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Snowflake Collage

Snowflake Collage

Hi All!

Today I’m using the Simon Says Stamp Snowflake Collage die. I’ve created three of the same card design, but I used different mediums for the background. The first card I made using Colors Burst powders:

Snowflake Collage

The next two I show in the video. The first is Peerless Watercolors:

Snowflake Collage

For the second card in the video, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:

Snowflake Collage

I used one of my favorite embossing powders, Sparkling Snow, on the center snowflake. Here is a close-up:

Snowflake Collage

Last week I mentioned that I started taking my card photos with my new iPhone X. Well, today I recorded the video with my iPhone X. I bought a special adapter for my tripod. Now you’ll be able to see how dirty my craft mat and acrylic blocks are. Enjoy!

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Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Watercolor panels 5 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches 13 x 6.4 cm
Card bases 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

Supplies:

Peerless colors (basic and bonus) used: Scarlet Cake, Arbutus Pink, Viridian Green, and Forget Me Not Blue
Zig colors used: Blue, Violet, and Purple

Snowflake Collage
Snowflake Collage
Merry Messages
Merry Messages
EH|SSS
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Basic
EH|SSS
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
EH|SSS
Kuretake Zig Markers
Kuretake Zig Markers
AMZN|SSS
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
EH|SSS
Gansai Tambi White
Gansai Tambi White
EH|SSS
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SSS
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
EH|SSS
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Size 12 Round Brush
Size 12 Round Brush
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS

Comments

  1. wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Connie

    Very unusual snowflake collage. I like it! But, snowflakes aren’t really a good look in Australia since it is the start of Summer here. Ha! Ha! Love the colour combinations you have selected. I’ve tried the white gansai tambi paint to splatter too but it fades away almost completely on me. If you find a substitute for this paint that work better, I’m sure you’ll let us know.

    • wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 8:02 am

      darlene

      I know what you mean about the fading. So far, Gansai is the best, but I will definitely let you know if I discover a better one!

      • wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 3:47 pm

        Connie

        Thanks Darlene.

      • wrote on December 13th, 2017 at 8:46 am

        jennyjo88

        Hi ladies, I have had the same issue with spattering the white watercolor, so I started using watered down white acrylic paint and that works wonderfully. 🙂

    • wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Andrea

      Have you tried using slightly-diluted acrylic paint? The craft kind that comes in bottles (as opposed to tubes) seems to work great! Depending on the consistency out of the bottle, you may or may not need to add a bit of water. Different brands have different thicknesses of paint. Another possibility, which I haven’t tried personally, would be white gouache. This is like watercolor, and comes in a tube, but it’s opaque. Like I said, I haven’t tried that, so I can’t speak to the effectiveness. The craft acrylic paint is definitely cheaper than gouache, though, and pretty easy to come by. Anyway, just a couple of suggestions. 🙂 ~ Andrea

      • wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 3:48 pm

        Connie

        Thanks Andrea!

  2. wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    bturner908

    Can’t seem to get the video to play today. I’m sure it’s operator error! LOL!!

    • wrote on December 7th, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      darlene

      Did you get the video to play? Is it just this video that won’t play or are you having trouble with all of them? Please check the help page for more info on troubleshooting: https://www.livelovecards.com/help

  3. wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Soozie4Him

    Darlene, is the Sparkling Snow embossing powder like the Iridescent Ice EP that SU used to sell?

    • wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Soozie4Him

      I LOVE the cards, by the way, and I haven’t even watched the video yet!

      • wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 2:24 pm

        darlene

        Thank you! Actually, Sparkling Snow is different. It’s white, whereas the Iridescent Ice is clear. With Sparkling Snow, it covers the color underneath it. With Iridescent ice, you can still see the color you embossed it over. I hope that makes sense.

  4. wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Dayse

    Oh I really enjoyed this one with the different mediums.
    I loved the black overlay and the precision is so well done Darlene,
    you amaze me with how easy you make things look.
    When 3 cards came up at the end, I was what the… then you said you didn’t put the 3rd one
    in the video haha I thought I must have missed something but all ended well.
    Thanks for another fabulous card idea.

