Christmas · Friendship · Intermediate Cards · Winter

Warm and Cozy

final_productIt’s a cold (California) evening, and I was feeling like making something cozy. This cute snowman card was fun to make, and highlights the new Shimmer Paint.

The card base is Balmy Blue, and is made by cutting a sheet of 8.5×11 paper in half. I like to score first, at 4.25″ on the short side, then flip and cut it in half at 5.5″

The background was a fun new technique I was playing with. The paper is standard (not thick) Whisper White card stock, cut at 4×5.25″. I embossed it first using the Cable Knit embossing folder. Then I mixed in a ramekin:

  • Four drops of Balmy Blue Ink
  • A good sized “glop” of Champagne Mist shimmer paint
  • About 2 tablespoons of regular rubbing alcohol

Here’s what the solution looked like:

Ramekin

Then I used a sponge brayer and rolled the mixture onto the paper. The sponge will absorb the whole amount of the liquid, but you can dab it off on the edge of the ramekin. I expiremented with how hard to push with the brayer and how much to have on the sponge, and you can see that you have a lot of options using the same mixture:

Embossed Layers

I used my heat tool to help dry the embossed layers more quickly, but with alcohol, if you did these first, they’d probably dry by the time you finished cutting and coloring the other pieces.
I found using the multipurpose glue was the best way to adhere the pieces to the card base, since there are so many different heights in this dynamic folder.
For the front sentiment and the snow people, the hinge stamping feature on the Stamparatus made this go very quickly. (I’m left handed if you’re trying to figure out why I use the top of the Stamparatus at that angle.) Another trick is to use a single width stamp case under it, so you can have the plate lie flat for inking.
stamparatus
I finished up with blends to color the snow people, and a touch of Wink of Stella to have them glitter too.
Here’s a close up of the finished card front:
Card Front
Thanks for reading, and happy stampin’!
~Kristin

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Christmas · Intermediate Cards · Winter

Snowflake Showcase

This limited edition stamp set is only available during November 2018, and it’s a keeper!

I used my embossing mats to emboss the large snowflake from the Snowfall Thinlits onto Whisper White card stock, and then mixed a little bit of Balmy Blue re-inker, water and the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint in a ramekin. I used a dauber to “paint” the cardstock, and loved how the darker bits around the embossing turned out.

Finally I layered on a variety of snowflakes cut out on the White Velvet paper and the White Glimmer paper and stamped my sentiment in Night of Navy.

For the inside, try using the hinge stamping feature of your Stamparatus to line up the image just right. On the envelopes, I used Balmy Blue and just played around with different snowflakes in the set.

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Note: Items in red are available for purchase only during November 2018.


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