Friday, December 19, 2014

Wonderous Wreath with Bow Punch

Thought I'd make a bow from the new Bow Builder Punch (Occasions 2015) to put with my Wonderous Wreath card.  The little bow will be so cute on small packages.  My colors are Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White.  I used the largest Banner Framelit and Wonderous Wreath Framelit Dies.  I used the Stylist Stripes Embossing Folder.  I stamped the verse with Craft White..

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pinecone Wreath

I've been a little busy this month and finding not much time to stamp.  I love this stamp set (Ornamental Pine) and I've used it a lot last month, so decided to make a wreath with the pinecone stamp in the set.  First I punched out a circle and attached to my cardstock.  Then I stamped the pinecone stamp with Old Olive.  Then I used Versamark ink on the pinecone and then inked it up with Lost Lagoon.  Then I stamped it on the empty spots on the wreath and sprinkled Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder on it and used the Heat Tool to emboss it.  I attached a Lost Lagoon ribbon and added "Merry Christmas" from Good Greetings. I think I might make the wreath a little fuller next time.  This was just a little experimenting, but I love the colors together.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Be Merry Snowflake Thinlet


Be Merry Snowflake Thinlet
 
I made this card this morning using the Snowflake Thinlet.  It is a Cherry Cobbler card at 4 1/4" x 11 and folded in half at 5 1/2" to make the card.  I cut out a 5 1/4" x 4" Whisper White cardstock to layer on the front of the card.  Then I cut more Cherry Cobbler at 3 3/4" x 5" and inserted into the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder and ran it through the Big Shot.  I cut out the big snowflake from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, the next star from Cherry Cobbler and the little star from the Silver Foil Sheet and attached a Rhinestone in the center.  The "Be Merry" phrase is from the stamp set Holiday Invitation which I stamped with Silver Metallic Ink and thinking next time, I might emboss it with silver, but still an elegant card.  Behind it is the more of the Silver Foil sheet.  
 



Friday, November 21, 2014

Santa Stache Money Holder


Ho! Ho! Ho! Doesn't this money card holder look adorable?  A demo friend Anita whom I swap with each month made a similar money-card holder using the Bearing Gifts stamp set, but I made mine using the Santa Stache stamp set.  Here are my instructions:


Stamp Set:  Santa Stache, Good Greetings

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink:  Memento Black Ink

Other:  Big Shot, Mustache Framelit, Word Bubbles Framelits, 1” Circle Punch, Cherry Cobbler and Skin Tone Blendabilities, Dimensionals, Tiny Triangles Embossing Powder,  Sticky Strip, Bone Folder, Adhesive, Paper Snips

 

1.     Cherry Cobbler cardstock is cut 4¼” x 11” and scored at 5½” and 8¼”.

2.    Use a Bone Folder to crease the scored marks.  Fold card in half at the 5½” mark.  Then fold the other score line to the left of the card.

3.    With the 1” Circle Punch, do a half punch in the middle of the card.  This will be where the gift card can be pulled out of the pocket.  Use Sticky Strip around the edges leaving room for a gift card to be inserted by cutting Sticky Strip in half lengthwise.

4.    The Basic Black card stock for the left front of the card is 2½” x 4”.  Insert it into the Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder and run it through the Big Shot on Tab 1.  Adhere to the front using Adhesive.

5.    Stamp Santa on Whisper White cardstock using Memento Black ink.  Color his hat with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and his face with the Skin Tone Blendabilities.  Use the Paper Snips to trim out Santa and adhere him to the 2¾” x 3” Basic Black cardstock.  Layer onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock with Adhesive and attach to center of card.

6.    Stamp Santa’s mustache (part of it will be Santa, of course) on Whisper White and cut it out with the Mustache Framelit and attach over Santa’s first mustache with Dimensionals.

