I originally made this card to feature it in a “Christmas in July” post. But after I’ve been reading all about the triple-digit temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, I decided today was a great time to bring on a little something cool. I hope my son and grandson, both of whom live in the greater Portland/Vancouver (Washington) area, are cool on days like today.
A Returning Oldie but Goldie Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! first introduced the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set in its 2020 August – September Mini Catalog. I was very happy when Stampin’ Up! announced at the end of that Mini Catalog that this stamp set and its coordinating dies were going to be continued in the 2021 Annual Catalog. And that’s where you can find them today. Who knows – you may even be able to find them in your own stash of stamps and dies.
Snowflake Wishes With a Fun Fold
Last year I loved making cards with the Snowflake stamp set and the 2020-2022 In Color, Misty Moonlight. That color appeals to me much more than Night of Navy just because it is a bit lighter and to me looks more, well, blue. So I started this year’s project knowing that I wanted to do something new with my favorites from last year.
After not too much time spent looking around for ideas, I decided that I’d try a Bridge Card for this project. The title sentiment in the stamp set would be perfect for a strip that “bridges” the two outside sections that are formed by that fold.
A Bridge Fold is So Easy to Make
You won’t believe how quick and easy the instructions for the basic card are. This particular card is a card that, when folded, is 4-1/4” high by 5-1/2” wide – perfect for an A2 invitation sized envelope.
Here are the sizes of the two pieces of cardstock that form the card:
- 8” x 4-1/4”
- 5-1/2” x 1” (if you have a sentiment that’s taller, you can always made this a bit wider than 1”)
And here are the instructions:
- Score the 8” x 4-1/4” piece along the 8” side at 1-1/4” and 2-1/2” from each end.
- Create Mountain Folds at the 1-1/4” score lines and Valley Folds at the 2-1/2” score lines.
- Adhere the left end of the 5-1/2” strip to the left 1-1/4” section of the card about 1/2″ up from the bottom of the card.
- Fold the left section with the strip adhered to it flat onto the main section of the card base. Then adhere the right end of the strip to the right 1-1/4” section of the card.
Unfold the left section of the card and the “bridge” card is done!
Decorating the Card
First of all, as you probably have already guessed, do all the stamping BEFORE you put the card together.
For this card, I stamped snowflakes from the stamp set on both the left and right 1-1/4” sections using VersaMark and then embossing them with the White Stampin’ Emboss Powder from the Basics group of embossing powders. I stamped the sentiment onto the bridge strip the same way. Then I added a die-cut snowflake to both ends of the bridge.
For the inside, I added a 3” x 4-1/4” piece of Basic White Cardstock to the center section of the card. Then I adhered a section that I had die-cut from Misty Moonlight Cardstock using the label-shaped die in the die set.
And Don’t Forget the Envelope
Especially at Christmas time, it’s just too much fun to stamp your envelopes. With all the snowflake images in this stamp set it’s so easy to find one that’s just perfect for what you like to put on an envelope. The stamp I like best is the one that has several small snowflakes. It’s almost like it’s made to go on an envelope!