time to examine and admire them. Smile. Feel somehow warm inside. And then walk on in appreciation. What a mysterious gift!
For winter cards, I tend to gravitate toward snowflakes. As snowflakes gravitate toward the Earth.
Another person, Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) also gravitated toward snowflakes. He came up with a way to capture snowflakes on black velvet to photograph them in all their intricacy before they melted and disappeared forever. His photographs are incredible in their perfection. I am always fascinated with his work, and even own a book about him and his frosty friends.
If you are interested in more detail on Bentley and his snowflakes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Bentley Here is a copy of one of his photos, in all its icy wonder.
Anyway, Stampin' Up! introduced to its adoring public a new stamp set, Snowflake Soiree
(page 5 of the Holiday Catalog), which I immediately fell in love with. This stamp set called
to me to use it with emboss resist. And I responded with this card:
We created it at my November workshop. Instead of the traditional way of doing an emboss
resist by sponging with ink, this one uses reinker instead. It's a little messy, a little less predictable, and I think, a lot of beautiful.
I know they're not as beautiful as Bentley's snowflakes, mostly because these snowflakes
are merely (wo)man-made. And not the real thing. You can see how the inks run and flow
into each other to form marvelous marblized areas of mystery, evoking a wintry sky.
To create your own Believe snowflake card:
Snowflake Soiree stamp set
Tempting Turquoise card stock
Whisper White card stock
Glossy White card stock
Reinkers in various light blues and purples (I used three retired Stampin' Up! inks)
Tempting Turquoise ink
White Embossing Powder
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Tempting Turquoise card stock in half, and crease it well
with a bone folder.
Stamp the various snowflakes randomly across the Glossy White card stock with VersaMark
ink. (I did not use the largest of the snowflake stamps.)
Cover the stamped snowflakes with White Embossing Powder, tapping the excess back
the container. Heat to emboss. Make sure ALL the snowflakes are shiny!
Drop a single drop of each of the three reinkers on a scrap of glossy card stock. Spritz
the embossed piece with water. With an Aqua Painter, pick up a bit of one of the colors
and randomly drop it here and there among the wet snowflakes. Continue doing this with
each of the colors until your background is covered with blended inks. Use the Heat Tool
to move the colors around and to dry the piece. Isn't that pretty?
Wrap a length of Tempting Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon around the snowflake piece, securing
it on the back. Adhere this piece to the card front.
On a 1" x 3 1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp "Believe" in Tempting Turquoise.
Use a square punch to create the flagged end. Attach this over the ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals. Tie a bow in a piece of Tempting Turquoise ribbon, and attach it to the card
with a Mini Glue Dot.
Now, enjoy those real snowflakes when they make their appearance!