Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Snow Swirled Christmas

Truth be told, I created the original version of this card last year. But sadly there was no Stampingville blog last year. So I thought I would share the "new & improved" model with you today. I really didn't change much, but I couldn't resist adding the Basic Pearls and using the new Decorative Label punch. This was another favorite from my recent Holiday Cards Stamp Camp.

  • The first time I saw this stamp set, I immediately thought: embossing powder! For this card, it's Iridescent Ice for extra sparkle.
  • Use craft ink with clear embossing powder or Iridescent Ice to color coordinate your projects easily.
  • The "swirly" background, created with a Texturz plate, just "happens" to coordinate beautifully with this stamp set. It's a key benefit of using Stampin' Up! products that I can rely on.
  • Organza ribbon and pearls - a classic combination for an elegant card.

While you can't tell from the photo, the swirly background has a subtle shimmer to it. I used Frost White Shimmer paint to create my own shimmer spray:

How to Make Shimmer Spray
Pour one or two ounces of isopropyl alcohol into  a clean, small spray bottle. Pour in several drops of Shimmer Paint. Shake very well to mix.  Test your shimmer spray on a scrap of card stock. If necessary, add a few more drops of Shimmer Paint to the mixture and shake well again.

The mixture can be sprayed on card stock and designer series paper; allow a few minutes drying time before handling.

TIP: Spray the shimmer solution on card stock and immediately texturize using the Texturz Plate. The damp card stock causes the impression to be more defined.

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Supply List - A Snow Swirled Christmas

Stamps: Snow Swirled (111690)
Ink: Bashful Blue Craft Ink (Craft Stampin' Spots-Subtles Collection #119716 or Uninked Craft Stampin' Pad #122265 and Bashful Blue Craft Stampin' Ink Refill #105146)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Bashful Blue (105120)
Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Backgrounds 1 (Swirly) Texturz Plates (114512), Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615),  Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), XL Decorative Label punch (120907), Lots of Tags Sizzlet pack (114508),  Heat Tool (100005)
That Special Touch: Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon (114319), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (101930), Basic Pearls Jewels (119247), Frost White Shimmer Paint (116854)

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