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Snowflakes that Won’t Melt

Hi readers! Happy Saturday! Have you ever looked at a snowflake? I mean really closely? The detail and uniqueness is incredible for those 2 seconds you can look at it before it melts in your hand!!  Today on the blog, we asked for some help on how to make some of these beauties that won’t melt! With the help of some lovely Penny Black dies, I think we did just that! Check it out and enjoy!

Gather your glitters, shimmers and gems as Elizabeth Allan shares how she made these one-of-a-kind, non-melting snowflakes.

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By layering Penny Black’s Creative Dies Gossamer and Crystal Trio, eye-capturing dimension is seen on BOTH sides of the snowflakes. The secret is in the symmetrical designs!

Let’s make some snowflakes…

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1) Die cut Gossamer 10 times from white cardstock. Leave 4 of the die cuts in their original full design and trim the remaining 6 to create the center star portion.
2) Using Gel Medium as an adhesive, align and glue two full snowflakes together (back to front). Repeat with the remaining two full snowflakes.
3) Align the two completed sets of snowflakes and glue back to back. Tip/Hint: Insert fishing line between the two layers if a hanging mechanism is desired.
4) Apply Duo Embellishing Adhesive with a paintbrush to the front of the design and let dry until clear and tacky. Sprinkle with glitter and tap off excess. Repeat on the other side.
5) Align and glue 3 of the smaller star portions: back to front then back to front. Repeat again with the remaining 3 pieces.
6) Align and attach the small stars portions (one to each side of the design) with Power Adhesive Tabs. Apply glitter as outlined in Step 4.
7) Accent the snowflake with crystal gemstones.

Crystal-Trio

1) Die cut the largest snowflake in Crystal Trio 4 times and the smaller snowflake 6 times from white cardstock.
2) Using Gel Medium as an adhesive, align and glue two full snowflakes together (back to front). Repeat with the remaining two full snowflakes.
3) Align the two completed sets of snowflakes and glue back to back. Tip/Hint: Insert fishing line between the two layers if a hanging mechanism is desired.
4) Pounce the front of the snowflake with VersaMark Watermark Ink and apply Pearlescent Blue PanPastel with a small sponge. Spray with a fixative. Tip/Hint: Aerosol hairspray is a great fixative alternative. Repeat on the other side.
5) Align and glue 3 of the smaller star portions: back to front then back to front. Repeat again with the remaining 3 pieces.
6) Pounce the front of the smaller snowflake with VersaMark Watermark Ink and apply White Fine Pearl Medium PanPastel with a small sponge. Spray with a fixative. Repeat with the second set of small snowflakes.
7) Align and attach the small snowflake portions (one to each side of the design) with Power Adhesive Tabs.
8) Accent the snowflake with crystal gemstones.

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For design variations, have fun experimenting with colored cardstocks, a dazzling array of glitters and the new pearlescent PanPastels.

Endless possibilities from present toppers to ornaments to window card embellishments!

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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, crafting, and laughing! • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

Penny Black Holiday How To!

May Flaum here, and I’m excited to be back with another holiday project how-to!

One of my favorite things to do at the holidays is to play with beautiful collage stamps to create unique cards, gift toppers, and tags for the holiday season. Today I’ll be playing with some beautiful Penny Black images.

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First I stamped with distress ink and plenty of water to get a nice watercolor effect. Then I tore around the edges of my stamped paper and stitched it to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ card.

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Next up, to layer another image I stamped with gold ink and used clear embossing powder to add texture. The gold ink I used works well for embossing because it stays wet long enough for the powder to stick. Love this!

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Now to get more texture going, I took three metal flowers and painted them white. Once the white paint base was applied I used red paint and ink to color my flowers. You’ll want to let them dry (in the photo below you can see one is still wet).

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One more custom accent – use alcohol ink on pearls! I love this quick trick to color any rhinestone or pearl.

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To complete my card and add more depth, I applied black and mahogany distress inks as well as some gold mist splattered onto the card.

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What is so fun about combining all of these quick little techniques is that I can use them on a card, tag, mixed media canvas, or any other project that I would like! As a finishing touch on my card here, I used the main stamped image in gold to add some subtle accents around the edges as well.

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Those little bits of detail, as well as all the fun details on this card made it a lot of fun to make and I hope you’ve enjoyed my creative process! I encourage you to get out your stamps and find new ways to feature them.

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Monday Challenge Team

Penny Black Florals + Limited Time SALE

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Hi readers! Happy Tuesday to you! We’re back today for our 9th day of STAMPtember® fun! Today I’m so pleased to welcome a new guest to our blog. The lovely & talented Jill Foster!

To continue our love of stamping and encouragement of others to love it too, we’re issuing a very special and limited time sale on all Penny Black products! Be inspired & enjoy!

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In creating these two cards, I was inspired by the beautiful flowers of summer–trying to enjoy them just a little bit longer before the weather gets crisp and the leaves start to fall.  To create each card, I stamped my Penny Black floral images onto watercolor paper using Watering Can ink.  I then colored them using Distress Markers, adding water to blend. For subtle background stamping, I inked Penny Black Footnotes using Tree Branch ink, removing some ink with a baby wipe before stamping.  After piercing the square background, I also added Distress Markers blended with water to give the background a bit of a vintage look while also keeping things light and fresh.

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From: You’re Boo-tastic + A SUPER Surprise!: Linda Tupper!
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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, crafting, and laughing! • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

Heartfelt Thanks

Hi readers! Happy Sunday! Please join me in welcoming first time guest designer Heather Telford! I hope you will join me in giving her a BIG & warm Simon welcome, by commenting on this post and thanking her for this fabulous inspiration today!

I’m so fortunate to have such wonderful people in my life that I find myself frequently needing a thank you card. I love this design and technique by Heather and might just have to give it a go!

Read on to learn the technique & enjoy!

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I started by inking the “Fronds” background stamp with distress stains, spritzed it lightly with water then lay my white panel on top of the stamp. Once the panel was dry I added some text using a stamp from the “Love Chapter” set. I sponged some soft color onto the panel with distress ink. Finally I flicked some distress stains over the panel for a splatter effect.
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I cut the “Perched” die from the panel (splitting it in two) then attached the two sections to the white card base to reveal a negative bird on a branch. I then attached the die cut bird and branch lower down the panel with foam tape and a stamped a sentiment.
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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, crafting, and laughing! • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

Peace Wreath for Die-Cember™

Hi everyone! It’s Shari here with a card idea using dies in an unexpected way. When I was preparing for Die-Cember™ I got this crazy idea of using a couple dies to create a natural looking wreath. So here is how it began.

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The branches are recognizable, but the flourish pieces are hidden within the arrangement. I had the best time putting it together!

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With a little snip here and there before I knew it, I had a wreath. I didn’t glue the pieces down in their entirety, I secured them enough which allowed me to lift up parts for added dimension.

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I put together a video showing how it all came together. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today. I’d love to hear how you use your dies in unusual ways.

 

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening