When I think of winter occasions I almost always think of Christmas and that’s where I started today. But as I was designing this project it occurred to me that there are lots of other times a card may be needed in the winter. People become ill or pass away, they get married, have babies and birthdays too. Then it dawned on me that simple snowflakes could be appropriate on any of these other cards. In fact the sentiment is the only reason today’s project is now a Christmas card.
I began my card with a sheet from the Snowflake Splendor 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. I liked this pattern because of the watercoloured look and the somewhat unusual colour palette.
First I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece and using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached it to the flap of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Then with Paper Snips I trimmed the DSP to shape using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Next I cut a 3/4″ x 4″ piece of the DSP and glued it down the left-hand edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Card. Along the edge of the DSP I then added a 1/8″ x 4″ strip of Gold Foil Sheet. This layer would eventually be used to line my card base so I set it aside for the moment.
I still needed one final piece of DSP and cut this one 2″ x 4-1/4″.
For my sentiment I chose “let the joy of the season fill your heart” from the Wrapped in Christmas Stamp Set. Using VersaMark ink I stamped the sentiment onto the DSP strip then sprinkled it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Next I tapped off the excess powder and removed some stray specks. Finally once I was happy, I melted the rest of the powder using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
After the embossing had cooled I used liquid glue to mount the sentiment onto a 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Gold Foil Sheet. Then I set the assembled piece aside while I worked on the card base.
For my card base inspiration I went back to the Snowflake Splendor DSP pack. Looking on the label I could see that one of the colours used in the designs was Coastal Cabana. I haven’t used this colour for quite some time and so that’s what I chose today.
Using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored the card then folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
While I liked the colour of the card base, I did think it looked a little plain. So I decided to emboss the front using the Winter Snow Embossing Folder. After that I used liquid glue to fix the Whisper White layer on the inside.
Then all I had left to do was attach the layered sentiment to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals and my project was finished.
I love the simplicity of this card design and definitely plan to try it again in the future with different sentiments.