The weather was windy and rainy on Wednesday - the kind of day that makes you want to stay home with a cup of tea, a cozy fire and a good book. It also reminded me that snow season is not very far away. If you have read my blog for a while, you probably know I have a "thing" about snowflakes and blue and white. Several of you have commented that you share this snowflake fascination. There is something magical about the endless variations of shapes and formations.
I created this snowflake design using the Silhouette Studio software. I use the same method to make snowflakes that I explained last year in this blog post. The advantages I have in using the Silhouette software are the ability to draw my own starting shape and a very quick and easy shadow and layer function. If think the addition of the extra layers adds a lot to this type of design.
I added just a few Creative Charms gem stickers to highlight the snowflake shape. The vintage jewel in the center makes a great focal point.
The card base is navy blue cardstock and the square card is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. The blue paper with tiny white dots (don't they look like snow?) is cut at 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches and the white layer is just a bit larger to give a very thin contrasting line to frame the card. I attached the snowflake to the card with foam dots. You could use a non-permanent adhesive so the recipient would be able to detach the snowflake and hang it on a tree or in a window as an ornament.
I seem to be on a trend of making square cards lately. They do cost extra to mail but they are fine for cards that will be given in person or sent inside a box with a gift. You can put a square card in a rectangular envelope to mail it and avoid the upcharge for non standard envelopes. Just add a bit of adhesive to seal the empty section so the card won't float around in the envelope.
I hope the snow won't arrive anytime soon. If all of the rain we've been getting had been snow, we'd certainly be snowed in! I enjoy paper snowflakes much more than the real ones that require shovels.
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