7.    Stamp Ho! Ho! Ho! From Good Greetings (Hostess set) with black ink and cut it out with the Word Bubble Framelit and adhere to the card with Dimensionals.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ornamental Pine with Filigree

This is a card I had my customers make at a recent workshop.  I love these colors together as well as this stamp set.  Here are my instructions to make this card:
 
 

Ornamental Pine

Stamp Set:  Ornamental Pine

Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Soft Sky

Ink:  Island Indigo, Chocolate Chip marker

Other:  Big Shot, Blocks C, F , Filigree Frame Embossing Folder, 3/8” Lost Lagoon Satin Ribbon (about 7 inches), Fork, Rhinestone Jewel, 1¼” Circle Punch, Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive or Multipurpose Glue, Dimensionals, Paper Piercer,

 

1.     Island Indigo cardstock is cut at 8½” x 5½” and scored in the middle at 4¼” for the base card.

2.    Insert 5¼” x 4” Soft Sky cardstock into Filigree Frame and run it through the Big Shot.  Adhere to front of card with adhesive.

3.    Ink up ornament with Island Indigo ink and stamp on the lower right side of the 2½” x 3-13/16”Soft Sky cardstock as shown in picture above.  Ink it again in Island Indigo ink and stamp on scrap of Soft Sky cardstock. Punch it out with the 1¼” Circle Punch Layer over first stamped ornament with Dimensional (or layer it after you stamp your pine branch)

4.    Ink up pine branch with Island Indigo ink and the Chocolate Chip marker and stamp it above your ornament.

5.    Layer stamped image onto the 2¾ x 4”Island Indigo cardstock with adhesive.

6.    Use the 7” Lost Lagoon ribbon to create a bow with the fork.  Use a Glue Dot to adhere to the top of your ornament.  Attach a Rhinestone in the center of your ornament using the Paper Piercer to grab it.

7.    Stamp “Christmas Wishes” on the inside of your card with Island Indigo ink or other verse that came with the stamp set.

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

 
I found this cute snowman paper in my Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper from the 2014  Holiday Catalog.  I love snowmen, and wanted to create a card using it.  The verse "Baby, it's cold outside" comes from the Photopolymer stamp set Project Life Holiday Cheer from the Holiday Catalog.  I used the 1" Circle Punch and the 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Real Red Cardstock to create my card.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Seasonally Scattered with Trim the Tree DSP

This is another card I made using the Seasonally Scattered stamp set.  The colors are Cherry Cobbler and I also used the Trim the Tree DSP stack #135824 for $6.95.  I also used the Oval Framelits #129831 for $26.95.  It was a very simple card but could also add some embellishments.

Seasonally Scattered with Filigree Embossing Folder


This is a card I stamped using the Seasonally Scattered stamp set.  The base of the card is Garden Green cardstock.  The stamp "Merry" is stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White cardstock.  I cleaned the stamp really well, and then used a Green Garden marker to ink it partially and stamp over the first image.  I put the Cherry Cobbler cardstock in the Filigree Embossing Folder.
Then I layered it over the Whisper White cardstock and attached to my card.

Gentle Peace with Lucky Stars

Had to stamp another card using this set, and I still want to keep stamping more.  This time, I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock with the Versamark ink pad and embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder.  I used Blendabilities to color it in.  The embossing folder is called Lucky Stars.
The cardstocks I used were Night of Navy, Brushed Silver, and Marina Mist.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

This stamp set is a new arrival and not in any of the Stampin' Up! catalogs.  Be sure to order yours while supplies last.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Gentle Peace

This is a Photopolymer stamp set that Stampin' Up! has for sale right now that is not in any of their current catalogs.  It is a new arrival called Gentle Peace #139523 for $15.95and I thought it would be perfect to create a stained-glass technique.  I stamped it with Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock and colored it in with the Blendabilities.  Then I cut it out and covered with the Versamark ink pad and pour Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heated it with the Heat Tool.  Then I attached to Coastal Cabana Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder with Dimensionals.  The picture doesn't do this card justice.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Seasonally Scattered

This is an interlocking card that I made over the weekend using the Seasonally Scattered stamp set in the Holiday Catalog.  I also used the All is Calm DSP, Oval Framelits, Frosted Sequins.  First I stamped it with Versamark and then Lost Lagoon.  Then I poured Clear Embossing Powder over it and heat set with a Heat Tool

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ornamental Pine

Had some time to stamp a few cards this weekend.  This set is from the Holiday Catalog called Ornamental Pine and I've made a few cards with this stamp set.  The colors are Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon.  I also used some Frosted Sequins, Silver Embossing Powder and 3/8" Stitched Satin Lost Lagoon Ribbon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Merry Everything Bag


