Friday, 5 November 2010

Snowflakes, Sparkle and Something New!

Well, I've finally done it.  Yep, I've made a start on my Christmas cards!  Not got too many to make, but this time of year is a great excuse to make lots of cards and blow the dust and cobwebs off all that festive stuff I have been hoarding.  Being a fairly new card maker I like to try out a few new ideas on my cards and have certainly done some different and new things on this card (well they are to me lol)

I am what you would class as a hoarder.  I hoard everything and my only defence is I come from a long line of hoarders... and craft stuff is no exception.  I think it was because the first papercraft project I ever did was my partner's scrapbook for his 40th birthday, and I still refuse to throw away any scraps of paper 'just in case they come in useful'.  And believe me I have folders and storage boxes full of scraps and other bits and bobs I just can't bring myself to throw away.  I did get myself sorted earlier this year and put all my xmas stuff separate so it wasn't cluttering up the rest of my stash when it was only going to be used a couple of weeks a year.  Fun side of that is I generally forget what I have and it always comes as a nice surprise when I dig it all out again and discover things I had forgotten I had :-)

Anyways... onto this card.  I only discovered Stazon ink a few months ago and was so impressed with it's ability to stamp onto awkward surfaces and bought myself a pack of acetate sheets to have a mess around with and then the whole pack sat on the shelf waiting for me to decide what on earth I was going to use it for.  Christmas cards and the like seem to be obsessed with snow, but snow is white and unless I embossed with white powder it didn't really show up as snow, just blank bits on a piece of white paper.  Well that just isn't good enough hehehe  I while ago I had bought some cotton white opaque stazon and snow is the perfect use for it when stamped on acetate. I found I had a nice snowflake stamp and it worked really well on the acetate in white... so from this point the snow shaker card was born... a first try at a shaker card for me and I think it worked (though I have to admit I had a prototype that went a bit pear-shaped when I tried to take out some of the snow, but I will pretend that never happened).   I stamped a cute snowman image onto some card and coloured it with promarkers and then coloured round it in black (I can take no credit for this part as my daughter suggested the snow would show up better on a dark background) and then I created a reservoir for the snow out of a roll of foam tape so I had some nice long strips - it was too wide but I cut it down the middle and it worked just fine and formed a frame around the stamped image.  Then I filled it with snow (or holographic embossing powder to you or me as it was nice and fine and a little goes a long way) and then peeled off the paper from the tape stuck the snowflake stamped acetate to seal in the powder.  Trimmed it to size, stamped some more snowflakes on some dark blue card and made a frame for it.

Another thing I have accumulated is embossing folders.  I have a few in varying sizes but they are usually too small for my project or not the right pattern but I used a really simple polka dot Cuttlebug folder for this one as I wanted to do it in two halves for sky and ground.  I initially embossed a piece of the same dark blue card I had used for the frame and swiped the white stazon over the nobbly bits (I am so good with my descriptions aren't I?) to pick the detail out in white so it would look like snow, but although it showed up ok, it wasn't totally clear as the ink is opaque.  So I waited patiently for it to dry... (ok, so I cheated and blasted it with my heatgun) and then got out my clear embossing pad and really worked it into the pattern so that it would get down to the flat bit and then sprinkled a load of the holographic embossing powder I had used for the snow, tapped off the excess and blasted it with my heatgun again and OMG if it doesn't sparkle like a snowy sky!  I then embossed a piece of plain white and did the same embossing trick with it to create a carpet of gleaming snow for the base of my card.

With having the snow behind acetate to contend with and the likelihood of this ending up on a family member's mantlepiece this Christmas, I think an easel is the only way this would stand up at the right angle without falling over due to the additonal weight of the acetate frame at the front.  Might try another construction as I LOVED making this card but this one works great.  The stopper for the easel and the sentiment is cut from a test piece of the dry embossed card with holographic powder embossed over that, cut with my labels 4 nesties set from The Stampman.  The sentiment Let It Snow (the title of my all-time favourite Christmas time song!) was stamped and embossed with some Jydrangea Blue Mauve moonglow powders (also from The Stampman) and then embossed over again with more of the holographic stuff.  I've been hoarding a small length of tartan ribbon as it needed a Christmas card to live on and I hope it likes it's new home at the front of this card.  I punched a few snowflakes (again embossed for added sparkle) and used these as the finishing touches.

This photo shows the snow all over the image, which is probably how it will look when the recipient takes it out of the envelope...

But as the card is tilted, the snow begins to fall and collects in drifts at the bottom of the window...

I'm going to have a play around with a few more thinks to insert in the reservoir on some more cards.  Thinking glitter or some tiny pearl beads maybe, but that will have to wait until my next card ;)  Might even have a go at my first tutorial on doing this as it is really quite simple to do but so effective, so let me know you are interested and I will do one.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Craft Challenge - Dry Embossing
I Love Promarkers - Snowflakes
Creative Inspirations - Create a Shaker card
Charisma Cardz - With Love at Christmas
Everybody Art Challenge  - Untraditional Christmas
The Stampman - Anything Goes Christmas
Pattie's Creations  - Make a Christmas Card or Creation


  1. Great shaker card Sarah, thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.

  2. Sarah - Love your card!

    We have a challenge going that your card fits the Christmas theme, why don't you head on over and enter!

    ☺ Sandi
    DT Lead Team 1 for Pattie's Creations Challenge!

  3. Sarah, this is such a cute card for Christmas. Thanks for joining us at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge.

    Pattie ♥

  4. It's time I suck it up and try to make one of those shaker cards! You've done such a fantastic job, you've inspired me! Thanks for playing along with Pattie's Creations Design Challenges.

    Cleota - DT member, Team 2

  5. That's lovely and well done, you. I can't get on with my white stazon at all, lol. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

  6. Fabulous Christmas creation. Thanks for playing with Charisma this week. Good Luck
    xx Vee

  7. I love the snowflaskes. Great christmas card. Thanks for participating in our challenge at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge.

  8. This is a beautiful shaker card hun! Thanks for joining us this week at Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog! xxx

  9. super cute little creation here! fabby shakin' action, lots of fun glittery goodness. from one hoarder to another, thanks for joining the Charisma Gals! :D

  10. super fun card !-Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week -Kate x

  11. beautiful christmas card !! thanks for joining in our challenge.
    hugs tina46

  12. This is a very jolly card. Thanks for playing with the Stampman theme this time

  13. Pretty card Sarah. Lovely shaker box. Thanks for joining us at Patties Creations.

  14. Acetate and snowflakes - brilliant idea. Now where in my rather small supply of stash are mine hiding (roflmao!). Welcome to the DT for Crafty Cardmakers Sarah. Sounds like you are going to be right at home with us. xx

  15. This is so stinkin' cute!!! Love the acetate and snowflakes! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz! :D Hugs

  16. Hi Sarah, hat a gorgeous card. I love the image and your papers are beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

  17. I love the idea of a shaker easel Sarah! Brilliant:)