Friday, November 12, 2010
A Christmas Snow Surprise
For the Card: I used DCWV Holiday Collection Winter Matstack for the background papers...mounted on white CS (cardstock). I used my Cuttlebug to cut & emboss the frame from green CS before inking the raised areas with Pine Needles Distress ink. I cut a piece of thin plastic packaging and adhered it behind the frame with Scor-Tape (or any strong dry adhesive). Using TH Mini Holidays2 stamp set I used Versa-Mark to stamp the snowman & tree images onto the snowflake background paper and heat embossed with CTMH embossing powders. On the back of the frame I used one layer of mounting foam strips all around the perimeter of the frame making sure to leave no gaps. I lightly rubbed an embossing buddy (light dusting of baby powder will work too) over the snowflake background, and plastic, before adding the "snow" to the plastic portion of my frame--this keeps the snow from building up static on the plastic. I removed the backing off the mounting foam, exposing the adhesive, and carefully added the snowflake background to the frame before finally adhering the snow-filled frame to the card base. Finished off with a blue/silver ribbon, and hand-wrote the message. And now for my favorite part which involves repurposing, of course--the "Snow"!
For the Faux Snow: Simply this - take a piece of Styrofoam (the gritty kind) and cut it in half. Rub the two halves together over a file folder or glitter tray to catch the "snow". Surprise--that's it! Easy Peasy! The possibilities of how you decide to use it are endless; craft projects, in a jar with snowman parts (eyes, nose, scarf, hat, etc.) for a melted snowman, snow globes, cards, and much more. Isn't this "cool"?! =) Okay...it gets better. Use a prescription bottle, jar, or even a baggie and fill it about 1/2 way with your homemade snow (or with the amount you desire--just leave 1-2" from top). Add a drop of any color re-inker, close the lid and shake it up for the color to disburse evenly (I start with one drop, and add more as needed). I used blue re-inker to make some textured water in one of my projects, and batches of greens for wreaths and trees. Try adding a bit of Diamond Glaze (or Glossy Accents) sparingly to mold it to your projects -- makes great clumpy snow. And the Styrofoam shavings naturally glisten!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Noted by Lisa