Saturday, July 13, 2019

Christmas Card with Snowflakes - 3 Challenges!

It's Christmas in July in the card making world and I created a colorful card inspired by May Park from her Online Card Class (, Clean and Simple Holiday. 

I really enjoy the challenges from the CAS series. This card is for CAS Christmas July 2019:
I loosely used the sketch challenge from Inspire.Create.Challenge #047: 
Lastly, Crazy 4 Challenges had the simple theme of Christmas!
This was the first chance I had to use the new Pigment Sprinkles from Stampin' Up! They are similar to Brusho powder in that they are a dry, powder watercolor. Usually watercolor can be pale and dry back lighter. These pigments are so rich and colorful and easy to use! The Pigment Sprinkles come in a little jar with a flip top lid. It is like a small salt shaker.
I simply used a flat wet brush to draw a straight line of watercolor on Fluid 100 Watercolor paper as shown in this picture. I did not wet the paper first for I did not want too much of a blend. I want distinctive stripes. I sprinkled the powder into the round palette shown above and added a drop or two of water.There are 6 colors, but you can blend colors and/or use more water or less water to obtain many, many varieties of color.
The snowflakes were die cut with the Big Shot using the Seasonal Layers Dies with Whisper White card stock. This set is so versatile for all seasons:
The card was simple to put together. I used the largest layering circle die to cut a circle in Whisper White Thick card stock 4" X 51/4". That piece was then run through the Big Shot again with the Subtles 3D Embossing Folder. Definitely one of my favorites, for a beautiful soft linen look. I adhered this on top of the watercolor striped piece which was cut to be just larger than the circle with Tombow Liquid Adhesive.
This piece was popped up with fun foam, again I usually use Tombow Liquid Adhesive for 2 reasons: 1) you have a little bit of time to adjust your piece 2) It stands the test of time. I find tape runner dries out over time and pops apart.

The sentiment is from the Lots of Cheer stamp set white heat embossed on Basic Black card stock. It was die cut with a Stitched Label Die which looks like a ticket! The snowflakes were adhered with Tombow and a few Rhinstone Basic Jewels finished it off!

The sentiment from the inside is from the Dashing Deer stamp set and I use a piece of Whisper White cut with the Rectangle Stitched die. One more snowflake finished the inside.

Thanks for visiting today. Very hot here in North Carolina so fun to think about Christmas. Here are the links to all the products I used today from Stampin' Up!:
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Black & White Color Challenge for Stampin' Up! Team

Hi all. Welcome to my blog for a group color challenge issued by my Stampin' Up! Demo Team "Stampers For Others".This week it is to make a card using, black & white and metallic.
Once again, I though of Christmas and snowflakes swirling in the air. I am from Buffalo, NY and saw plenty of snowflakes, but I have lived in the South for many years now and haven't seen too many. Still fun to make a card with them, not to shovel them! 

I started with a Whisper White thick card stock base and a piece of regular Whisper White which I ran through the Big Shot with one of the Stitched Rectangle Dies. Next I stamped and heat embossed the swirly image from the Leave a Little Sparkle set to mimic wind:
The 3 different snowflakes were die cut from the Seasonal Layers Dies with regular Whisper White card stock. To make them "sparkle" I pressed each one into the Versamark ink pad front side down, sprinkled the new Shimmer White Emboss Powder on them and heat set with our Stampin' Up! heat tool set on #2 (the highest setting). I held them each with a tweezer to keep them from blowing around my desk! The snowflakes were adhered to the card with Tombow Liquid Adhesive. Teeny, tiny drops.

The image doesn't really pick up the sparkle, but they are glittery!!!
I simply finished the front of the card with a sentiment from the Making Christmas Bright set which was white heat embossed on Basic Black card stock. Next I trimmed it to a narrow banner with my cutter and created the flag end with a small Rectangle Stitched Die (in the Big Shot) at an angle in the corner. A few gold Metallic Pearls finished the front.
I had an extra couple of snowflakes that I adhered to the inside and stamped a sentiment with Memento Black Ink from the same Making Christmas Bright stamp set.

This was a pretty quick, CAS card for me and I am slowly building my Christmas Card stash for December!

Thank you for sticking to the end and if you would like to purchase any of the items shown today from my Stampin' Up! online store, just click on one of the links below.:
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