As an avid paper crafter you could say I’ve made a lot of Christmas cards. Recently I’ve been looking back at photos and it’s fair to say that most of them are quite ‘safe’ designs. By that I mean simple folds making the most of patterned paper, stamps and occasionally, dies. Today I decided to be a bit more adventurous and take the Snowflake 12” x 12” Specialty Vellum as my inspiration. The pack contains three different snowflake designs and this project is all about the soft white ‘flocked’ pattern.
My thought was to really highlight this very touchable soft raised design so I decided to keep the card layout and colours really simple.
I started by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Thick Basic White Card for my card base Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next from the flocked snowflake sheet I cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece. Vellum is notoriously difficult to adhere without the adhesive showing through, but I had a plan. I decided to use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Normally with card I would just run a line of glue around the edge of the piece, but I knew with vellum that would definitely show through. Instead I “scribbled” lines of glue over the back of the vellum. Then using an old piece of sponge I spread the glue in a very thin layer over the whole piece. With that done I fixed the vellum over the front of my card base. It worked! The vellum was firmly stuck with no tell-tale adhesive.
Flushed with success I knew that the snowflake vellum could become my coordinating feature. So next I cut a 1″ x 5-1/4″ strip and fixed it down the right-hand edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I glued this layer inside the card base.
Finally I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece of the snowflake vellum and glued that to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then I trimmed off the excess vellum with Paper Snips using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Now that I’d finished with the vellum I could turn my attention to the sentiment and knew exactly where to look, the Brightest Glow Stamp Set. This set is full of great Christmas sentiments and I was spoiled for choice.
In the end I chose “Season’s Greetings” and stamped it onto some Thick Basic White Card using Starry Sky ink.
I didn’t have to look far for a suitable die to cut out the sentiment. It was right there in the Labels Aglow Dies which were designed to coordinate with the stamp set. So after die-cutting it out I added the sentiment to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To finish I decided to add three small Pearl Basic Jewels to the ‘un-flocked’ centre of the three large snowflakes on the front of the card. With that my experimental Christmas Card was complete.
I have to say that I love how this card turned out. Covering the snowflake vellum with a thin layer of liquid glue worked even better than I’d hoped. Now to try out some other ideas with the remaining specialty vellum in the pack. Watch this space…
Actually this isn’t the first project I’ve created with the Snowflake Specialty Vellum. I did use a piece on a Christmas Card last month in my blog post Gnomes and snowflakes.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Brightest Glow Stamp Set and coordinating Labels Aglow Dies using a single “bundle” item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included both options below in case you want to explore these further.