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Shimmery Snowflakes

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Today's post features snowflakes.  Not that we ever see any in this part of East Central Florida... [Well, to be truthful, we do see them but they are manufactured for an event; like the snowflakes I saw at Disney's Hollywood Studios this past weekend while walking through the street sets decorated with the Osborne Family Lights.]  This project was inspired by a scrapbook page featured in Stampin' Success, a magazine published for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, that featured the Stampin' Spritzer with reinkers and alcohol to create custom backgrounds.

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For this 8" x 8" scrapbook page, I used Frost White Shimmer Paint and 70% Rubbing Alcohol (in a mixture of 3 small drops of paint in a spritzer 80% full of alcohol).  The Snow Flurry Bigz die was used to create snowflakes from thin cardboard or chipboard that were scattered across the Night of Navy base page.  Then the paint/alcohol mixture was spritzed over the page.  There are a few things to remember:  1.  Be sure to mix the paint/alcohol mixture thoroughly by gently moving the spritzer back and forth multiple times, 2.  Do a test spritz on a piece of scrap paper to make sure that the spray nozzle is pointed correctly and to judge how near or far you need to be from the paper (close = large drops or splotches; farther back = mist), and 3.  Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area [VERY IMPORTANT!!].  Using 70% Rubbing Alcohol for this mixture does have one small disadvantage:  the water content will tend to buckle the paper a bit.  You can avoid this by using a higher percentage rubbing alcohol; however, be advised that with the Shimmer Paint, the higher the alcohol percentage, the more likely the mixture will be splotchy rather than misty.

The snowflake at the upper right corner of the page was made from Shimmery White cardstock (largest snowflake), Champagne Glimmer Paper (medium snowflake), and Silver Glimmer Paper (smallest snowflake).  The layers were adhered together and to the base page with Mini Glue Dots.  The center of the snowflake features a large Vintage Faceted Designer Button with a Large Jewels Basic Pearl adhered to the center bowl area of the button.  Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the button to the center of the Silver Glimmer Paper snowflake.  Strips of Champagne, Silver, and Red Glimmer Paper were adhered across the bottom of the page.

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A page embellishment was made by stamping "Peace on Earth" (Greetings of the Season stamp set) on Shimmery White cardstock and punching it out with the Extra Large Oval punch.  The sentiment was adhered to the center of a piece of Red Glimmer Paper punched with the Decorative Label punch using Stampin' Dimensionals.  More Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the Red Glimmer Paper to adhere to the base page after the photos have been placed.

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Here's a Christmas card made using elements from the scrapbook page.  You can see the spritzed snowflakes on the card front and the die cut snowflakes; the only change is the size of the Vintage Faceted Button (the smallest sized button) and the size of the pearl adhered to the center bowl area of the button (the largest size pearl in the Jewels Basic Pearls).  The scrapbook page embellishment was adhered near the bottom of the card front.  A piece of Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon was threaded between the two pieces of the embellishment, wrapped around the card front, and knotted at the right of the embellishment.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Strips of Champagne, Silver, and Red Glimmer Paper were adhered along the top and bottom edges of the liner.  A Christmas greeting (from the Petite Pairs stamp set) was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Night of Navy ink.

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"Peace on Earth" was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Night of Navy ink.

I'm really pleased with the way these projects turned out.  It's hard to see in these photos, but the shimmer and shine from the papers and the spritzed Shimmer Paint create a truly lovely effect.  And very reminiscent of a snowfall on a clear night.


Stamps:  Greetings of the Season, Petite Pairs; Inks:  Night of Navy; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper, Red Glimmer Paper, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, Large Jewels Basic Pearls, Jewels Basic Pearls; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Stampin' Spritzer, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Decorative Label punch, Extra-Large Oval punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Snow Flurry Bigz die; Other:  Page Protectors, Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Rubbing Alcohol (70% or 91%), thin cardboard or chipboard (suggest the thin cardboard placed inside the Designer Series Paper)


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Oh so pretty and sparkly! I love the background you made!

Sara Mattson-Blume

The background is so very beautiful for this card! I love the technique, but you made it extra special.


I didn't realize the higher alcohol content would change the effect. I couldn't get my spray to "mist" and thought perhaps it was the mister itself! Thanks for the tips, info and beautiful inspiration!


I love the snowflake background - I use this technique with watered down paint and die cut snowmen every year in my classroom to create a mural. It always comes out awesome. Love, love the glimmer paper at the bottom too!

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