Saturday, January 3, 2015

Warm Winter Wishes

I like to send cards for no specific reason.  To me, it means more to get a card when there is no holiday or birthday. It means someone was thinking of you for no other reason except for being you. I made this card during the holiday season but I decided to not send it until after the rush.  In fact, I just decided who the recipient would be and will be mailing it tomorrow.

The final card.

What I Used to Make My Card:
White Square Card Base
Silhouette Cameo
Layered Snowflake Cut File (a freebie)
White Cardstock
Blue Cardstock
Various Ranger Stickles; Star Dust, Crystal, Diamond & Arctic Ice
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Cornflower Blue
Warm Winter Wishes stamp by Quietfire
Gems (from my stash)
Small piece of silver fiber
Distress Marker in Stormy Sky

Hanging Snowflake
I began by finding a snowflake that was layered so I could cut the layers out of different color cardstock; I chose blue and white and I cut a full set of each color.  I decided which pieces I wanted to use in my snowflake and set the others aside.  I hadn't decided what I wanted to do with my snowflake when I had cut it out but I knew I wanted to make it sparkle.  I broke out my Stickles and decorated the snowflake, careful to let it fully dry in between colors (because I know that wet Stickles means smeared Stickles).  Then I went into my stash of gems and chose a few that I felt complimented the blue cardstock I used.  I let the snowflake dry thoroughly and attached a piece
Just the Snowflake
of silver fiber on the back so it can be hung up, and really kept out all season long, if the recipient wants to.

I put the snowflake on the card, once all the Stickles were dry, and stamped "Warm Winter Wishes", using Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Cornflower Blue, on a small piece of white card.  I love this stamp - actually, I love everything that Quietfire Design manufactures - everything is so beautiful and elegant.  The white card blended in with the card base so well I used a Distress Marker to edge the stamped sentiment. 
See how the sentiment blended in?
I think made the sentiment pop a bit more. I am lucky that the Stormy Sky matched the Cornflower Blue ink so well!   

It's a simple card, but I think the sparkly  snowflake makes this card pop.  I hope you enjoyed my short tutorial and please leave me a comment (I'd love to visit your blog and do the same for you, so  please leave your blog address in the comment section!).  And, as much as I love the holidays, I'm happy to get back to my routine ~ Blessings! Christi
Another view of the finished card
I am entering my Warm Winter Wishes card in the following challenges:
Card & Scraps - #88, Use a Stamp (I used warm winter wishes)
Die Cut Diva's (M) - Anything Goes 
Lady Bug Crafts (1/8/15) - Blog Candy
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes (entry #2)
Stampotique Designs - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge - #282, Cold & Frosty Colors
Fairytale Challenge - #108, Snow
One Crazy Stamper - January Challenge, Blue & White and an Embellishment

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