42 posts categorized "Snowfall"

10/25/2019

Fri 25

Chandele Star and Chandele Snowflake
by Vicki Finger

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I have a new project for you today featuring some fantastic items from Memory Box's latest Holiday 2019 Release.  I fell in love with this Chandele Star Die and knew I wanted to make it shiny & sparkly!  Those are my two favorite colors after all! 

I also used the coordinating Chandele Snowflake Die to both die-cut and to dry emboss my background panel. Just FYI, this word is pronounced "shan-dell" just in case you are like me and want to make sure you are pronouncing things correctly. 

I have a huge bin of scraps that I try to use as often as possible.  I noticed I had one in a coordinating color that had been die cut and had also been heat embossed - ON THE WRONG SIDE!  This is exactly why I keep those scraps.  So I took the Chandele Snowflake Die and using an embossing sandwich, dry embossed the image into this scrap card panel of Peacock Metallic Cardstock.

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Then I die-cut the Chandele Snowflake from White Glitter Cardstock.   This die does cut each of the tiny dots and other pieces that are shown in the image, but I am just not that patient so I wanted only the white glitter snowflake to put behind the Chandele Star Die.

I chose a light pool colored glitter cardstock and die-cut the Chandele Star Die from that.  Then I used the Memory Box Shining Star Set to die cut a simple Star shape in the largest size to go behind the Chandele star and the next size down to cut one from white to go behind the die-cut Chandele Star. You'll probably have to open the image in a new tab to see the color differences, but I promise you it's there.  I definitely needed that White to make the glitter cardstock die cuts really pop. 

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I wanted to add a few simple embellishments, so I added a jewel in the center of the star and also at the pointed tips of the star.  I also chose to cut the "Peace" word die from the same white glitter cardstock.  I tried a few different colors and the white definitely was the right choice.  Who doesn't wish for a little peace around the holidays? 

Originally, I had planned to line the star up in true North/South orientation, but when I was playing around with orientation before I adhered it, I liked it better in this "tipped" to the left version, which also does a better job of highlighting the Chandele Snowflake.  I used foam tape on the back-side of the snowflake to give it a little bit of dimension. 

Between the Shimmer Cardstock, the Glitter Cardstock and the little gems, this card is absolutely breathtaking in person. Thanks for stopping by today!  I love it when you take the time to leave me a comment!  

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10/11/2019

Fri 11

Holiday Greetings Stamp Set
by Vicki Finger

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Hello!  Today I thought I would do something a bit different for you.  I used the new Holiday Greenery Stamp Set from Memory box for my Watercolor Card. Isn't this swag just beautiful?  I'd love to have something so fresh and Christmasy in my own home during the holidays.

This was really easy to create.  I started by heat embossing the image onto a piece of Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Versamark and Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I took a combination of May Green, Green, and Dark Green in my Zig Markers and just scribbled it into each of the leaves.  Using a brush with very little water, I moved the color into the edges and let everything just kind of blend together how it wanted to.  I used the Red Zig for the Berries.  Next, using light blue, I went all around the swag, working the color outward with more water this time.  Once I got in and around all the berries and greenery, I added more of the light blue and worked it outward, turning the paper rather than trying to turn my hand.

I set this aside to let it dry before continuing on to the next steps.  While I was waiting, I chose the colors I wanted to use for all of the background layers. I chose Navy, Teal, and Satin Red, and die cut them with Rectangle Basics Dies.  

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I mounted those to a 4.25 x 5.5 Top Folding Navy Cardbase.  Using my Copic White medium, I mixed a little bit on the top of an acrylic block and using a Princeton Neptune #1 Script Brush, I put white splatter over the entire panel to make it look like snowfall.  Again, I set that aside to dry.  I've found that the longer bristles and smaller sized brush give me the type of splatter I was looking for in this case. 

Once that was completely dry, I added some Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell (white pearl) for the little berries and some White Blizzard for the highlight on the red berries.  I let that dry overnight and then hit it with some shimmer mist on the following morning.  Not too much as I didn't want the watercolor to run, but enough so that the recipient will notice when they receive the card.  Then I attached that panel to the card base with all the layers that I had prepared.  I also added a plain white panel on the interior for a note.  A simple gold sentiment to match the gold embossing, "Peace" in Cheshire Script finishes this card off.

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This is a little bit different of a style for me, so I hope you like it or that it inspires you to try something new to you.   I'm not super comfortable with watercolor, but I keep practicing, which means I am improving. Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  

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10/08/2019

Tue 08

Bauble Snowflake Frame & Sparkling Snowflake Trio
by Vicki Finger

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Hello there!  It's Vicki and today I have a card for you featuring some of the new Holiday 2019 Dies from Memory Box!  Given my love for shimmer and shine any time of year, you know that I had to use some of that on a winter snowflake card!  I started by misting up a couple of 4.25 x 5.5 card panels with clear shimmer mist.

I strongly considered using white on white for this card, but I wanted an "icy" color for the card base.  I chose Pearlized Powder Blue from PaperPapers.com.  Once my white card panels were dry, I die cut the Bauble Snowflake Frame Die from one panel and a couple of the smaller snowflakes from the Sparkling Snowflake Trio.  I mean, with "Sparkling" in the name, you know I had to do it.  With the other panel, I cut several more of the snowflakes so that I could layer them up on the front of the card and the inside of the card as well.  I could also have used a shimmer or metallic white cardstock but that paper doesn't give quite the same effect as the white card stock with shimmer mist on it.  These dies cut so well that I don't have any trouble popping them out of the negative.

Memory Box Dies are made in the USA of 100% US Steel.  I don't know about you, but that is something that's important to me as a US Citizen.  They also cut beautifully, every single time.  I am not using a metal adapter plate, but as my cutting pads wear, I may need to add one to my die-cutting sandwich.  I do have a Gemini, but I feel faster cranking everything through my Cuttlebug. When I found out that the Cuttlebug was being discontinued, I bought a dozen sets of "B" plates and a couple of "C" plates.  Eventually, I will have to switch over, but I'm going to be fighting it every step of the way.

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Once I had all the snowflakes die-cut, I started laying them on top of each other to see how I would group them.  I always like to put a sparkly little gem in the very center, so it was mostly a matter of what snowflake went on top of which other one. I pretty much always do the largest on the bottom getting smaller with each layer.  I also rotate the additional layers slightly to make it look like there are as many "branches" as possible together.  After I adhered them together at the centers, I laid them on a piece of white printer paper and Misted them yet again with the some Silver Iridescent Shimmer Mist.

After I set those aside, I grabbed the frame and used micropore tape all along the backside of it to keep the little pieces from falling out.  Then using my Tonic Nuvo Shimmer Pen, I went all over the front of the frame.  This gives the most sparkle possible but you need to be squeezing the brush a little the whole time to keep the product coming out.  I wouldn't really do it on something that was any larger because it would be pretty hard on your hands, but I wanted that super shimmery shine today.

After making my card base, I laid everything out on my card to decide how I wanted the layout to look.  I put foam tape all the way around the large frame and adhered it to the card base.  Next, I put Multi Medium Matte all around the small, skinny frame with the dotted detail and adhered it directly to the card.  I put gems around the larger frame at the inner corners and then at the center point on each outer side of the frame in the center of that side.  The detail in all Memory Box dies is just incredible and I have to say I love working with them.

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Normally, I try to block the sunlight from the afternoon hours by pulling down my blinds.  I hadn't quite gotten it done when I snapped this picture.  The sun had just gone partly behind a cloud eliminating the really dark shadows that come with full sun.  

This is really simple to do as it is primarily assembly.  With a variety of small one-word dies to choose from, it's easy to put a card together.  You could do mass die cutting, and then sit in front of the television and do mass assembly if you wanted to.  I have so many projects and ideas to share right now, so I'll be back soon with another project to share with you.  I'm trying to get better at remembering to take process photos for you, but there weren't really any in this case.  It was simple die-cutting and assembly.

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08/09/2018

Thu 09

Blog Blitz…New Snowy Circle and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day 4 of our 2018 Holiday Blog Blitz - keep cool with the new Crystal Snowflakes and Snowy Circle!  Hope you're enjoying our blitz - and commenting on each designer's post for a chance to win a great prize from our latest collection.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here mixing some old favorites with some soon-to-be new favorites.  Love how the old and new work together so well!

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Cut Snowy Circle from light aqua cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Attach the 3" circle behind the Snowy Circle.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the adhesive exposed in the Snowy Circle, and the little area below it.

Attach more Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut Crystal Snowflakes.  Remove the tape liner and brush the exposed adhesive with glitter.  Remove the inner portion of the smaller snowflake.

Cut Happy Penguin from white cardstock - and again from black cardstock.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind his beak.  Attach the black penguin behind the white penguin to create a narrow layer of black to outline the bottom of the white penguin.

Cut the top/side section from black cardstock.

Cut the ribbon end - from the Curled Ribbons die - from red velvet paper, or red velvet ribbon attached to a scrap of a sticker sheet of label paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut another rectangle and layer it behind the greeting for dimension and to make it look a bit like a raised label.

Attach the diecuts to  a Bayou Notecard - use foam dots for the penguin.

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Want a chance to win the new Snowy Circle die?  Just add your comment to this post - it's that easy to enter our random-selection drawing for this great new die!

Comment on each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win great prizes from our latest collection. The entry deadline is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday August 12th.  The winner will be announced on August 13th.  

Special thanks to everyone from the PARTY ANIMALS and MEMORY BOX 2018 HOLIDAYS class at Impress last weekend!  Lots of layering, laughter, diecuts and glitter!  Thanks to Jan for the sweet holiday chocolate treats - and to Jenny for those crispy lemon cookies.  Thanks too - Shari and Erin - for once again helping everyone fill their shopping baskets to the brim.

We're having our first BIRCH PRESS DESIGN class and trunk show at Impress on August 18th.  Make 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards with the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press, a Memory Box company owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Thanks for joining our Blog Blitz - good luck in the drawings!

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11/26/2017

Sun 26

Winter Wonderland
by Melissa Rusk

 Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I have a pretty winter card to share with you using some of the dies from the latest Memory Box release. Let's get started!

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I started with the new Wrapped Circles die set and cut out one in white and the next largest size out in a blue glitter paper. Then I took the beautiful Starlight Snowflake Collage and cut it in the white circle. I layered the circles together using foam tape to give my card some dimension.


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I placed the card on two coordinating colors of blue paper. To finish it off and add some extra magic and sparkle I used the Festival of Lights sequins set. It was the perfect color for my card today.

I hope you have a wonderful week and get some time to make something fun and fabulous!
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11/01/2017

Wed 01

Winter Wonder Cards Video
by Dave Brethauer

Greetings everyone!

I was working on some sample cards in the studio over the last couple of weeks and came up with a couple of ideas that I'd like to share.

I was trying to make some projects with a very soft look to them - pastel and blurry, like what you might imagine a scene to look like on a crisp winter morning with a little fog in the air.

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Both of these projects use deer - my favorite animal! - but I have scaled them differently.

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My first project is a sample I featured in our Holiday 2017 video - I had a lot of requests to do a step by step video on how it is made, and so I did!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

To create the soft look that I was going for, I used my Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio,  Broken China and Faded Jeans. I was careful with the amount of ink that I sponged onto the paper - adding just enough to create some soft bands of color.

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The key is to overlap the ink - I apply the color in a circular motion, over and over, a little at a time. It actually helps if your inkpad is a little dried out! That way, you don't get as much color on your sponge.

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For the sentiment I used 99794 Sentimental Merry Christmas cut out of glittery white cardstock. I was trying to keep most of the card white, but I noticed that when I cut out the Merry Christmas in plain white cardstock it was a little, well, plain.

So I decided to use something glittery (it always works!) and now the sentiment floats on top of the scene and really stands out!

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To create the composition, I used the 99823 Gentle Valley Oval and 99811 Gentle Horizon Oval - layered together to create a dimensional look. These two dies were designed to go with each other - of course you could use them individually, but when I created them, I made it so that one set of hills is slightly lower than the other. That way you can create some depth when layering.

There is a natural shadow that happens when you stack these together, so there is a little shading between the foreground and the background.

In the video you can see how easy it is to create the background and then fit it like a puzzle piece into place - the aqua and blue sky just slips right into place around the trees - it is so easy!

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To embellish the base of the card I used pieces of the Poppystamps 1872 Snowflake Screen to make the corners a little more interesting. Just cut the Snowflake Screen out of white cardstock and snip off a few areas to use on the card.

The base card is a Memory Box Powder notecard - it is so very pale blue, nearly white. In fact, you will probably think it is white unless you put some actual white cardstock on it! The effect is very subtle when you use a Powder notecard - but it really enhances the soft aesthetic of this handmade card.

Finally, I decided to use the Poppystamps 1886 Tiny Fawns at the bottom of the oval. They are just the right size and look like they are greeting each other on the hill!

I cut the Tiny Fawns out of white cardstock and colored them in with a Copic Marker (Brick Beige Cream copic marker) and then embellished them with a few tiny white dots on their back by using a White Opaque Pen.

