Friday, 30 January 2015

It's Snowing!


     This is perfect timing, it's snowing outside as I'm typing this.  It's another week of inspiration from CASE-ing Christmas and our last week of candy so come and join us for a chance to win.
     I bought some Brusho ink powders before Christmas but have only had time for a little play until now, I really would like some more colours, this coupled with a new Tim Holtz Sizzix Snowflake die worked out well.
     I cut the snowflake from the centre of the white pearl card and set it aside while I painted the background. There are many things you can do with Brushos but I chose to sprinkle Ultramarine on to damp card. The component colours split and give blue, turquoise and purple as it hits the wet card, I could watch this happen all day. I used the plain side of the card so I could save the pearl side for the snowflake. To add sparkle I spritzed with a clear mica spray.
     This snowflake is not symmetrical, as I discovered when I flipped it over to the pearl side and tried to put it back in the hole. No problem, just cut another one the other way up, that way my snowflake is plain and my background is pearl. I'll just have to make another card later with the spare bits.
   
     The Sizzix die comes with an embossing folder so you can add texture to your flake. Once embossed on the pearl side it looked good but not quite good enough, so I added some clear glitter to the ridges to make it sparkle.
     I put the snowflake back in the hole it came out of once the paint was dry and stuck it down. The corners looked as though they needed a little something but nothing to take away from the main flake, so I added some tiny clear gems.
     It's not exactly a one layer card, I had to put the decorated layer on to a card blank to finish off. If I had tried to colour a card blank this way I think it would be everywhere inside and on the back as it's a slightly messy, but great, process. The die cut is inlaid so the only height is the tiny gem. There is no greeting on the outside as I want to keep the background effect clear.
     Mynn's original card has a snowflake and some blue on it so that was my starting point but I must admit I really wanted to play with the die and the Brushos, I hope you like it.
     Come and join us at CASE-ing Christmas this week, you might be one of our lucky candy winners.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Inlaid Die Cut Technique
One Layer Christmas Cards - Anything Goes optional Snowflakes
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Goes for Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

14 comments:

  1. Wow - this is absolutely stunning! I love the blue background and the fabulous snowflake. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

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  2. wow that snowflakes is popping off that card front and that brilliant back ground
    Thanks for sharing on Christmas Card Challenges

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  3. What a pretty, artsy card and those colours are so vibrant and beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenges and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  4. This is beautiful-I love the background

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  5. Rocky, this is totally amazing! LOVE the texture and amazing use of color! The texture and shine on the snowflake totally rocks, too! HUGS and happy weekend, friend! :) Mynn xx

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  6. Beautiful card! We're featuring it on our Facebook page today! -Jessica CCC DT (https://www.facebook.com/christmascardchallenges)

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  7. Beautiful background and card. Thank you for sharing with us at OLCCC.

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  8. Rocky, I love the background of this card. What an amazing effect! The snowflake is stunning. Thanks for joining us at 52CCT, April x

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  9. Wow - look at that gorgeous background and amazing snowflake. Amazing! Thanks so much for joining us at 52CCT

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  10. So stunning! I love Brushos [though I need to practice more ;)] - Thanks for joining in at OLCC!

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  11. LOVE that blue background = stunning and bold!
    Thanks for joining us at CCC this week!
    Margo (DT)

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  12. Rocky, this is absolutely stunning! I love the vibrant blue background and the sparkle on the big snowflake.
    Rosi x

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  13. Great card Rocky, love how the snowflake really pops.
    Lorry :o) xx

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  14. Oh my word!!! What an amazing card. LOVE the background and that snowflake id just perfect!
    hugs, Asha

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