Two weeks today will be Christmas Eve and a week later the last day of 2020. So I suppose I shouldn’t be too upset that winter appears to have arrived. As I sat down to make today’s project the snow was gently falling outside. Not a lot, but enough to leave a dusting on the ground. I think it’s due to warm up a little so it’s unlikely to stay for long. Later in the week? well that might be a whole different ballgame.
With the snow outside I decided today’s project should be a Christmas card featuring the retiring Winter Snow Embossing Folder.
WINTER SNOW BACKGROUND
I began my project with the Winter Snow Embossing Folder. I love the all-over snowflake design and decided to bring that out with ink. To do this I used a Sponge Brayer to add Misty Moonlight ink all over the ‘smooth’ side inside the embossing folder. Then I placed some Whisper White Card inside the folder and embossed the card. When I opened up the folder the card had been embossed and the ink had been pressed into the background. Unlike dragging an ink pad over the surface, the Sponge Brayer gave a lighter effect that didn’t leak into the cavities of the embossing folder. This was exactly what I was hoping for.
TIP – To clean the embossing folder, simply hold it under running water then dry it off with a towel. If I don’t need the embossing folder again I would then simply leave it to air dry. However to speed up the drying process I put kitchen paper inside the folder and run it through my machine. This forces the absorbent paper into the crevices of the folder so it’s ready for use right away.
I decided to use the inked embossing as my coordinating feature for this project so after drying the folder I reinked the inside again. Then I placed a second piece of Whisper White Card inside, but this time only a 1″ strip down one of the long sides. Then I ran this through my machine.
I cleaned and dried the embossing folder again and reinked it one last time. Then I placed the flap of a Whisper White Medium Envelope inside and embossed that. After washing the folder and setting it aside to dry I was ready to move on with the rest of my project.
For my sentiment I turned to the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set. Using Misty Moonlight ink I stamped “Snowflake wishes for a merry Christmas” onto a piece of Whisper White Card. Then I cut it out using the #B3 die from the Stitched Rectangles Dies. While there I also cut out a piece of Misty Moonlight Card with the #B4 Stitched Rectangle Dies.
Before finishing with the die-cutting I needed one last piece, a crisp white snowflake. So I put some Adhesive Sheet on the back of a scrap of Whisper White Card and then cut it out using the smallest snowflake in the So Many Snowflakes Dies.
Now I was ready to begin putting my project together.
First I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Misty Moonlight Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next I took the Whisper White layer with the 1″ embossed strip and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix a 1/8″ strip of Misty Moonlight Card down the edge of the embossing. With that done I glued the assembled piece inside the card base.
Turning to the front of the card I then glued on the ink-embossed background.
Then I removed the backing from the die-cut snowflake and attached it to the top of the die-cut Misty Moonlight rectangle. After adding a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the centre of the snowflake I fixed the piece to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
All I had left to do was attach the sentiment over the top with more Stampin’ Dimensionals and I was finished.
For some more projects featuring the Winter Snow Embossing Folder see these earlier blog posts:
- Winter snow for winter occasions
- Snowflakes – stamped, embossed and die-cut
- Embossing a card base for a change
UPDATED 2021 – Sadly the Winter Snow Embossing Folder has retired and is no longer available from Stampin’ Up!