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I had some extra materials lying on my desk so I decided to try the card in a different color scheme. I was trying to create a more "rosy" color scheme, so I sponged the background with Distress Oxide ink in Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick.

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Since the colors were a lot warmer, I changed out the glittery white cardstock for some metallic gold - and I love how the Merry Christmas shines in the sky!

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A quick spritz of water added some texture to the sky - and I decided to try just a solo deer. The Memory Box Cranberry notecard makes a basic background for the project - and you are done! The layer dies make this look like more work than it really is - and you could mass produce these in a flash! 

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For my second project, I wanted to really focus on minimal color and create a faded spatter effect behind the trees. I knew that I wanted to use the 99829 Alpine Trees and the 99167 Valley Deer Trio, so all I had to to do was figure out how to make the dark ink fade perfectly to white in the background.

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Iced Spruce turned out to be the perfect Oxide Ink for this effect - the gray is a little bit blue and green, and when I spritzed it with a little bleach solution (2 cups water to 1 tablespoon bleach), I could achieve the effect I was going for. You can see in the video that you want to start the sponging low on the card, behind the trees, and then fade the color out toward the top.

When I applied it to the paper, I tried to create sort of a pointed "blob" area that would mimic the outline of the trees. My goal was for that color to fade around the trees, so that the color appears to be only positioned behind the treeline. The edges of the ink were good, but not perfect. 

But a spritz of the bleach solution, centered towards the top of the sponged area, faded the edges of the ink beautifully!

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I tried the inked area in a couple of different positions on the card- and it turned out that it still looked great even if you didn't keep the ink directly behind the trees. 

It really is a mesmerizing effect - it reminds me of looking at the forest when the snow is falling really hard. All you can see is some shadow - and the rest of the sky is filled with white. 

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I realized that a little color would help the composition, so I cut the Valley Deer trio out of an off white cardstock and sponged them ever so gently with Distress Oxide ink in Vintage Photo.

I sponged them so that most of the color was at the top of their bodies - which naturally kept their stomach and legs a little lighter. Simply add a few white dots from a white opaque pen and they are ready to be used on the project! 

I hope you'll try creating your own soft and subtle projects - the soft pastel color is the star here! I hope you are inspired to make your own winter pastel project!

10/24/2017

Tue 24

Snowy Christmas
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and welcome!

   Today's card is a combination of embossing, ink blending, die cutting and paint spritzing using the new dies for the holidays.  It was fun to get out my supplies (ok, they were already out--I'm a messy crafter at times) and charge into this layered card...check it out.

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The trees and the cabin are two different dies that align perfectly to create this wintery scene.  I cut both from white paper and pieced the trees and cabin with solid colored card stock.  A little bit of diluted white acrylic paint spritzed on the trees created the snow pattern and a touch of white pen filled in "naked" areas.  

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For the beautiful night sky I blended Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks on a white paper panel, then spritzed with water to create a speckled effect.  This panel was positioned and adhered behind the circular opening giving the trees and cabin a starry backdrop.   

Using the Circle Basics die set, I selected the die closest in size to the tree and cabin circle sets for the front panel opening.  Next, a quick run through of this panel with a dotted Swiss embossing folder and then adhered all four layers together.  Starting from the back, that's Sky panel, tree layer, cabin layer then embossed white panel.

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For a touch more red, I added the smallest size of Poinsettia Blooms and the Brushed Merry Christmas sentiment....all sitting pretty on a green note card.  How's that for traditional Christmas colors!  Now to make a few more (per week) in time for the holiday mailings.  How many cards do you send out?  Each year my list grows longer since everyone loves a handmade card.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look at this snowy Christmas card! Jennysig

 

10/21/2017

Sat 21

Fabulous Snowy Sky Video by Dave Brethauer

Well, hello all you Memory Box fans!

I am so happy to share a video with you today that will teach you a background technique you will use over and over. The results are wonderful each time - and very creative.

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I think this is one of my favorites because of this particular combination of color - the blues and purples, and then the small golden accent. This is truly beautiful in real life - you must try this so that you can see it in person!

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I used Distress Oxide inks for the background - Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans and Broken China - all sponged together and overlapped. And then there is a small dab of yellow ink - Fossilized Amber - to create a little burst of light in the upper right corner.