This a bag that I made using Tangelo Twist DSP.  It uses the new White and Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim from the Holiday Catalog.  The stamp came from the stamp set Merry Everything in the Holiday Catalog.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lovely as a Tree - Reflection card

This is a card we did last month at my workshop to demonstrate how to do a reflection card. Lovely as a Tree stamp is perfect for this technique and here are my instructions:
Stamp Set:  Lovely as a Tree

Cardstock:  Old Olive, Marina Mist, Whisper White

Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Marina Mist

Other:  Window Sheets, Stamping Sponges, 1¼” Circle Punch, Recollections Repositionable tape (non-SU!), Adhesive Remover, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Brayer, Snail Adhesive

 

1.     Ink up Lovely as a Tree stamp with Chocolate Chip ink and stamp on upper layer of 3¾” x 5”Whisper White cardstock.

2.     Ink up Lovely as a Tree stamp with Chocolate Chip ink again and stamp on the Window Sheet. Turn Window Sheet over and upside down and align with the image on the Whisper White cardstock.  Press and rub with your fingers to transfer the reflection to the cardstock.

3.     Punch out two 1¼” Circle Punches for the moons to mask over the stamped images.  Use the Recollections Repositionable tape (non SU!) to hold them in place.

4.     Stamp the trees on a scrap of paper to make a mask for the bottom of the card so you can do the sky.  Cut it out and use repositionable tape to align at the bottom.

5.     Ink up the brayer with Marina Mist by taking the brayer and rolling it across the ink pad and then lift it up and reink again; repeat several times but not rolling brayer back and forth to ink it up. 

6.     Now, start rolling on the place mat back and forth before starting on your Whisper White cardstock for the sky (so that it doesn’t leave lines by starting on the cardstock first). Keep re-inking if you need to until you have the desired look for the sky.

7.     Use the sponge in Marina Mist to ink up the reflection in the water of the trees and the moon.

8.     Use a sponge in Old Olive to color in the grass area.

9.     Remove circles and remove residue with the Adhesive Remover.

10.   Layer stamped image on 4” x 5¼” Marina Mist cardstock and then again on the Old Olive card base with Snail Adhesive.

Freaky Friends

I've neglected my blog this month as it has many a very busy month for my family.  My son was married October 11 and he and his bride are on their honeymoon.  I've been taking care of their cats while they are away, but they will be back home tomorrow.  I have a Thanksgiving workshop tomorrow, so I wanted to post this card that I did for a swap last month.  I will write instructions later.

Stamp Sets:  Freaky Friends, Good Greetings

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Color Me Autumn DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper

Ink:  Memento Ink, Cajun Craze and Blendabilities

Other:  2½” Circle Punch, Deco Label Die, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Snips, Basic Black marker, Itty Bitty Star Punch, Rhinestones

 

1.      Cardstock is cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”.

2.    Fold on score lines and crease with Bone Folder.  At the 2 ¾” mark, fold and turn it backwards to wards the left side of the card.

3.    With Snail Adhesive, attach the 2 ½” x 4” Color Me Autumn DSP to the right front section.

4.    Inside the card is 2½” x 4” Very Vanilla that is stamped “Boo to You” from Good Greetings in Cajun Craze.

5.    With the second from the smallest Deco Label Die, use the Big Shot to cut out from Basic Black cardstock.

6.    Cut out a Crushed Curry circle for the moon with the 2 ½” Circle Punch. Sponge edges with Crushed Curry ink.  Attach to Basic Black Deco Label.

7.    Stamp witch from Freaky Friends and color in with Blendabilities. Trim out with Paper Snips and attach to the moon with Snail Adhesive.  May have to color white that is showing with Blendability.  Attach to the card with Snail Adhesive on the left side.

8.    Stamp the bat from Freaky Friends with Memento ink and cut it out with Paper Snips and color in white spots with Basic Black marker.  Attach with a Dimensional as shown.

