Here is another fun card for this time of year! We haven’t had as much snow as we usually get in our neck of the woods, but it has been chilly.
The darling little snowman is a stamp I got in the dollar bins at Wal-Mart a while ago. I stamped it on a white square of Core’dinations pearl paper, using a StazOn ink pad in Jet Black. I know that Copic Markers are the in thing to use right now to color in stamped images or digistamps, but I don’t happen to have any of those just yet. SO, I used my handy-dandy Twistables from Crayola! Honestly, I love Twistables: they never get dull, they won’t melt in your car, and they come in a ton of great colors.
I mounted the snowman square on a square of dark blue card stock, with a blue sparkly ribbon behind it. I didn’t have a ribbon that was as wide as I wanted it to be, so I just cut two equal lengths of the ribbon, trimmed them at opposite angles, and snugged the two pieces right up against each other when I adhered them. You can tell it’s two pieces of ribbon if you really look at it, but at a glance, it just looks like one piece.
The snowflake brad is one that I got from a Making Memories warehouse sale a looooong time ago. It was white, but I wanted it to be silver, so I dabbed the front of the brad on my Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad and then poured silver embossing powder over it. [The embossing powder is from a company called Impressive Stamps. I got it back when I was in high school. I don’t think they’re in business anymore.] I melted the embossing powder with my heat gun, and voila! A silver brad!! I would love to try this with some of the more current embossing powders that are out on the market, but this is what I had on hand. I added a crystal from Imaginisce for even more bling.
I used my Silhouette Studio DE software to divide a scallop square into a rectangle and two squares and then cut them out in the three different shades of blue, using my Cameo. I cut a piece of scrap cardstock into a 3″ square as backing to hold the three shapes together so that I could run the entire shape through my Cuttlebug, using a snowflake embossing folder.
I cut another 4″ matte from the white pearl paper and adhered the blue scallop square on top, and then the snowman square on top of that on the left hand side of the card. The card base is from Lasting Impressions paper in Barely Blue.
So, this would be a fantastic card to send in to Operation Write Home, except for one big thing: the sparkly ribbon! The glitter on that ribbon could get my entire box of cards quarantined! Even one tiny piece of glitter can make one of our Heroes extra-visible to night vision technology, so as much as I love to sparkle up a card, I love my Heroes even more. If I make any more of these cards, I will substitute a very different ribbon in place of the sparkly ribbon. The crystal and the silver embossing are fine because their sparkle doesn’t rub off. Got it?
PS: I submitted my card in this week’s colourQ challenge. I couldn’t resist using those gorgeous shades of blue! See?
PPS: I also submitted my card on retrosketches’ challenge #40. The design is way cute!
PPS: In addition, I submitted this card to CASology.blogspot.com. Their inspiration was SPARKLE, so I just had to participate!!