You need to get comfy and maybe
brew a nice cuppa too
This tutorial from Crafty Field
requires a little concentration -
not, I hasten to add, because it is
difficult but because it is full
of brilliant ideas
Batch making Christmas cards is a good idea
if you want to make lots of cards in a minimum time.
It also saves on supplies and I am a thrifty crafter,
however, I don't like making lots and lots of similar cards,
I get bored easily... Hence my idea...
I bought Tando Mini Snowflakes
First I pushed each Snowflake through and obtained a stencil,
which is actually the "waste" part.
Using 2 shades of Color Bloom sprayed
on a piece of watercolour paper.
The Color Bloom sprays are very good
to give a good definition as the spray is very fine
and so dries quicker instead of spreading,
especially underneath the stencil.
However, as this makeshift stencil is a lot thicker
than the usual plastic ones, I really needed to spray
from above rather than from the side.
Still I can live with blurry snowflakes...
Secondly I did the opposite by spraying the
Color Blooms over the Snowflake shapes themselves.
In a twofer (2 for one) I now have a background
and some coloured snowflakes!
Once dried this is what they look like
Next I thought of using my stencil as an embossing plate.
It is important when doing this to create the appropriate sandwich,
starting with what your machine recommends for embossing folders.
From there add shims until you get enough pressure.
For an even more detailed embossing, I placed the Snowflakes
on top of the holes where they used to be, but over the embossed card.
[This mimics what an embossing folder does]
In the photo, the Tan thing with Snowflake outlines is my embossing mat
which has taken some of the "dust" from the laser cutting off the snowflakes.
A bit of Treasure Gold to highlight the texture....
Finally as embellishment I tried molding additional snowflakes
by pushing some paper clay through the stencil.
This experiment wasn't entirely successful so
I wouldn't recommend it unless you're as stubborn as I am!
A sentiment die-cut from gold paper finishes the card.
There you have it Snowflakes 4 ways!
And now I can make a few more cards with the
results of this experiment AND I still have all of the
Snowflakes to play with.
What a bargain was that!
The finished card
Thank you Crafty Field
I'm off to make a batch of cards.........
See you all again tomorrow