One of the most recognizable symbols of Christmas, and Winter in general, is the snowflake. We don't see snowflakes in East Central Florida; however, most folks in Florida arrived from other places and most of THOSE places are very familiar with the sparkly, fluffy flakes. In fact, I was born in one of those states that have snow and I've seen pictures of me standing in snow as a very young child. Then my family moved to Florida and Winter became green and warm until I joined the US Navy. I saw snow in the Rockies near Lake Tahoe, in the hills and valleys of Maryland, the foothills of the Appalachians, and coastal Virginia. After I left the Navy, vacations took me to the Colorado Rockies and the Inside Passage of Alaska. In every place, the snow was spectacular, but I was definitely NOT a fan of the cold and slush, slipping and sliding.
I'll stick with portraying snowflakes on Christmas cards.
One of the items you may not have noticed in the July - December Mini Catalog is the Adorning Designs Decorative Masks. I just love masks as they are so versatile. You can sponge color, brush color, mist color, or use embossing paste. For this card I used the snowflake mask with Shimmery White Embossing Paste.
To begin, a panel of Misty Moonlight cardstock was placed on the Silicone Craft Sheet. The snowflake mask was placed over the cardstock and repositionable tape used to hold the mask in place over the cardstock and Silicone Craft Sheet. Shimmery White Embossing Paste was spread over the mask onto the cardstock and smoothed flat with the Palette Knife. Note that you need to work quickly as the embossing paste is drying as you work. In addition, keep the lid secured on the embossing paste while working to keep it from drying out. Immediately remove the mask by lifting straight up and then quickly wash off the mask, Palette Knife, and Silicone Craft Sheet to remove the excess embossing paste. If this isn't done immediately, it will NEVER come off of the mask and knife and will be difficult to remove from the craft sheet. Set the cardstock aside to dry. Depending upon the thickness of the embossing paste, the paste should be dry within 30 minutes.
The embossed panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Soft Succulent cardstock. A piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock was die cut with the 1-3/4" x 3-1/8" scalloped rectangle from the Scalloped Contour dies. The die cut was adhered near the lower right corner of the embossed panel with the right side of the die cut 3/8" from the right side of the embossed panel and the bottom edge of the die cut 5/8" above the bottom edge of the embossed panel. A piece of Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon was wrapped around the panels and tied into a bow near the right side of the embossed panel. The bottom edge of the ribbon is 1-3/8" above the bottom edge of the embossed panel and the knot of the bow is 7/8" from the left edge of the embossed panel. The panels were adhered at the center of the card front.
The "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" greeting, from the Holly Jolly Wishes stamp set, was stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Misty Moonlight ink. The greeting was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Succulent cardstock and adhered at the center of the Evening Evergreen die cut using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Three small Rhinestone Basic Jewels were adhered to the card front to create a visual triangle around the greeting.
The snowflake mask was placed over a piece of Basic White cardstock and adhered in place with repositionable tape or Washi tape. A Blending Brush and Misty Moonlight ink were used to apply ink to the cardstock through the mask. Because the intent is to create a soft background, ink the Blending Brush, brush off on a scrap piece of paper, and then apply the brush to the mask and cardstock in a light circular motion. The snowflake panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.
The "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" sentiment was stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Evening Evergreen ink. The sentiment was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Succulent cardstock and adhered at the upper center of the snowflake panel.
If you compare the snowflakes on the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope to the snowflake panel for the inside sentiment area of the card, you can see the difference between a soft background and a strong background. The difference is the amount of ink on the Blending Brush and the amount of ink applied to the cardstock through the mask.
For the envelope flap, a piece of scrap paper was placed between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope. The snowflake mask was placed over the envelope and held in place with repositionable tape or Washi Tape. The Blending Brush was used to apply Misty Moonlight ink through the mask to the envelope flap.
I'll be back soon with another project using a mask from the Adorning Designs Decorative Masks and the Holly Jolly Wishes stamp set.
Basic White: 1-3/16" x 2-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4", 1" x 3"; Evening Evergreen: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 2" x 3-1/4"; Misty Moonlight: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Soft Succulent: 4" x 5-1/4", 1-5/16" x 2-5/8", 1-1/8" x 3-1/8"; Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon: 18"
Supplies I used to make this card
Stamps: Holly Jolly Wishes; Inks: Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight; Cardstock: Basic White, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Soft Succulent; Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon; Tools: Adorning Designs Decorative Masks, Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Silicone Craft Sheet, Blending Brushes, Scalloped Contour dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives: Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Other: Medium Basic White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!: Repositionable tape or Washi tape, scrap paper