I love a good, thick snowfall that leaves a Winter Wonderland for however long it sticks around before it warms up enough to melt it. In Texas, that is usually a day or less. The white is almost always accompanied by blue skies which is such a contradiction in and of itself. So when it came time to put this card together, I was very inspired by the colors we were to use. I also wanted to use some sparkling elements because, just as in nature, when those sunny blue skies hit the snow, the sparkle is immeasurable. But, a girl can try.
I die cut the Bold Borders: Flurries from some white shimmer metallic cardstock and then cut a piece of white glitter paper to put behind it. I have a few types of glitter paper and this particular one does not die cut well at all. If you just want to put some sparkle behind a border or frame die, it is perfect for that as it cuts simple shapes nicely. It just doesn't seem to be able to be intricately cut. I have several sheets of this that I got several years back and this particular style has a plastic substrate which is the issue with intricacy in die cutting. The glitter papers with an actual paper substrate cut fantastic in the Gemini. I still use my Cuttlebug most often for die cutting, but anything that has a lot of detail, like the snowflakes, cuts very well in the Gemini.
For the snowflakes, I used Simon Says Stamp Glitter Cardstock in Teal and Sapphire. I added little gems to the center of each one with Multi Medium Matte and let that dry before attempting to attach them to my card front. I made a top folding Horizontal Cardbase from Papertrey Ink's Stamper's Stamper's Select White Cardstock and started adhering everything into place.
I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Two Feet Deep Stamp Set and stamped it with Versamark then heat embossed it with some Sapphire Pearl Embossing Powder from Recollections. I don't often use colored embossing powder, but this was the perfect match for my card! I always treat with my powder tool so that I have nice clean embossing. I used a vertical strip from MFT to put my sentiment on since I was planning to do it on an angle. This will be a fun card to send to a friend in the Winter months.
I took the inspiration photo quite literally this time around but you sure wouldn't have to. I can't wait to see what you make for the challenge!
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