9.    Punch out three Itty Bitty Stars from the Silver Glimmer Paper and attach to inside of card with Glue Dots.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

White Christmas

This is a card I made for a swap last month and just loved the little snowman and red bird in this set called White Christmas #135767 in the Holiday Catalog.. The set comes in Photopolymer and is for 2-step stamping. 
Stamp Set:  White Christmas and Good Greetings (H)

Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, and Whisper White

Ink:  Memento Black, Soft Suede

Markers:  Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie

Other:  2-Way Glue Pen and Crystal Effects

 

1.     The base of the card is Bermuda bay cut at 5½” x 8½” and folded in half.

2.    The Soft Sky layer is 4” x 4”.

3.    The Whisper White layer is 3¾” x 3¾”.

4.    Stamp the trees with Soft Suede ink.

5.    Stamp the red bird and snowman with Memento Black ink.

6.    Colors in the trees with the Soft Suede marker.

7.    Color the red bird with the Real Red marker

8.    Color the snowman with the Soft Sky marker as well highlights of the snow and use the Pumpkin Pie marker for the carrot nose and bird's peak and feet.

9.    Use the 2-Way Glue pen to use for the Crystal Effects where you want the highlights.  Sprinkle and shake off excess.  Let dry.

10.  Stamp “Merry and Bright” stamp in Memento Black ink at the bottom of the card.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Flower Patch Pop-Up Box Card

 
Flower Patch Pop-Up Box Card

This is another pop-up box card I created, but was inspired by one that Amanda Bates made, so wanted to make one of my own with the current flowers sets and the butterfly punches.  Her measurements were different than mine and I wanted to create one that would fit into an A2 envelope that we sell.  Here are the instructions for making my card. 

 
 
Stamp Sets:  Flower Patch, Petite Petals, Petite Pairs
Cardstock:  Pool Party, Garden Green, Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Soft Subtles DSP Stacks
Ink:  Basic Black or Memento Black
Other:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, 1¼” Scallop Circle Punch, 1” Circle Punch, Flower Flair Framelits Die, Rhinestones and Pearls Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Sticky Strips, Glue Dots, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Fringe Scissors, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch
 
1.      Pool Party cardstock is the cut at 8 ½” x 5 ½” and scored landscape on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool at 2”, 4”, 6”, 8” which leaves ½” on one side.  This makes the perfect size to fit inside an A2 envelope to mail.
2.    Turn the cardstock to portrait on the Simply Scoring Tool and score at 2½”.  You can leave the slat next to the ½” mark not scored so that it will stand up for the back of your pop-up box card.
3.    Use the Bone Folder to crease all scored lines.
4.    Trim off part of the ½” narrow section at the middle 2½” scored line. Use Paper Snips to cut up to the scored lines.
5.    Insert each 2” inch slat into the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to create scalloped edge on all four sides.
6.    Use adhesive on the ½” slat that is left and attach to the other side to form your box card.
7.    Cut the Pool Party DSP at
8.    Cut out two small tabs of Garden Green cardstock to go inside the box card.  They are cut at 3 ½” x 1” and scored at 5/8” on each end.  Fold and crease scored ends to make a “Z” inside the box card for the front and back.
9.    Now you are ready to decorate with stamps, DSP and punches as you wish. The butterflies are attached with  a small piece of a window sheet and glue dots.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Flowers Shop with Works of Art

This is a card I made for a swap last month and really like the colors together.
Here are the instructions on how I made my card.
 
 
 Stamp Sets:  Works of Art, Flower Shop

Cardstock:  Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight

In-Color DSP Stacks

Ink:  Memento Black, Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight

Blendabilities:  Daffodil Delight

Other:  Zig Zag Embossing Folder,  3/8” Lost Lagoon Stitched Ribbon, Pansy Punch, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals

 

1.        Base of card is 4 ¼” x 11” and scored in half at 5 ½”

2.       Whisper White cardstock is 5 ¼” x 4”.

3.       Daffodil Delight is cut at 5” x 3 ¾” and inserted into the Zig Zag Embossing Folder and ran through the Big Shot on Tab 1.

4.       A 5” x 1” piece of zig zag Lost Lagoon DSP is attached with Snail Adhesive to the Daffodil Delight cardstock with Snail Adhesive.  It is then attached to the Whisper White layer. The ribbon is attached to the front with Snail adhesive on the back.

