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.
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.
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, stencilled 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.