Thursday, November 4, 2010

Snowflake Card


There are now many Cricut cartridges with lovely snowflake designs (including the new mini Winter Lace).  However, I still like to design my own snowflakes - then they are truly unique!  I did a trial cut of the design I posted yesterday and made a card with it.  Did you figure out which cartridge I used yet?


I did my first test cut in blue cardstock and then I changed my mind and decided to use some of my "special" silver cardstock.  This is the silver that was in the Creative Memories line until a few years ago.  I have a very small amount left and save it for special projects - I just love the soft sheen and haven't found anything similar to replace it.


To conserve this special paper, I cut the snowflake from it and even punched out a few shapes to use on another project.  Then I trimmed the silver paper to 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches to use as the base layer on my 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card.


The paper I used for the top layer is a K and Company paper from the Christmas Cheer  12 x 12 Specialty Paper Pad.  This particular piece has a lovely pearl finish.  There is always a strip to trim from the K and Company papers because they are bound with a hole drilled into the pad to hang for display in the store.  I usually keep these in a jar to use to test pens but I saved this piece to use for another project (remember - I am a thrifty Yankee!).


The paper is almost a perfect match to the Martha Stewart cardstock I used for the card base.


I wanted to add some sparkle to my snowflake so I tested a large gem brad for size.  As luck would have it, it was a perfect fit for the center of the snowflake at the size I cut it.


I used this tool from the Cricut tool kit to make a starter hole in the center of the snowflake.


I started adding gem stickers in various sizes - each of the packages of gem stickers from Creative Charms has a row of clear gems so I usually have a lot of these on hand.


I added the large blue gem brad and some blue gem stickers in the same shade of blue.

 

I thought the snowflake still need a bit more bling so I shifted the clear gems and added blue gems at the base of each point.


 I wanted the snowflake to "float" above the card so I added foam circles in two sizes to support the snowflake.


I used my handy little tool again to mark the center of the card front so I could place the snowflake accurately.


 The snowflake is now all dressed up and ready to shine!


So - does anyone have a guess about which cartridge I used?  I used just one cartridge and only two elements from that cartridge.


 It won't be long until the real snowflakes are flying in my part of the world.  I wonder how many more paper snowflakes I can make before they arrive!


I will try to post a tutorial on making snowflakes soon - today I totally lost my voice with this cold so I may be sipping tea for the next few days...

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25 comments:

  1. Diane this is stunning, I have no idea which cart you used but I love it. I am going to have to try this idea for xmas cards as they are so quick.
    Kim xXx

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  2. I would use the one on Accent Essentials. Is that what you used? It turned out beautiful!
    Naomi

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  3. Beautiful!!! If I could figure out which cartridge you used, I would so scraplift this. :) TFS

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  4. Can't wait for the snowflake tutorial. I am a snowflake fanatic!
    (How long till we find out how you made this one?)

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  5. Absolutely stunning card! Knowing how creative you are about "thinking outside of the box", the cartridge you used probably had nothing to do with snowflakes.....

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  6. just gorgeous D! the gems on it are so perfect!

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  7. Diane, This is a beautiful snowflake and card. TFS.

    I hope the tea helps your voice. Get well soon.

    Hugs
    Sue

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  8. So pretty! I can't wait to learn more. Hope you feel better soon.

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  9. Paper snowflakes are the best kind, I think. That one is certainly a winner! My guess might be Winter Woodland, but I can't wait to find out which cart you used. Feel better soon so we can have a video! LoL BethAnn M.

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  10. Hmm...storybook maybe? Wherever it's from, it's just lovely.

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  11. Diane this is just gorgeous! That snowflake is an eye-catcher.
    We actually had a few snowflakes in the air here yesterday.

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  12. I loved those silver and gold metallic papers too! One of the things I wish CM had kept making. I have a few pieces of silver that I am hoarding. Might just have to make a few of these snowflakes myself. Thanks for sharing this. Nancy

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  13. You used French Manor! It looks like you used a Fleu de Lies (sp?)This is a beautiful card. Love everything you have been doing.

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  14. beautiful! my guess would be accent essentials you used... to make the snowflake.

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  15. Beautiful snowflake and one of a kind, just like the real thing, if you designed it. Not sure what cart you used, but I might guess AA or SB. Love that silvery paper too!
    JeanH

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  16. Very pretty card. I'm thinking the snowflake came from the When It's Cold Outside cart. I love all the beautiful snowflakes on that cart!

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  17. You have me guessing many carts in my head. Looking forward to the answer. Feel well soon!

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  18. What a gorgeous card. I am loving all the snowflake cards that have been posted on various blogs this week! I have no idea which cart you used as I have very few cartridges, but it's beautiful!

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  19. this project is absolutely stunning! I can't imagine which cartridge you use, but I also can't wait to find out. TFS. Suz

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  20. Beautiful Design... Hope your feeling better soon!

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  21. Just gorgeous!!! That's why I follow your blog - the "eye candy"!

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