There is something about snowflakes that get me in the mood for holiday card making, so its no surprise that the card above is the first one I made this year. Here is how I did it:
I started with the patterned paper used in the background. I sometimes like to make my own patterned paper, and since this was my first card of the season I didn't have any holiday paper in my stash yet. I used the emboss resist technique here. I started out with some 8.5" x 11" white card stock, and stamped various sized snowflakes all over it with Versamark ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder. After this I used sponges to layer various shades of ink over the card stock. I started with the lightest and ended with the darkest so I could see where to put the dark without going overboard. When satisfied with the shading I went over the whole thing lightly with silver pigment ink. This gave the paper a lovely sheen that is difficult to see in the photo. I made sure to wipe off the snowflakes in between each layer so they stayed nice and white.
Once the patterned paper was dry, I chose the card stock to put with it - navy for the matting, and dark grey for the card. I cut the 8.5" x11" grey card stock in half lengthwise, so I ended up with a piece measuring 4.25" x 11". I scored the fold line at 5.5", so my final card measures 5.5" x 4.25". The navy card stock was cut to 3.75" x 5", and the snowflake pattern to 3.5" x 4.75". I cut the pieces for the sentiment before stamping, the navy measures 1.5" x 4" and the white is 1.25" x 3.75".
After corner rounding the small pieces I stamped the sentiment on the white using a Stamp-a-ma-jig, and inked the edge with navy ink using a sponge, then I ran the silver ink pad lightly over the edge. I matted the white on the navy and added silver brads.
The patterned paper was also inked with navy around the edges. Its hard to see but I feel like it gives the pattern a bit more depth. Once matted on the navy card stock I added grey ribbon horizontally, and grey patterned ribbon vertically. I punched two snowflakes out of white and inked the edges with navy, added some crystals to the middle and adhered them to the card where the two ribbons meet. I attached this to the card front, then attached the sentiment using foam squares.
And there you have it! Once the patterned paper was done it was really a simple card to make. I think I made eight of these total. Definitely one of my favourites.
Here is a list of supplies I used. Many of the items I have from Stampin Up! are retired but you could easily substitute for similar items.
Card stock: Stampin Up! Whisper white, Night of Navy, and Basic Gray
Inks: Stampin Up! Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Going Gray (retired), Night of Navy. Versamark Watermark Ink. Tsukineko Brilliance Starlite Silver.
Embossing powder: Martha Stewart clear.
Adhesives: Tombo Mono Permanent Adhesive runner, Zots, foam squares.
Ribbon: Offray (plain gray) and American Crafts Silver and White Snowflake.
Embellishments: Recollections brads (from Michaels) and Stampin Up! Basic Jewels.
Punch: Stampin Up! Snow Blossom (retired)
Stamp sets: Stampin Up! Many Merry Messages and Snow Burst (retired)