Friday, November 21, 2014

Shimmering Snowfall

Update...I've added a few pics toward the bottom of this post with some instructions on how I made this first card. :)

Have you ever taken a walk out in the snow on a cold evening and as you're walking along you can see the snow shimmering everywhere you look when the light hits it just right?  I sure have and that's what inspired this card...well that and the fact that we've had more snow here in Michigan than we know what to do with right now! lol  We're in for a break I think, but I'm not ready for the rain and sloppy mess that we might have the next few days.  Yup, give me a good snow storm over rain and mud when it's cold out!  So this week at the Friday Mashup Avery has challenged us to do a couple of things...

        Create a project using "a Metal Embellishment (Staple, Brad, Grommet etc.)".                    
 Create a project using "Weather as your Inspiration"

 think storms, Clouds, Rain, Sun, Warm Sandy Beaches. 

     or Mash it Up! and create a "Weather inspired project with a Metal Embellishment".

Now you can see why I made a card with snow...the weather was definitely my inspiration!  I added a few retired brads that I had stashed away to use as my metal embellishment.

Lots of great cards over at the Friday Mashup this week.  Check them out HERE and play along when you get a chance.

I'm actually adding a second card to this post also since I was kind of working on both cards at the same time.  Believe it or not I had this picture stashed away to use another time.  I didn't like how it had turned out when I originally made it, so I did a little more work on it until I was happy with what I had. :)  Wish I had taken a pic of it before I started working on it again so you could have seen the difference.  Too late now though!

I hope you've enjoyed my shimmery snow cards. :)
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

A picture tutorial for you...

Take a 3 1/4" x 4 3/8" piece of whisper white card stock and a scrap piece of paper or sticky note and cut a curve on it like the pic below.  Attache it to your card stock if you don't have a sticky note using a removable adhesive.

Use the embossing buddy, VersaMark pad and oak tree from Lovely as a Tree for the next step.  Ink up the whole tree with the VersaMark pad, and color the trunk gray with a marker after using VersaMark on the whole tree.  Stamp tree using the stamp-a-ma-jig to place it correctly.  Use white embossing powder for top and clear on the trunk.  Yup, that means you need to be careful when putting on the embossing powder.

Punch out a 1" circle on a thin piece of scrap paper and place it where you want the moon in the sky. Now sponge or use a brayer to color the sky (I used a brayer).  I started with Pool Party and brayered it all the way to the yellow piece of scrap paper.

Next sponge or brayer on Island Indigo going down about half way.

The last color you need to sponge of brayer is Night of Navy.  Go down about 1/3 of the way.

Now that you have the sky done lift off your scrap piece of paper and reposition it so you can start sponging your rolling hills. It's hard to tell in this picture, but if you look closely you can see I've sponged Pool Party about half way up the "hill".  I started by the yellow of my scrap paper and sponged my way up.

Next I sponged Island Indigo starting once again at the bottom of the hill and sponging upward.

In this picture you can see that I've finished off my first hill using Night of Navy and repeated the whole process again on the second hill.

Here's my third hill following the same step each time...sponge on Pool Party, Island Indigo and Night of Navy.

Carefully peel off your moon and if there is any sticky residue left use your adhesive remover to get it off.  You can see in this picture that I also finished off the last hill like the previous three.  I just didn't need to use the scrap piece of paper anymore.  To make it shimmery I spritzed the scene with Smooch Spritz.  If I spray it directly from that spritzer it will have bigger clumps.  For a shimmery look without the clumps I mix a bit of Smooch Spritz with 70% rubbing alcohol and spray it using one of the Stampin' Up! spritzer bottles.  Since I needed a thank you card I added that to this card. :)

Instead of using the Chevron embossing folder for this card I used the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.  I used Island Indigo card stock cut at 4"x 5 1/4".  I then layered that on Night of Navy card stock cut at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4".

I hope my instructions with pictures helps anyone who wants to give this card a try!  If you have more questions don't hesitate to ask. :)

Supplies used on these cards:

retired brads & sticky notes

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  1. Really, really pretty, Sara!!!! I can just hear the crunch of the snow under my feet!

    1. Thank you, Jenny! I have to admit I love hearing the crunch of the snow when I'm walking in it. :)

  2. I love the snow cards but haven't had any luck finding your instructions on creating the snow effect. I'd really like to use your technique on my Christmas cards this year. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Freda. I created the snow effect two ways. On the first card I used something called Smooch Spritz and the color is Vanilla Shimmer. I buy mine through Stampin' Up! I would think this is sold in craft stores as well, but I have to admit I've never looked. When I spritz this on the card it can come out in pretty big blobs so you want to make sure you're not too close to your card when you spray it. On the second card I used the stamp set Gorgeous Grunge and stamped the snow with the speckled stamp using craft white ink, then spritzed it with the Smooch Spritz. Everything else was done on my card, so this was the last two steps. Oh, if you just want a shimmer instead of bigger "blobs" of snow you can mix a bit of the smooch spritz with 70% rubbing alcohol and spritz that on your card too. I hope this info helps! If not let me know.

  3. Just beautiful, Sara!... Love them both :)

  4. These are beautiful! Where did you use the embossing powder?

    1. Thank you, TeriJean! I used the embossing powder on my first card for the tree. I stamped the tree using VersaMark, then used the Basic Gray Stampin' Write marker to color in the trunk. Then I very carefully put some white embossing powder on the top of the tree and put clear embossing powder on the tree trunk. I hope that makes sense. :)

  5. I love the effect of the glisten on your cards. How exactly did you do it? I see you used embossing powder but what else? Perhaps you could do a tutorial as this technique is amazing. TFS

    1. Thanks, Janelle. I have to admit I put a lot of sparkle on some of my cards. lol I did write a reply up earlier in this post of how I got the shimmer on my cards. :) I'm going to try to do a step by step picture tutorial on how I made the first card. I'll just be updating this post when I do it. I'm hoping to get it done this weekend, but no promises. :( If you have any other questions just let me know and I'll try to answer them. :)

  6. so snowy so beautiful so sparkly awesome card.

  7. These are both gorgeous! Love the snow scenes you created in both! The reflection pond is stunning!

  8. Very cool Sara! Congrats on being the FS at SCS. Love this card! I cased your galaxy greetings card - loved the colors! Lovely as a Tree is so versatile - I think if someone told me I could only have one stamp that I would chose it.

    1. Thanks, Nancy! I think I would agree with you about the stamp set. It's my all time favorite! :)

  9. Wow!!!! Your cards are absolutely gorgeous!

    1. Thanks, Susan! These were definitely fun to create! :)


Thank you for your comments. I read everyone! If you ever wonder how I've made something I'd be glad to let you know! Sara


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