I’ve said a few times before that I live in Central Florida, about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach. It has snowed, if you call flurries snow, a few times but not in many years. Winter for us is normally about 3 weeks long in December/January. We had near freezing temperatures a few nights ago, but the days have been in the 60s and low 70s I love this weather. My Southern California transplanted husband absolutely can not stand it.
Anyway, here’s my card for the Cardz 4 Guys # 262 challenge:
The snowflake background might look a bit familiar since I used it for another design team card, which you can see here. When I created the first one, I thought it would be good to create a second one to use at another time.
A Bit of a Repeat
I think the subtle variations of color in the Balmy Blue background show up better in person. Since I did not want a solid piece of colored cardstock, I used a sponge brayer. The brayer allowed me to create a very subtle texture using the Balmy Blue ink.
Once the ink completely dried, I had some fun with the snowflake stamp from Snowman Season and some VersaMark ink. First, and foremost, I made sure to use my embossing buddy all over the background. The buddy lifts oils from fingerprints, which creates cleaner images. Next, I randomly stamped the snowflakes all over the blue background. Make sure to turn the snowflake stamp so you don’t create a uniform pattern. Then I covered the snowflakes with white embossing powder, and heat set it all. Don’t you just love watching the magic happen?
I used glossy white cardstock and the fabulous curvy dies to create the snow drifts. The curvy die made the whole process so easy since I wanted to have different shaped drifts.
The Snowman and the Layout
Since I didn’t want to use the punched out snowman, I need to figure out what I was going to do. I finally decided that I would use the snowball juggling snowman. After stamping and coloring him, I loosely fussy cut him out so I could put him on top of the snow drift. Then, I added five elegant faceted gems for the snowballs.
The layout is from a sketch challenge. Of course, I didn’t write down what challenge it was. I used the reverse side of scraps from the First Frost DSP for the shiny diagonal pieces at the top.
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