With the Winter only a matter of a few days in East Central Florida, it always seems strange to make Christmas cards with a snow flake theme. I can imagine my friends and family in the cold Northern climates snickering and thinking to themselves, "What could she possibly know about snow?" I have lived in snowy climates, for a few years at a time, as a member of the military and later as a military wife; so I do understand the stunning beauty and wonder of a fresh snowfall. But always in the back of my mind was the impatience for warm tropical breezes, lots of green, and, yes, even humidity.
However, for my BFF Terry, a Christmas card just isn't a Christmas card unless there's a snowflake. I guess it makes sense since she grew up in the North and all of her earliest memories of the Holidays include snow. When I was thinking about making a Christmas card for her workshop, I knew that a snowflake or two needed to be included in the design. Fortunately for me, one of the Christmas card swaps I received at the Stampin' Up! Convention in July was this card designed by the extremely talented Lorri Heiling.
So I thought about how I could use this card for project inspiration. You can see that I didn't stray too far from Lorri's design. Why reinvent the wheel?
This card begins with a card base of Gumball Green cardstock. A piece of Shimmery White cardstock was embossed in the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions embossing folder, matted with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, and adhered to the card front. A strip of Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper was snipped on one end to create a banner tail and adhered near the lower left edge of the card front.
The focal point begins with a piece of Gumball Green cardstock punched with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. The snowflake mug image, from the Scentsational Season stamp set was inked with Cherry Cobbler ink then the ink over the hot chocolate inside the mug was removed with the Blender Pen and replaced with Early Espresso ink applied with the brush tip of the Stampin' Write Marker. The image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and die cut with the corresponding Holiday Collection Framelits. The die cut was pressed into a Versamark ink pad, covered with Peppermint Sticks Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder, and heat embossed with the Heat Tool. The room really smelled pepperminty with the Heat Tool going during Terry's workshop! [Unfortunately, the pepperminty smell didn't seem to last long on the embossed image, so Stampin' Up! has recently removed this product from their Holiday Catalog offerings. I really LOVE that they are so diligent about ensuring that their products meet high quality standards!] The same process was used for the steam rising from the snowflake mug; however, this time the ink color used was Crumb Cake. The coffee cup and steam were adhered to the scallop circle using SNAIL. The "merry" image from the Tiny Tags stamp set was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink, punched out with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch, and adhered to the handle of the snowflake mug with a Mini Glue Dot. A piece of Linen Thread was tied into a bow and adhered to the tag with a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. A banner of Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper was adhered near the left edge of the liner and a 2 3/8" scallop circle of Gumball Green was adhered on top of the banner. A piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock was placed over the medium snowflake of the Snow Flurry Bigz die and die cut in the Big Shot. The snowflake was adhered at the center of the scallop circle. The peppermint stick image, from the Scentsational Season stamp set, was stamped on Whisper White cardstock, die cut with the corresponding Holiday Collection Framelits, pressed into the Versamark ink pad, covered with Peppermint Sticks Scented Stampin' Emboss powder, and embossed with the Heat Tool. A piece of Linen Thread was wrapped around the peppermint stick and tied into a bow before adhering it on top of the snowflake with a rolled up Mini Glue Dot. The beautiful Christmas greeting from the Delightful Dozen stamp set was stamped to the right of the scallop circle using Cherry Cobbler ink. [I have to admit that when I finished the liner for this card, I realized that I had a great design for a card front!]
The peppermint stick image was stamped near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Cherry Cobbler ink. The "merry" image was stamped next to the peppermint stick, also using Cherry Cobbler ink.
If you look closely at the center of the snowflake mug on Lorri's card you'll find a small Jewels Basic Pearl. I added one to my card, too, but it disappeared sometime after finishing the card for the workshop and taking the photo for this blog post after the workshop.
Terry and all her friends at the workshop really had fun making this card and were very surprised at how quickly the card came together thanks to the Big Shot. It was fun to listen to them talk about the Christmas cards that they had made in years past and their plans for this year's cards. It's never too early to start!
Stamps: Delightful Dozen, Scentsational Season, Tiny Tags; Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Versamark; Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Shimmery White, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Be of Good Cheer; Embellishments: Linen Thread, Jewels Basic Pearls; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Peppermint Sticks Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder (Retired), Heat Tool, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Snow Flurry Bigz die, Multi-Purpose Platform, Northern Flurry Textured Impressions embossing folder, Holiday Collection framelits; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope