I'm always looking for
different ways to decorate the backgrounds of my cards, rather than
using Designer Series Papers, dry embossing or stamping.
thought about using snowflake die cuts, and absolutely love the result!
idea of the bell and the fir was inspired by a card that was posted to
Pinterest five years ago, so that was the starting point for today's card.
The Pinterest card was stamped, but I decided to use die cuts as we have
two stamp sets with co-ordinating dies that are ideal.
I cut several fir
branches in three different sizes, using Emerald Envy Cardstock (CS)
and the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.
Then I painted them using my Wink
of Stella Clear Glitter Pen.
To make the bells, I took a scrap of Smokey
Slate CS and wiped over it with my Embossing Buddy.
Using Versamark Ink,
and one of the bells from the Seasonal Bells Stamp Set, I stamped four
After I had dipped them in my Whisper White Embossing Powder box, I
tapped off the excess powder and heat set the images using my Heat Tool.
There were two reasons why I stamped four bells!
First was because that
was the size of the scrap of paper I'd picked up, and second was
because, although I knew I wanted two bells for the front, I wasn't sure
what I'd be doing on the inside.
This is how I end up with so many
images stamped/heat embossed/punched/ die cut/etc which I use in later
I decided to use Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper snowflakes,
because I had a small pile of six of them sitting on the shelf behind me, and which had been there for a couple of weeks - a leftover from a previous project! LOL!
of them in the pile have been used on this card, and I die cut an extra
four, plus another four of the smaller snowflake which came from the
same set of dies - Seasonal Tag Framelits Dies.
As I didn't use the
smaller snowflakes on this project, they're waiting for a future
FYI this set of dies co-ordinates with the Seasonal Chums Stamp
Set, and the Pretty Pines Thinlits co-ordinate with the Christmas Pines
punched the bow I've used on the top of the bells using the Holly Berry
Builder Punch, and more Glimmer Paper. Then the fun really started!
played around with lots of different layouts, but always leaving space at
the bottom of the card for the sentiment.
I hadn't given this any thought
at this point because I would decide once I'd finished the layout of everything else.
I was happy with the layout, I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the
three branches to a layer of Whisper White CS, and these included two smaller branches, and one medium branch, which I'd cut off two sets
of the lower branches.
When they were in place, I painted two of the bells using
the Clear Wink of Stela Glitter Pen, and adhered them, making sure they
covered the ends of the branches, using Dimensionals.
Then I adhered the
bow in place using Tombow on the back of the bow tails.
it was time to adhere the snowflakes in a random design around the
bells, and like when painting this kind of background, I made sure some
went off the edge.
When they were all adhered in place, I turned the
layer over and trimmed off the overhanging snowflakes. I adhered this
layer to a layer of Emerald Envy CS, and then onto a Whisper White CS card
decided to use the Happy Christmas sentiment from the Seasonal Bells
Stamp Set, and then to cut it out freehand!
So I took a scrap of Whisper
White CS and wiped over it using my Embossing Buddy.
I inked the stamp
in Versamark, then in Emerald Envy Ink, and quickly dipped the images in my box
of Clear Embossing Powder.
After I'd heat set the sentiment, I painted
it with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, cut it out by hand, and
then adhered it to the card front using Dimensionals.
finish my card, I added a layer of Whisper White CS onto a layer of
Emerald Envy CS and adhered it using Tombow.
I arranged a bell and sprig
of fir in the bottom right hand corner, and added a Dazzling Diamond
Glimmer Paper Bow I'd found in my packet of cut outs made but not used!
really happy with today's card, one of the few that I don't look at
thinking I could have done this or I should have done that! LOL!
have a very busy day ahead of me today, as we are doing a craft show on
Saturday, and I have masses of projects to sell, but I haven't prepared
them i.e. priced, wrapped, labelled, etc!
I hope you have a great day, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.