I have been sponging backgrounds for a long time and by now, I can whip up a background in no time. To give it this bright spattered look I gave it a little spritz of water mixed with a bit of bleach. My portions change from time to time - the stronger the bleach solution, the brighter the white spots get and there is a more noticeable "halo" around the spots. Generally, I stick to a recipe of 2 cups water to one tablespoon of bleach, but you should try what suits you.

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You can see the difference between the two cards here - the card on the left has the tiny drops and the card on the right has larger drops. This is just a matter of how you use your spray bottle.

I spritz it with a spray bottle - if I squeeze quickly, then the spray comes out in tiny drops. If I squeeze slowly, then the spray comes out in larger drops. As a bonus - you will be disinfecting your craft area!

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I used the 99834 Single Deer Oval to create the first layer - and then the 99816 Batavia Snowflake Oval for the second layer. Both of these are cut out of white cardstock, which provides a bright contrast to the colorful background. Both ovals are exactly the same size, so they line up perfectly. And if you want to add some snowflakes to the card, the 99825 Batavia Snowflakes match the snowflakes in the oval!

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In the video you will see that you have some leftover pieces - like the reindeer above. This is what is left over after you cut out the background - don't throw it out, this makes another beautiful card!

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Adding a white background, and gluing on a few sequins - you'll have another card in less than a minute!

I have designed a lot of layered dies over the years, including the tree and branch collage dies in the Faerie Cards video I made awhile ago. It is a concept that I really have had fun with as I developed Birch Press Design Dies over the last few years - layering cut paper to create intricate artwork, like I did in my Peony Blooms video. I really enjoy assembling these layers to create some dimension on cards.

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I ended up really liking the color scheme that I used for the background, so I made about a dozen background pieces, changing where I was putting the color until I came up with a composition that reminded me of the Northern Lights.

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This turned out to work perfectly with a die that I hadn't played with too much - the 99822 Sheer Treescape. This die features some cut lines to create some texture in the paper - these extra lines do not cut out a shape but rather just add some extra detail to the image.

The treescape creates a perfect border - and the "Northern Lights" jump up through the treeline. The only change here is that I added Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot to the border to darken the edges. A spritz of my bleach and water solution added the look of stars (or snow, depending on your perspective).

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That beautiful sky was begging for something to be flying in it - so I placed the 99606 Small Reindeer Team in the sky for fun!

I hope you will try out this background technique - the bright spatters really make the background come alive and the colors seem to intensify. These quick cards are the perfect project to try this out on. 

I really hope you have fun if you try these cards! We'd like to give you a chance to make them by entering to win 3 dies! The Sheer Treescape die, the Batavia Snowflake Oval die and the Single Deer Oval die! Just leave a comment on the video or on the blog for a chance to win. Leave comments by October 26, 2017 at midnight Pacific Coast Time!

 

07/26/2017

Wed 26

Blessed
by Sherry Hester

Hello, everyone! As others have said, creating winter cards takes a little bit of the edge off of the simmering summer heat!

As soon as I saw the Soaring Bird die from the new holiday release, I fell in love. Lots of possibilities with this one! I started out by cutting a light blue piece of card stock to 3.75" x 5.5". I decided to use the  negative space of the die cut bird as a stencil, and sponged the open area with Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

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This creates a background for all of the open spaces of the die cut bird. I actually liked to softness of the stenciled look, which I'm likely to use on another card. I decided to die cut three of the birds and stack them for depth.  I also cut two of the Woodland Branch die, an oldie but goodie die that I hope is never retired!

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I adhered one bird over the stenciled image, then added glue to the top of that one and the second bird, which made it easy to line them up evenly.

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I then laid one of the Woodland Branches under the bird at an angle, and snipped apart the second branch in a couple of places so that I could position the pieces where I wanted. I stamped the sentiment in white pigment ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I added clear glitter to the bird's head and wings. To create the falling snow, I used Chunky White embossing powder, sprinkled it around and melted them by using the heat tool underneath the card stock. I then adhered the assembled piece to an A-2 top-folding white card base.

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I hope you enjoy this card! I'm so glad you dropped by and enjoy the rest of your week!

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07/19/2017

Wed 19

Snowflake Fun
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to day 3 of the blog blitz! Today I have a card that is snow much fun!

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I used the beautiful Tisdale Snowflake Collage for my card today. I die cut the collage in a white card stock and then glued silver glitter paper behind it to make my snowflakes sparkle.

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I glued it to a navy blue card and finished it off with a sweet little blue bow. Now for the fun part!

Would you like a chance to win the Tisdale Snowflake Collage? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the die.  Good luck!

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