Thursday, November 4, 2010
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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