Shimmering Snowflakes Christmas Card
Hello! Hope you are having a great day! I’m back today with a card I cased from Mindy Eggen that I watched her do on her channel using Distress Embossing Glazes. I had never tried the Distress Embossing Glaze and wanted to see what they were like. I really didn’t quite know what to do with them until I saw Mindy’s video.
For my card, I started off with a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inch piece of Neenah 110lb Cardstock.
I blended on Distress Oxide inks in Blueprint Sketch, Broken China and Salvaged Patina working from the darkest color on the outside edge of the cardstock to the center which has the lightest color. I wasn’t trying to get a perfect blend at all as it’s really not necessary for this card. Any blending will be overshadowed by the other stamping and embossing.
Once I was satisfied with my blend, I heat set the distress ink since they tend to take a while to dry. After using the heat tool, I did add some anti-static powder to the panel and made sure it was brushed over the panel evenly.
Next, I used the My Favorite Things Christmas Background stamp. This is a 6×6 red rubber stamp with a repeating word background on it. I placed that into my MISTI into the side where you normally place your cardstock. I added my ink blended background on top of the stamp trying to make sure it was evenly placed. I added a bit of removable tape runner to the back of the cardstock and closed the MISTI door to pick up panel.
I inked up my stamp using some Altier Shark Tooth white ink. This ink pad is very juicy so I just lightly tapped the ink onto the stamp. I closed my MISTI door and pressed to transfer the ink to my blended panel. I had to stamp a couple of times because I had one little area of the stamp that wasn’t stamping really well.
When I liked the look of the ink on the panel, I carefully removed it and once again used my heat tool to dry the white ink and added more anti-static powder to the panel.
Once everything was dry again, I added the panel back into my MISTI (into the normal position this time). I added the medium size snowflake from the Stamptember Collaboration with Gina K Designs called Shimmering Snowflakes. NOTE: This set was a Limited Edition release from Gina K Designs and has sold out, but I will link to several other stamp sets that you could use for this technique in my product links below.
I inked up the medium snowflake with some embossing ink and added the Broken China Distress Embossing Glaze to it and heat set it. This is a gorgeous, vibrant blue color but the beautiful thing about it is that it’s opaque so you can sort of see through it unlike most traditional embossing powder. This allows you to see the printed words from the background stamping behind the snowflake. Such a cool technique.
I proceeded to stamp and ink the remaining two snowflakes in the stamp using embossing ink and Distress Embossing Glaze. For the smallest snowflake I used Salvaged Patina Embossing Glaze and for the largest snowflake at the top, I used the Prize Ribbon Embossing Glaze. Of the 3 colors I used the Prize Ribbon seems to be the lease opaque. I think if I had heat embossed the background stamp with some white embossing powder that maybe it would have shown up more. Might be something to try for next time.
This technique would be great for making some beautiful Christmas Ornaments or tags as well if you had a coordinating die set.
I cut my stamped background down using an older, MFT Die-Namics Blueprint set that is retired. I continue to use this set because I just love the dainty scalloped edge on this die. It turned out to be the perfect die for my panel.
To mat my panel, I found a piece of dark blue cardstock in my stash. It is a sort of matte foil cardstock. I will look to see if I can figure out where it came from and link it below. I liked the fact that the cardstock wasn’t overly flashy for this card. I wanted my panel to be the star of the show.
I wanted to add a bit of splattered ink to my card. I added some white acrylic ink to a stamping block and spritzed it with some Perfect Pearls mixed with water. I used a paint brush to splatter some onto my background panel. When I was happy with the spatters, I spritzed the entire panel with the perfect pearls and water mixture. This added a nice shimmer to the entire background. I used my heat tool to make sure everything was dry before moving on.
Once all of my stamping and embossing and splattering were completed, I stamped the sentiment All is Calm, All is Bright using the Waffle Flower stamp and die set called Wonderful Christmas. I stamped onto some vellum and embossed with Simon Says Stamp Navy embossing powder. Once finished, I die cut it with the coordinating die that cuts out the entire sentiment. I just love that!!
My sentiment on the vellum seemed to disappear into my background so I cut a second sentiment shadow using some white cardstock and glued my vellum to it with some liquid glue. This brightened up my sentiment and made it pop.
I added some dimensional foam to the sentiment and placed it onto my background.
Finally, I popped up my background onto the blue cardstock with a bit of dimensional foam and added it to an A2 size card base made from 110lb Neenah Solar White Cardstock.
For some finishing touches, I added some Blue Azurite Pearls from Studio Katia.
That finishes up my card for today. I have linked to all of the products I used for today’s card below. I’ve also linked to my YouTube Video showing how I created this card as well.
YouTube: Shimmering Snowflakes Stamptember 2021
Thanks so much for stopping by today!