Thursday, December 11, 2014

Countdown to Xmas: 25 Cards, 25 Days - Day 11

We are supposed to receive a lot of rain in the next few days.  I heard school was canceled in parts of the Bay Area today.  Imagine that, a "rain day" not a "snow day."  Today's card is inspired by those good old snow days where you can sleep in, snuggle up on the couch in the front of the TV and just watch the snow fall outside your window.  I used the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp along with their Season's Greetings wafer die. The patterned paper I used wasn't actually Christmas paper.  It's from the Carta Bella It's a Celebration birthday collection.  Doesn't it look like snowflakes though?

I also pieced together a Flipagram video showing the making of this card:

  • Layer the stencil on top of the patterned paper and use a white gel pen to draw in all the snow dots.  Most people use embossing paste or paint for these types of stencils.  I didn't have either one, so I went with my handy white gel pen.  It worked fine, although it was a little tedious at times.
  • Cut out the Season's Greetings from the blue card stock.  (Note: I realized this step was optional at the end of making the card.  I still cut it out, but you don't have to.  You can just glue the sentiment directly on the patterned paper.  That would be MUCH easier than piecing it back together.)
  • Cut the out five Season's Greetings sentiments from the white card stock, but adhere the adhesive sheets to the back before cutting.  This makes gluing layer on top of layer 10,000x easier.  
  • Glue the layers on top of each other.  Don't forget the apostrophe mark!
  • Stamp the greeting in Versamark ink and cover with Silver Pearl embossing powder.  Here's a comparison of how the greeting looks with and without embossing powder.

  • And a step-by-step on how to add the embossing powder.

Step 1: Stamp in Versamark Ink.  Step 2: Dip in Embossing Powder.  Step 3: Use tweezers to hold and heat emboss.

  • Add enamel accents to some of the snow dots to add more dimension.  I chose to add them to the medium and large dots, not the small ones.
  • Glue the sentiment onto the card.
  • Here's how it looks close-up with the enamel accents:
A close-up shot of the layered embossed greeting

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