the week and even though she's a professional portrait photographer and I'm a stamper, we're always bouncing ideas off of each other. There are a lot of similarities in our art forms....as different as they may seem. We both work with colors, layouts, composition, etc.
Just yesterday, Jen showed me a beautiful Christmas card that she had created digitally with some gorgeous portraits she had taken. I loved the icy blue tones and snowflakes in the card. That Christmas card was what inspired me to play around with a snowflake set today.
I joke with Jen that she's my creative card-making "muse" even though she'll insist that she's not a stamper or a card-maker herself. She inspires me more than she realizes. ;)
I can't seem to break away from the Emboss Resist technique lately. It's an oldie but goody when it comes to techniques. It's been around for a while and was one of the first techniques that I learned when I started stamping. I go through phases when it comes to techniques. I latch on to a technique and ride it as long and hard as I can. Then I find another that I fall in love with. Later on, I come full circle and come back to those oldie but goodies and come up with different ways and colors to use them with.
This card is all about the basics when it comes to the Emboss Resist technique. Simple stamping of the snowflakes on Whisper White cardstock, embossed with clear embossing powder and then sponged over with 2 different shades of blue. Really simple, but always a winner.
I embossed the "cheers" greeting at the bottom of the card with white embossing powder to carry over the embossed look.
Well, today, I decided that I wanted something extra on this card and so I dug out a metal snowflake charm that I've been hoarding for *GASP*COUGH*4YEARS*COUGH*GASP* The saddest thing about the items that I hoard is that I know exactly where they are. I don't have to go searching......my hands could find them even if I had my eyes closed.
I used some silver cord to wrap around the cardstock and held it in place on the back of the cardstock with some scotch tape (to hold the position of the cord). I used a small piece of silver cord to tie the snowflake charm to where the silver cord crossed.
Because I had a little bit of bulk on the back of the cardstock with the silver cord and the tape, I used Pop-dots to adhere the embossed and Soft Sky cardstock on top of the Brushed Silver cardstock.
Speaking of my creative card-making "muse"..........she has a challenge out to me and the deadline is tomorrow. You'll see that project up here on my blog, I'm sure.
And speaking of tomorrow......you'll also see a new Groovy Give-Away up! Fun stuff!
Also, I just updated the "Stampin' Mama Tutorial Program" Page with more information and pictures of all the back issues. Check out all the great stuff over there. :)
Stamps: The Snowflake Spot (Stampin' UP); Cardstock: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Brushed Silver, Whisper White; Ink: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Versamark; clear and white embossing powders; embossing gun; stamping sponges; silver cord; pop-dots; metal snowflake charm (Making Memories); scotch tape