Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Purple Flakes?

Sure! Why not? Give your creations a special touch by changing up the colors on your snowflakes. Try the traditional light blue and white for a crisp, clean look. Go vintage with brown and blue or pink. Or, do like I did, and add a bit of chic whimsy with purple, green, or whatever tickles your fancy.

I wanted my snowflakes to sparkle, so I used Versamagic Dew Drop inks. They're a hybrid dye/pigment ink. So you can emboss on them if you do it quickly. I only stamped a couple of flakes at a time, then covered with Iridescent Ice EP. I added these purple flakes to a gorgeous sheet of Webster's Pages Winter Wonderland paper. The lower portion of the card is dry embossed with the Cuttlebug Textiles folder, then the whole thing got mellow moss ink sponged around the outside. The photo corners and tag also came courtesy of my Cuttlebug (Vintage and Flower dies, respectively). I added even more shimmer and sparkle with a Sakura glitter pen (dots around the tag) and some miscellaneous rhinestones (tag and corners).

And here's an easy way to do the bow and tag combo, because I'm not very good at tying bows attached to the card: Just run a straight strip of ribbon across the card. I tape it down on the back of the layer. Then put an O-ring through your tag, then around the strip of ribbon. Close the O-ring. Now you can thread a second piece of ribbon through the O-ring and tie your bow. It also makes the tag hang very nicely.

So go look at your color choices, and decide what kind of "feel" you want for your next card.

Stamps: Winter Wonder (Verve Visual)
Paper: Mellow Moss, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Old Olive (Stampin' Up!); Winter Wonderland Collection: Starbright (Webster's Pages)
Ink: Purple Hydrangea, Spring Pansy (VersaMagic); Mellow Moss, Old Olive, Pale Plum (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Vintage and Flower Dies and Textile Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug); adhesive rhinestones (Darice); ribbon (Dashes, Dots & Checks); jump ring; Glitter pen (Sakura); 1.25 inch circle punch, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up!); sponge

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