5.       Attach these two layers to the front of the base card with Snail Adhesive.

6.       Stamp a zig zag stamp on the 2” x 3 ½” Whisper White using the Memento Ink pad.

7.       Ink up small Work of Art stamp in the Daffodil Delight ink and stamp above the black zig zag.

8.       Clean off ink and ink it up in Lost Lagoon and stamp above Daffodil Delight image to the right.

9.       Ink up “You” with Memento Back and stamp above the Lost Lagoon image.

10.   Ink Up “Thank” with Lost Lagoon ink and stamp above the “You” image.

11.   Layer onto the front slightly to the right with Snail Adhesive.

12.   Stamp Flower Shop flower with Memento ink on scrap of Whisper White, Punch it out with the Pansy Punch. 

13.   Color flower with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities starting with the medium and then with the light.

14.   Attach with Dimensionals as shown above. 

15.   Attach a small piece of ribbon to the left and trim off excess at an angle.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sea Street Waterfall

It's been a long time since I've made a waterfall card.  They were popular several years back and I was so impressed with Julie Davidson's card sample that I want to make one too.  Now, I'm eager to make even more.  Here are the instructions for my card.
 
 
Stamp Sets:  Sea Street, Something to Say, Wetlands

Cardstock:  Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White

DSP:  Maritime

Ink:  Real Red, Night of Navy

Other: ¼” Cotton Real Red Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Angled Tag Topper Punch, Snail Adhesive, Bone Folder

Technique:  Waterfall

1.     The card base is 4¼” x 5½” Real Red cardstock and does not open.

2.    The second layer is 4” x 5¼” Night of Navy and attached with Snail Adhesive.

3.    The third layer is DSP Maritime and it is cut at 3¾” x 5” and attached with Snail Adhesive.

4.    The pull tab is Night of Navy cut at 1¾” x 8½” and scored at 1¾”, 2¾” and 3¾”.  Fold and crease with Bone Folder.  Insert long end of pull tab into the Angled Tag Topper Punch between notches and punch.  Insert Real Red Cotton Ribbon into the hole to pull.

5.    The Whisper White pieces are 1¾” x 2” and stamped with images from Sea Street in Real Red ink and then verses from Something to Say with Night of Navy ink.

6.    They are mounted on 2” x 2¼” Real Red cardstock with Snail Adhesive.

7.    The stabilizer piece is Real Red cardstock cut at 1” x 4¼”

8.    Use Sticky Strip on left side of each flip piece and attach to the pull tab at each scored mark centering each piece.

9.    Put Sticky Strip on the back on the back of Night of Navy pull tab and attach the stabilizer piece.  Put two pieces of Sticky Strip on each end of the stabilizer and attach to the front of your card so that when you pull the ribbon you have a “waterfall” technique.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Bloom with Hope


I love sunflowers, don't you?  The Bloom with Hope hostess set has a beautiful sunflower stamp, so I made another gift card holder for a birthday card using Daffodil Delight cardstock cut at 4 1/4" x 11" for the base of my card. Then I scored one end at 1 3/4" on the Simply Scored. I used Sticky Strip on each side to form a pocket.  I used the Envelope Punch Board on the other end and made notches at 1" on each side to create tabs to be inserted into the pocket.  Then I stamped sunflowers on Whisper White cardstock with black ink and colored them in with Daffodil Delight and Chocolate Chip markers.  I stamped "Happy Birthday" in black ink next to my sunflowers, and layered it onto Basic Black cardstock at the top with Snail Adhesive.  .I stamped two more sunflowers on  Whisper White cardstock with black ink and colored them in with the markers and then cut those two out with the Paper Snips. I put Dimensionals on the back and attached one over my stamped sunflowers   I used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border on Basic Black cardstock and attached to the bottom with Snail Adhesive. I attached the other cut out sunflower over the ribbon border.

 
 For the inside, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 1/4" x 6 3/4" and scored at 1/2" and  5" using the Simply Scored.  Create a pocket by using Sticky Strip on each end.  Put Sticky Strip on the small edge and remove the strip.  Put pocket inside other pocket and close by putting the notched tabs inside the pocket.  The sticky strip will adhere to the card so that when you open it up, the gift card will pull out.
 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pop Up Box Card By the Tide and Seashore


This is a Pop-up Box Card that I made earlier this month, but just now posted.  The stamp sets I used are, By the Tide and By the Seashore.  The cardstock is Coastal Cabana with Maritime DSP.  I also used Crystal Effects on the shells and Pearl Basic Jewels.  I will write up the measurements later.
These are so much fun to make and very addictive!

