Snowflake Wishes Winter Blues

Snowflake Wishes Slimline

I’m using Snowflake Wishes for this week’s Winter Blues themed Blog Hop. For my friends in Australia, this is the Winter season. And, if you live in the USA, you may be wishing for a little cool weather right now.

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Slimline Card

I used the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set and So Many Snowflakes Dies to create this Winter Blue slimline card. If you’ve never made a slimline card, you should try it. I started with a 7” x 8 1/2” piece of Balmy Blue cardstock, and scored the 7” side in half at 3 1/2”. That’s it! So simple, and it will fit in a regular business envelope.

Snowflake Wishes Slimline Card

Greeting Element

Using the label die in this set, I cut an opening in the left side of my Night of Navy panel, and stamped my greeting in Night of Navy directly on the card base under the cutout. I added a couple of small snowflakes in Balmy Blue as the cutout space looked a little empty. The navy panel was embossed with the Tasteful Texture 3D Embossing Folder. Black dimensionals raise the navy panel to allow depth for the cutout and are less noticeable than using white ones.

Snowflake Wishes Slimline Greeting

Stamped Panel

I took a 3” x 3” square of Basic White cardstock and stamped three medium snowflakes in Night of Navy. I filled in the empty spaces with smaller snowflakes stamped in Balmy Blue. Using my blending brush, I added Balmy Blue ink to the larger snowflakes. It tends to pick up a tiny amount of the navy, which I quite like. Then I cut the panel into 1” strips and used the same blending brush and Balmy Blue around the edges of each strip to give it more depth.

Snowflake Wishes Stamped Panel

Inside

For the inside, I simply stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy . Then, added a few Balmy Blue snowflakes to fill some of the empty space.

Snowflake Wishes Slimline Inside

Let’s Hop!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Winter Blues card. Let’s see what my friends have created by clicking on the names below.

My slimline card was pretty easy and didn’t require a ton of supplies. Here’s the fixin’s:

Thanks for visiting today. I’d love to hear what you think about this card in the comments below.

Band Stamping Tutorial

My apologies for not posting lately.  We had a death in the family, and have been spending a lot of time dealing with finances, insurance, etc.

I know you’ve all been waiting for the tutorial of the technique used in the cards from the last few posts, so here goes!

BAND STAMPING  TUTORIAL

Create a colorful band of color on projects using this simple masking technique.

1.  Determine where you’d like your color band. Cover everything except the band area with scrap paper (masks), using washi tape or painter’s tape to secure.  I like to do this on grid paper to get these pieces lined up straight.  If you use painter’s tape, be sure to remove some of the tackiness by patting it on your clothing a couple of times, so it won’t tear your cardstock.

2.  Choose two or three ink pad colors, and apply the lightest color to the band area with sponges, daubers or blending brushes. Add the next color sparingly in smaller areas.  I used Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel on my sample.

3. If desired, stamp images in the darkest color. I stamped the snowflakes in Blueberry Bushel.

4. Remove the masks to reveal your beautiful band of color!

This was the first card I made using this technique.  It uses the Snowman Season stamp set, which was in the last Holiday Catalog.  But, good news!  It will be back in the fall!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  This is a very simple technique that doesn’t require a lot of supplies, but it can make a BIG difference in your cards.  I’d love to see what you make with this!

Here’s the fixin’s: