Oh, WHAT FUN! this card was to think up and put together! And I LOVE the end result.
So MANY Stampin' Up! products were put to work to create this little Christmas Eve scene.
First of all, I think the stars of the card are the stamps that came from the Cozy Christmas set on page 9 of the Holiday Catalog. The stamps from that set include the sentiment, the little house nestled in the snow among the pines and, of course, Santa and his flighty entourage.
The bare trees were from that ever popular classic, Lovely As a Tree, on page 86 of the big catalog.
The dimensional snowflakes were created with the new embossing folder, Softly Falling, found on page 24 of the Holiday Catalog. One of the cool things about Softly Falling is the size of the folder: 6" x 6". This larger size gives you so much more creative leeway when doing your embossing.
Let's see. The "stencil" through which I sponged the full moon was created with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch (page 165 of the big catalog) from a scrap piece of cardstock. I sponged the moon with a Stamping Sponge in Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink, both on page 163 of the big catalog. I also used the sponge and the ink with a landscape edge I had cut from a scrap of cardstock to create the snow in the foreground. I then lightly sponged over the dimensional snowflakes.
After stamping the scene atop the snow in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (page 163), I used the thinner of the Project Life Journaling Pens (page 145) to sketch in a few more details.
Finally, I added quite a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter for that extra sparkle. The glitter can be found on page 162 of the big catalog.
The cardstocks I used in my creation were Whisper White, Basic Black and Marina Mist.
I just wish the sparkly glitter showed up better in my photos. Here it appears a little bit. In person, this card is very sparkly.
If you're from a snowy area, you are familiar with an occasional wonderful nighttime snow when the flakes drifting down actually do sparkle in the moonlight. It's such a beautiful scene. I wanted to evoke that feeling in my card.
This photo shows the wonderful dimensionality of the snowflakes. Although this embossing is quite exaggerated, some snowfalls almost seem this heavy and lovely. Once again, it evokes a special Christmas-y feeling.
Ho Ho Ho!!! MERRRRRRY CHRISTMAS!