Stamp Sets:  By the Tide, By the Seashore

Cardstock:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, and Maritime DSP

Ink:  Real Red, Night of Navy, Pool Party

Other:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Crystal Effects, Rhinestones and Pearls, Dimensionals, Window Sheets, Glue Dots

 

1.     Coastal Cabana cardstock is cut at 8½” x 5½” and scored landscape at 2”, 4”,6”, 8” which leaves ½” on one side on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  This makes the perfect size to fit inside an A2 envelope to mail.

2.    Turn the cardstock portrait on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, and scored at 2½” except for the panel next to the ½” which will be the back of the Pop-Up Box card.

3.    Use the Bone Folder to crease all of the scored lines. Use Paper Snips to cut up to the horizontal line.

4.    Trim off part of the ½” narrow section at the 2½” mark.

5.    Use Snail Adhesive or Sticky Strip on the other ½” narrow section to attach to the other side to form the box card.

6.    Cut out two small Coastal Cabana slats to go inside the box card.  They are cut at 3¼” x 1” and scored at 5/8” on each end.  Fold and crease scored ends. Attach inside with Sticky Strip.

7.    I cut the Maritime DSP to fit each side.

8.    I stamped with Real Red and Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and attached the fish, lobster and seahorse inside the box card on the slats with a window sheet and glue dots.

9.    I stamped the starfish and shells with Night of Navy and
Coastal Cabana ink, cut them out and applied Crystal Effects.  When dry, I attached a pearl to the sand dollar.

10.  Then attach each one to the sides with Dimensionals.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Snowflakie Soiree Resist Technique

 
This is the other card that my customers made at the "Christmas in July" workshop which they thought would be difficult, but it wasn't at all and they really liked the effect.  The original technique was from Sandi MacIver

Stamp Set:  Snowflake Soiree

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay

Ink:  Versarmark, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay

Other: Circles Framelit Collections, Versamark Pad, Embossing Buddy, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sponges, Stampin’ Spritzer #126185 with water, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz #118772, Jewels Basic Rhinestones, Silicone Craft Sheet #127853 and a paintbrush, post-its, Snail Adhesives and Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

 

1.     Base of card is Bermuda Bay cardstock cut at 4¼” x 11” and folded in half.

2.    Cut another piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock at 3 14/16 by 3 14/16”.

3.    Cut Whisper White cardstock at 5¼” X 4” and two pieces at  3-10/16” x 3 10/16”.

4.    Use the Embossing Buddy on one of them before using the Versamark Ink Pad and stamp one large snowflake and three smaller snowflakes.  Sprinkle Whisper White Embossing Powder over the snowflakes and shake off excess.  Heat with Tool Gun.

5.    On the other piece, use the Circle Framelit Collections to cut a circle in the center using the 6th circle frame from center and the Big Shot.  Lay it on top of the stamped image so you can see it through the hole and use post it notes to hold them in place.

6.    Take a sponge and ink it up with Pool Party ink and start in a circular motion on the outside of the circle and gradually sponge over the snowflakes until the appear.

7.    Do the same with Bermuda Bay but only on the outside edges of the circle and not toward the center of the snowflakes, but do use use it on the biggest snowflake.

8.    Now, take the Silicone Craft Sheet and spray 3 sprays of Shimmer Smooch and 3 sprays of water and mix it together with the paintbrush.  Then flick it onto your design to make it look as though it is snowing or maybe it is stars in the night.  You may to heat set with Heat Tool.

9.    Now take the little snowflake and ink it with Burmuda Bay and stamp in any bare spots you want.

10.  Remove the mask and put your stamped image on layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock.

11.  At the bottom of your card, ink up “Believe” with Bermuda Bay ink and stamp it on the lower right hand corner.  May use Stamp-a-ma-jig, if you wish.

12.  Ink up the smallest star with Pool Party ink and keep stamping without reinking toward the left of the first snowflake.

13.  Layer snowflakes layers onto card with Snail Adhesive and Dimensionals. 

14.  Add Jewels Basic Rhinestones to the snowflakes.