Christmas Snowflake Cards
Christmas is only 57 days away! I think it might be a good time to crack on with my own Christmas cards. No need to panic! This year, I am going to make my life easy, and stick with a simple but effective design that's easy to replicate 20 to 30 times! I don't really have much choice. With a 7 months old baby, it's either that or I will need to hire an elf army to help me out! The Christmas snowflake cards below are lovely, though there are quite a few different steps and techniques involved, so perhaps not the best for batch making. If you like to make simple cards for friends and colleagues, and more intricate cards for really close friends and family only, this would be a good choice. You can easily make 5 to 10 of these in one evening without wearing yourself out too much. Mind you, if you grab yourself a bag of Maltesers or a mug of mulled wine, you can make even more :-)
When embossing the snowflake, you can either do this before or after applying the distress oxide inks. If you do the embossing first, it takes a bit longer to apply the ink because of all the small areas within the snowflake. I find it easier to colour the background first and then emboss the snowflake. I also like to use a water brush to wash some of the colour off. This adds an aged effect to the card. I used the Spectrum Noir glitter pen to flick glitter dots all over the card.
I have die cut the small snowflakes out of vellum (parchment paper works just as well) and silver mirri card. As always, I recommend using the adhesive sheet on these. It's much easier to stick them on - as long as your background is dry. If you stick them on to the inked card too soon, they don't stick very well. In the video, I also used the adhesive sheet on the vellum sentiment. It sticks better but it loses its transparency slightly. It really is up to you whichever you prefer.
To add a bit more shimmer, I used Perfect Pearls. I simply used a brush to get a thin layer of the powder onto my card. Another way to add shimmer effect is to mix Perfect Pearls with some water, and use a spritzer to spray the liquid evenly onto your card.
I used the Santa's Sleigh set of stamps and dies for the Merry Christmas sentiment (on the cards above) and also to die cut the reindeer from a pearlescent card. I used this set last year to make my Christmas cards, and I also used it in a class - we made a Christmas scene inside a shadow box. It's really sweet and versatile set.
I must admit, I can't remember what brand the snowflake dies I used are, so I listed two current snowflake die sets from Altenew and Stampin' Up! Both would work well to create the snowflake card. I know Hobbycraft sells cheap mini snowflake dies and dies by Intricut. I am not sure what the quality of these is though. I am always dubious if something costs a £1 :-) This is based on my experience with Hobbycraft's own tape dispensers for £1. More often than not they just don't work - the tape tends to slip out of the roller and it's a battle trying to get it in!
List of Supplies:
Purple card base: 14.8 x 21 cm (5 7/8'' x 8 1/4'')
White card: 10 x 14.3 cm (4'' x 5 5/8'')
Silver Mirri card - Hunkydory
Vellum (or parchment paper)
Pearlescent White card
Winter Wonder Textured Impressions embossing folder - Stampin' Up! (available on Ebay)
Santa's Sleigh stamp and die set - Stampin' Up! (available on Ebay)
Hearts Come Home - Stampin' Up! (available on Ebay)
Distress Oxide inks - Blueprint Sketch, Seedless Preserves and Shaded lilac
Heat embossing tool
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen
Perfect Pearls - Ranger