Hi everyone, it's Jan here today. In the scrapbooking world, I love anything with snowflakes; dies, paper, stickers, you name it. You can never have too many snowflakes, right? So when I saw this Winter Wonderland collection from Sharon Sowell, I knew some of those snowflake dies were going to end up in my collection. Remember what they say, no two snowflakes are alike! Although, don't ask me how much I love them by February, where here in Canada, we've shovelled more snow than anyone would ever want to.
I couldn't stop die-cutting with these snowflakes, so I have two cards for you today.
For my first card, I took some watercolour paper and created a light wash with my paints, matching the colours in my patterned papers. I spritz my paper with water before applying the paint, then spritz again after, creating my wash.
Next, with my Sizzix Snowflake Card Thinlits Die, I cut out two pieces, one for each side. My Sizzix sandwich for die-cutting in my Big Shot was: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlits die (cutting side facing down) Standard Cutting Pad.
I cut out a piece of patterned paper (the paper I used was from Crate Paper, Snow & Cocoa collection) measuring 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". There is a flat tab on one side of the die-cut which adhesive is applied, then folded back and adhered to the backside of the paper on each side.
You could keep your card base as is, but I created another card base 6x6" folded in half. I pop dotted a white mat slightly smaller to the front.
Adhere the snowflake front to the card base. The center of the snowflake pieces kind of interlock. I applied a bit of adhesive to keep the middle flat. Now to make my center embellishment.
I used two sizes of these circles from Sizzix's Stephanie Barnard's Dotted Circle Framelits. My Sizzix sandwich for die-cutting Framelits in my Big Shot was: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Thinlits die (cutting side facing down) Standard Cutting Pad. I really like the little dots that cut out, perfect for threading thin twine, cord, embroidery floss or thread. I used thread and left a long strand on the blue patterned one, which will go on the top, for tying a bow.
I die-cut a snowflake out of white craft foam from Sharon's Snowflakes #2 4pce Thinlits Set. I love how craft foam cuts out with thinlits, it has such a nice edge.
I pop-dotted the blue patterned circle on top of the larger white one. I tied a bow with the thread ends and threaded two little pompoms on two ends. I adhered my foam snowflake and a snowman embellishment.
This was then adhered to the middle of my card.
I like to decorate the inside of my cards. I usually use a few layers on the front which makes them a little heavy, so adding a mat or two to the inside helps balance the card so it stands up. I used this Sharon Sowell Snowflakes Bigz L die to make a snowflake on the inside. The Sizzix sandwich when using a bigz die is; Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (cutting side facing up) paper, Standard Cutting Pad. This is a thicker die, so it can cut out felt, fabric, foam, magnetic sheets, leather, chipboard, or craft aluminum. There is a large snowflake, circle and smaller snowflake on this die. I die-cut the large snowflake out of my woodgrain patterned paper, the circle out of white cardstock. The circle was pop dotted to the middle of the snowflake and then adhered to my mats.
I finished off my card inside with word stickers, a few snowflake stickers and dots of Stickles glue.
As soon as I started using this Snowflake Bigz L die, I immediately thought of window or shaker cards. The size is perfect! The large snowflake is at one end of the die, so there is enough room around it so you can use the negative die-cut. I cut out a 6"x6" card base and die-cut my snowflake on one end. The snowflake is not in the exact center of the die so you have to place your paper a little more to one side. Let the end of the card that will be your back hang over the edge. If you don't get your snowflake cut out in the exact center, you can always adjust your card size by cutting the edges. I die-cut two more pieces (6"x6"), one out of cardstock (my mat) and one from patterned paper. Cut these out at the same time, so the snowflake cut-out matches and then trim down later to size. I cut out the patterned one first to my desired size, adhere to the cardstock, matching up the cut-outs and then trim the mat slightly larger. I cut out a piece of clear acrylic slightly smaller than this piece, adhere to the back, creating my window.
Adhere this matted piece to the card front, matching up the cut outs.
I added a woodgrain patterned paper mat, with the edges inked, to the inside. White cardstock snowflakes were die-cut from the Snowflakes #2 Thinlits die that I used on my previous card and adhered to the edge of my card inside. Sequins, stickers, and Stickles glue finished off my card. To add sparkle to my snowflakes on both cards, I applied a bit of glitter with a Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.
Here's a look at my two "snowy" cards! Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and it inspires you in your winter card making!
- Big Shot or Big Shot Plus machine
- Standard Cutting Pads
- Extended Magnetic Platform
- Snowflake Card
- Snowflakes #2
- Dotted Circles
Other Materials Used:
- Patterned Paper
- Pompoms (Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa collection)
- Craft foam
- Clear acrylic
- Watercolour paper
- Pop dots
- Watercolour paints
- Stickles glue
- Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
- Distress ink