Wintry Christmas Card

Wintry Christmas Card

Dance of the Snowflakes by Godiva’s Dream

There’s a certain magic about snow on Christmas, especially if it’s fresh and undisturbed. I used to love watching quietly falling snow at night when I was still living in Lithuania. The whole experience does hypnotise you in the best possible way. The inspiration for today’s card is exactly that - snow at night.

Colour Scheme

Choosing the the colour scheme for this project was not hard at all. As I wanted to create a winter wonderland atmosphere, I just had to use shades of blue. I, therefore, chose a paper collection called “Winter Wishes” by Echo Park. It has really great wintry patterns with snowflakes, snow covered trees, frost swirls etc. in perfectly chilly colours.

Image © Echo Park Paper Co.

Image © Echo Park Paper Co.

I chose four coordinating papers and came up with the layout, which would showcase each pattern well in combination with the others. I then matted them on purple textured American Crafts cardstock. I find that this lilac colour complements the patterned papers brilliantly and helps them to stand out against each other.

On the top layer, I added some bright white lace to give the project the illusion of lightness and fragility. I adhered some beautiful purple satin ribbon for extra texture and luxury as well.

Normally, this is where I would have adhered the layers to the card blank, but I decided to try something completely new to me - I used a decorative die for the top edge of the card. I die cut “Anja’s Vintage Decoration” by Marianne Design from the same purple cardstock I used for matting, and, leaving the cardstock in the die, stenciled the raised areas with “Stardust” Stickles glitter glue. When the glitter was dry, I glued the decoration to the back of the layered piece, and then adhered it all to the card blank.

Wintry Christmas Card “Dance of the Snowflakes” by Godiva’s Dream. Christmas is most magical when there’s freshly fallen snow around. I took inspiration from a quiet snowy night to create this wintry fairy card. Wrap up warm and continue reading to find out all the crafty details about this project. #cardmaking #handmadecard #handmadechristmas #christmascard #papercrafting

Stamping and Colouring

A snowy card needed a snowy stamp, that’s why I chose this whimsical “Snowball Fairy” by the artist Annie Rodrigue for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps.

I stamped the image in Memento “Desert Sand” ink as I was going to use the “no line colouring” technique. I fell in love with this method since day one of trying it. Not being restricted by black lines when colouring is truly great! 

I coloured the stamp using Promarker, Brushmarker and Copic alcohol markers in shades to match the colour scheme of the card. I also glittered the fairy wings with “Stardust” Stickles. I then fussy cut the image leaving a narrow white outline around it to help it stand out against the background I had in mind. I mounted the stamp on 3D foam to create depth.

Background

I wanted a moonlit night sky scene to be the background for the stamp - another new thing I’ve never tried before, but admired for a long time on other people’s projects.

I decided to use a “Floral Oval” frame (Spellbinders S4-356) to showcase the coloured stamp. Unfortunately, none of the basic oval dies I own fit its centre nicely, so I used that same frame die to create the background oval. I cut the shape out of hot pressed watercolour paper and left it in the die for inking.

I die cut a plain circle out of scrap paper, so I could use it as a mask and the paper with the circular hole the die cut left - as a stencil. 

I chose the place where I wanted the moon to be and positioned the stencil accordingly. I then lightly inked the circular hole using Distress Ink in “Squezed Lemonade”, creating a pale full moon. I was now ready to move onto creating the night sky.

In order to prevent contaminating the yellow with other colours, I covered the moon with the circle die cut. I then started inking the area around it with “Tumbled Glass” Distress Ink. I worked outwards from the yellow circle, blending the following shades of blue Distress Inks: “Broken China”, “Stormy Sky”, “Faded Jeans”, and Chipped Sapphire”. I also slightly tinted the very edges of the background with “Black Soot”, and sprinkled the inked area with water droplets to create extra patterns.

Once I was happy with the result achieved, I took the frame out out of the die and trimmed it by hand to a plain oval. 

