* Let it Snow * * *

We are having record cold in the Midwest this week, but alas, no snow. Here is a card I made that reflects my love of both snow and skating.

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Supplies

  • 80# paper in white, pink and brown. I prefer paper from The Paper Cut – www.thepapercut.com. 
  • Pink envelope
  • Clear acetate. I used acetate from The Paper Cut – www.thepapercut.com. 
  • Pink glitter paper
  • Bone folder – my favorite is Martha Stewart’s
  • Paper trimmer – my favorite is, Fiskars 12” ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer – www.fiskars.com. 
  • Spellbinder 3.25” circle die
  • Lawn Fawn, Let it Snow die. Lawn Fawn – www.lawnfawn.com. 
  • Die cutting machine. I prefer Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 die machine. Tim Holtz – www.timholtz.com. 
  • Impression Obsession, Skaters Silhouette. Impression Obsession – www.iostamps.com. 
  • Pink Ink Stamps, Pair of Ice Skates. Pink Ink Stamp Company – www.pinkinkstamps.com. 
  • Snow stamp by StampinUp. StampinUp – www.stampinup.com.  
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks – Spiced Marmalade, Warm Lipstick, and Peeled Paint. I also did some backgrounds in Warm Lipstick and Broken China. Tim Holtz – www.timholtz.com or Amazon – www.amazon.com. 
  • Tim Holtz blending tool and separate foam pads for each Oxide color. Tim Holtz – www.timholtz.com. 
  • StazOn black ink. Tsukineko – www.tsukineko.com or Amazon – www.amazon.com.
  • Memonto Luxe ink in Wedding Dress. Tsukineko – www.tsukineko.com. 
  • Misti Stamp Positioner – www.mysweetpetunia.com. 
  • Stampendous, Shaved Ice glitter. Stampendous – www.stampendous.com. 
  • Adhesives – Towbow adhesive runner – www.tombowusa.com, double sided foam adhesive and Tombow liquid glue – www.tombowusa.com. 
  • Fan brush
  • White acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Small white cotton ball 
  • StazOn All Purpose Stamp Cleaner
  • Swifer

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Steps

  • Cut white, pink and brown papers and acetate to size. White base cut to A2, pink 4” x 5.25”, brown 3.75” x 5” and another white 3.5” x 4.75”. Clear acetate cut to 3.50” x 4.75” .
  • Die cut circle on brown paper and cut out Let it Snow on pink glitter paper.
  • On smaller cut white paper, create a sunset by blending Tim Holtz, Oxide Inks. 
  • Stamp Skaters using StazOn ink. A stamp positioner is very helpful to get a crisp and dark image. Stamp snowflakes on acetate with white ink. Stamp skates on pink envelope. I used Tim Holtz, Walnut Distress Ink for the skates, but you can use any color.
  • Adhere pink layer to white base and skaters to the pink layer.
  • Outline the edges of the skater paper with double sided tape. I used a sheet of double sided adhesive and cut 1/4” strips on my paper cutter.
  • Adhere snowflake stamped acetate to back of brown paper.
  • Sprinkle Stampendous Shaved Ice glitter on top of skaters. Place brown paper with acetate on top of double sided adhesive. Make sure that there are no gaps at the corners.
  • Adhere, Let it Snow die with Tombow liquid glue to front. Adhere cotton ball.
  • To create snow on the pink envelope (the Memonto ink did not show), dilute white acrylic paint with water and flick on the with a fan brush.

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Black Ice Technique

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Rubbernecker Stamps – www.rubbernecker.comOpen Range

The Black Ice technique is a great way to use mirror papers in a whole new way.  It’s easy and looks great.

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Supplies

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This was one of the cards I developed for the article written about me in the Featured Artist,  “Reinker Favorite Techniques”, RubberStampMadness, Issue 202, Holidays 2018.

Steps

Cut mirror paper to size of stamp with desired boarder/space around the image. Place cut paper on the craft mat. Tip – I found that taping the paper down with removable tape prevented the paper from moving. Cover half the paper with scrap paper. With one hand hold down the paper on the covered half. With your other hand start by holding the black Stazon ink pad at a 30 degree angle, use the EDGE of the ink pad and start dragging the pad on the  craft mat and then the top of the paper, and drag the ink pad down the paper. Based on the amount of ink and your preference of dark ink at the top and bottom of the paper you can run the black ink on the paper again. Swap the scrap paper to the other side and do the same procedure.  Dry the mirror paper with the heat gun.

The next step is to stamp the image on the streaked mirror paper.  I strongly recommend the use of a stamp positioner for this technique fo two reasons. First mirror  paper is very slippery and when stamping the stamp tends to slip and move. Second, you want to have a good crisp image and a positioner allows you to stamp multiple times in the same place.  Dry the image with the heat gun.

Using VersaMark, follow the same steps that were used with the black Stazon, streak the mirror paper.  Do not use ultra fine embossing powder as you will not get the desired “ice” look.  Cover the streaked VersaMark paper with embossing powder.  Tip – do not touch the paper with your fingers, as the VersaMark will not stick and cover where you touched. Heat the powdered image. If you want more of an “icicle” look, use more of the corner of the VersaMark pad when dragging down the paper. 

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Stamp by Recollections.

This was one of the cards I developed for the article written about me in the Featured Artist,  “Reinker Favorite Techniques”, RubberStampMadness, Issue 202, Holidays 2018.

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Stacy Stamps – www.stacystamps.com, Woodpecker.

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2018 Review – My Favorites!

Thanks for coming with me on my artful journey in 2018. I appreciate the feedback, kind words and encouragement that I have received. With just a few months in, the site has had over 3,000 views, over 1,100 visitors and 200 followers from over 31 countries. I have lots of ideas and creations that I want to share with you in 2019, so please make sure to like, share and follow.

Here are my favorite cards and projects created in 2018!