  5. wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Andrea

    Gorgeous! Love the contrast of the black greeting strip against the white background. It’s funny you mentioned having trouble with the embossing powder for the greeting. Last night, I was white heat embossing images for a set of Christmas ornaments I’m making. I was using black cardstock, and the powder just stuck all over! 👎 I made 11 in all, and on the first 5 I used my mouse pad as a stamping surface under my cardstock. So I thought, maybe I was just pressing too hard on the cushy surface, and getting Versamark where I didn’t want it. But the same thing happened on the other 6, not using the mouse pad! Thankfully, I was able to brush away the excess granules. Weird, though. I’m doing a chalkboard look, so if the images ended up a bit rough around the edges, it doesn’t matter too much. Also, just as a tip, a craft pick/paper piercer is wonderful for moving stray embossing powder out from detailed areas. Much easier in tight spots than a brush, if just as time-consuming! I just use it to loosen the granules and then blow them off. Anyway, your cards turned out beautifully–great color choices! 🐱 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Connie

      Do you use an embossing buddy first? I noticed Darlene didn’t use an embossing buddy or not on camera. If I don’t use an embossing buddy, especially on black, I get a real mess!

      • wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 4:16 pm

        Andrea

        Yes, in fact, on the first batch I pounced the powder bag over each piece to coat them liberally with powder. I thought that might be another problem, so for the rest, I just rubbed more lightly with the powder bag. Still a mess. I honestly don’t know what the problem might have been, since I don’t remember having that much trouble before–at least in a long time! 🤔~ Andrea

        • wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 5:17 pm

          Connie

          I also discovered that pouncing Is not as good as a light touch when applying the embossing buddy. Static or humidity in the air makes embossing powder stick unwanted places. Some climatic conditions are more prone to this happening. I reckon that’s your culprit!

          • wrote on December 7th, 2017 at 3:07 pm

            darlene

            I have no idea what it is about my climate, but I rarely need the embossing buddy. It’s very strange.

        • wrote on December 7th, 2017 at 5:46 pm

          Connie

          Just read up on this problem. It is caused by static electricity and is worse in dry cold weather during the Winter. However, if you use a humidifier indoors to keep the air moist during the year, there will not be as much static electricity in your home and your embossing powder will not have the tendency to stick so much. I find that using a Swiffer cloth on my work table along with an embossing buddy ensures the problem is greatly reduced or eliminated,

  6. wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Carol Mac

    You always seem to get that black accent i there…what a great way to do it.

  7. wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Cheryl

    Beautiful cards. I think snowflakes are my favorite embellishments for Christmas cards. You can do some many different designs with them.

  8. wrote on December 6th, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Glenismaree

    Very pretty cards Darlene and enjoyable video. Thank you.

  9. wrote on December 7th, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Anna D.

    Did you get a new video camera? The quality is different – more crisp. I like it! And the cards 🙂

    • wrote on December 7th, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      darlene

      Yes Anna! I started recording with my iPhone X. It’s crazy that my phone can take a better quality video than my fancy video camera!

  10. wrote on December 7th, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Connie

    Forgot to say, Darlene, that if you keep showing us the nifty things that the iPhone X can do, I will be forced to upgrade from my iPhone 6 (ha! ha!). No, seriously though, the quality of your video this time was even better with the iPhone X. I like the way it changed images at the beginning. So very professional.

    • wrote on December 7th, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      darlene

      Thanks Connie! It really is amazing how awesome the camera is on this phone (I upgraded from a 6 also). There is a “portrait” setting which takes absurdly fantastic photos, but it doesn’t work on cards – just people. I think because it can’t easily tell what is the foreground and what is the background on a card photo. Regardless, my husband is excited that we can write it off as a business expense, lol!

      • wrote on December 7th, 2017 at 3:36 pm

        Connie

        You’ve convinced me! Ha! Ha!

  11. wrote on December 7th, 2017 at 6:27 am

    anitac

    Darlene I love this card. Awesome idea. I may have to buy that die. Thanks again for sharing.

  12. wrote on December 13th, 2017 at 8:47 am

    jennyjo88

    Beautiful cards! Thanks for all the great inspiration!

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