To fully complete the background, I wanted to create an illusion of snow flurries - I sprinkled and heat embossed some “Shabby White” Frantage embossing enamel for raised texture.

Wintry Christmas Card “Dance of the Snowflakes” by Godiva’s Dream. Christmas is most magical when there’s freshly fallen snow around. I took inspiration from a quiet snowy night to create this wintry fairy card. Wrap up warm and continue reading to find out all the crafty details about this project. #cardmaking #handmadecard #handmadechristmas #christmascard #papercrafting

Showcasing the Image

As mentioned above, I chose a “Floral Oval” (Spellbinders S4-356) to display the “Snowball Fairy”. The curly patterns of the frame complemented the ones on the papers really nicely. They also look a bit like frost flowers on glass, so it was a perfect match.

I die cut the frame out of the same purple cardstock I used for matting the patterned papers, and glued the inked night sky background in its centre. I then adhered the fairy stamp in the middle and finally, attached the whole focal piece to the card using dimensional foam.

Embellishing and Finishing Touches

It’s no secret that I love my floral embellishments, however, this time I skipped the flowers and went straight for snowy evergreens. I wanted to create a really wintry scene here. 

I die cut two fir trees in two different sizes (Dee’s Distinctively “Snow Covered Tree”) out of pearlescent white cardstock by Craft Sensations. I then inked their edges with “Tumbled Glass” Distress Ink and heat embossed some sprinkled “Shabby White” Frantage embossing enamel to create that extra snowy look. I adhered both fir frees to the card using 3D foam.

Wintry Christmas Card “Dance of the Snowflakes” by Godiva’s Dream. Christmas is most magical when there’s freshly fallen snow around. I took inspiration from a quiet snowy night to create this wintry fairy card. Wrap up warm and continue reading to find out all the crafty details about this project. #cardmaking #handmadecard #handmadechristmas #christmascard #papercrafting

At this point, I decided to go all out for the winter theme, I love busy cards anyway, so I opted for a snowy sentiment. 

Firstly, I stamped “Let it Snow” sentiment (Lili of the Valley “Christmas Circular Sentiments”) in Versamark, then sprinkled Wow “Bright White” super fine embossing powder over it and heat embossed. I then die cut the stamp using a stitched edge circle die. Leaving the paper in the die, I inked it using the same blue and black Distress Inks I used to create the night background. I started with the lightest ink in the middle and darkened the shades as I was moving outwards.

I also die cut a duplicate stitched edge circle to the sentiment one and two snowflake circles (die by X-Cut) from shimmery silver cardstock. I separated each snowflake die cut into two parts and glued three of these semi-circles on the edge of the stitched circle. I then adhered the inked sentiment on top of the circle with snowflake edges, mounted the whole piece on 3D foam and attached it to the corner of the card.

Wintry Christmas Card “Dance of the Snowflakes” by Godiva’s Dream. Christmas is most magical when there’s freshly fallen snow around. I took inspiration from a quiet snowy night to create this wintry fairy card. Wrap up warm and continue reading to find out all the crafty details about this project. #cardmaking #handmadecard #handmadechristmas #christmascard #papercrafting

I created a double-looped bow from the same purple satin ribbon I used as an accent on one of the layers, and adhered a shimmery lilac flatback gem in its centre for extra sparkle.

Wintry Christmas Card “Dance of the Snowflakes” by Godiva’s Dream. Christmas is most magical when there’s freshly fallen snow around. I took inspiration from a quiet snowy night to create this wintry fairy card. Wrap up warm and continue reading to find out all the crafty details about this project. #cardmaking #handmadecard #handmadechristmas #christmascard #papercrafting

In order to fully finish this project, I went a little crazy with white pearls in various sizes. They add elegance to the project and, in this particular case, look like tiny snowballs. 

Do you ever create winter-themed Christmas cards or are you a fan of more cosy and traditional colour tones? Don’t be shy, leave a comment, I love reading them and it means a lot to hear from you.

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