Saturday, November 9, 2013

FESTIVE FLURRY

You haven't missed one of the many wonders in the current Stampin' Up! holiday catalog, called Festive Flurry, have you? HAVE you?

The bundle consists of the stamp set and matching Framelits. The largest of the four snowflakes measures a little over 4", while the smallest is a precious 2". By letting the Framelits do all the fussy cutting -- the EASY way -- you are treated to luscious detailed snowflakes without all the work.

This set simply begs to be made into ornaments, and that's just what I did:


This photo, taken more at an angle, shows the dimensionality of the ornament, achieved by separating the  various snowflakes with Stampin' Dimensionals.


My basic colors, on top of the Whisper White, were Bermuda Bay and Embossed Silver. When I stamped the two snowflakes in  Bermuda Bay ink, they seemed flat and without dimension and richness. What to do? I ended up first inking the stamp with VersaMark, then with Bermuda Bay. I added Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder to the stamped images, and heated to emboss.

The same process can be used with Clear Embossing Powder in place of the Iridescent Ice. A more subtle look, but it's still embossed. Isn't this a great way to do embossing in ANY color??!? And so easy. 


The center of attention is one of the Frosted Finishes Embellishments found on page 28 in the same catalog. M photo simply cannot capture the true elegance and sparkle of these pieces. When I first saw them in the catalog, I thought they were pretty, but not for me. However, once I got sight of them up close and personal, I discovered they were true works of art. 

To balance the bling somewhat, I added Basic Rhinestones to the tips of the largest silver snowflake. 


So the reverse side of the ornament didn't feel left out, I used the second largest Framelit to create a snowflake from Bermuda Bay cardstock. I then stamped the coordinating snowflake in Bermuda Bay on Whisper White, this time without the embossing, and layered it flat on top of the Framelit snowflake. So, even though I don't plan on this side showing <much>, if it happens to turn, the view will still be a pretty one.

Flaky
Smiles.

11 comments:

  1. I love your snowflake!! Feel like writing instructions? I see SU came out with an ornament kit this year like the kit last year. I'd rather make my own though, maybe next month?

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  2. Very crafty and cute! This would be great to hang in my windows!

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  3. This beautiful snowflake would be great on a gift.

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  4. love those beautiful colors so whimsy and fun and what ornate creation
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  5. I stopped by from the Project Stash Link Party, I saw your crafty Snow Flake and I love it. It's so simple but elegant! --Deb (DialMforMoms.com

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  6. Wow! This probably too a while but then we craft to relax :0) At least me! Visiting from True lovely blog ;)
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    Ursula

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  7. So sweet, love your snowflakes :) thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays,,, featuring this week at the hop...

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  8. Linda the embossing is such a perfect way to make that blingy ornament sparkle!! I love to emboss things and used to hold my pieces over the electric range with tongs to do it!! Lovely job!
    Blessings,
    Doni

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  9. Hi Linda! Your ornament has been featured on my blog! Great job!
    http://oksanalikesit.blogspot.com/2013/11/handmade-cafe-link-party-5-features-5.html

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