Snowflakes on a Field of Green

Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Cardmaking, Product Tips and Tricks, Real Life Color Coach

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I should call this design “Snowflakes Floating on a Field of Green”, to be sung to the tune of “The Christmas Song” (I like Mel Tormé’s version best).

As I mentioned in my Color Combination of the Week article for this week, I like to try different color combinations for Holiday cards.  My additional inspiration came from the Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon, which led to selecting Mint Macaron, from the Green-Blue Color Group, and Emerald Envy, from the Green Color Group, as my Color Combination of the Week.

Silver is also included, but it’s a Neutral and makes a great accent.  The Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad is also Neutral, but I didn’t bother including it in the Color Combination as it can be considered a Shade of SilverThe whole Combination is an Analogous Color Scheme.  Besides, how can you get a higher contrast so the greeting will show?

I love the Flurry of Wishes Stamp Set, especially the double-snowflake stamp which coordinates so well with the Snow Flurry Punch.  However, I did not stamp the images and then punch them out, as I usually do.  Instead, I punched out the snowflakes, then stamped them.  The reason for this is the Silver Foil Sheets are so slick.  I inked up the stamp well with the Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad, then lined up the snowflakes with their image and pressed lightly to get them to stick.  Then I turned the stamp over and pressed more firmly.  This method works pretty well, but you need to hold the stamp in place at even pressure to make sure the ink gets transferred.

Clean off the stamps (don’t use StazON Cleaner) like you would any other stamp (Stampin’ Mist and the Stampin‘ Scrub work best) and don’t worry about the staining.  Photopolymer stains but the color doesn’t transfer.

I am horribly bow challenged, but I wanted to highlight the ribbon, so I tied a bow anyway.  First, I stamped the greeting in the lower right corner of the Emerald Envy layer, then I tied the ribbon around the card stock, turning the layer upside down to tie the bow.

I seldom fasten ribbon to the card stock, unless I want the bow centered, so I can slide the bow (or knot, more often) into position.  I didn’t realize the bow was covering up the greeting until after I took the photograph and put everything away.  A Glue Dot behind the knot will fix that just fine!

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