Do you ever read horoscopes? In our newspaper, the daily horoscope column is on a page with other articles I read. So I find my eyes drifting towards Aquarius just about every day as I turn the page. More often than not there’s something that makes me smile or laugh. Usually it’s the latter. Today was one of those days, and it brought to mind a card design on which I’m working.
Snowflakes in a Horoscope?
Here’s the sentence that made me laugh: “A charm or picture featuring a snowflake reminds you to cherish your individuality, as no (two) snowflakes (are) alike.” OK, the grammar bug hit me so I edited it a bit. Nonetheless, I thought of a card I made last week that featured snowflakes. I haven’t yet shared it because, well, it’s not really what I had in mind.
Snowflakes on a Card!
Ever since I saw the new Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set in the upcoming (Tuesday!) Mini Catalog, I wanted to use snowflakes in a slimline card that had windows in it. I had the idea for paper from the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper set to show through the windows and then there would be cut-out snowflakes sprinkled all over the card front.
The first thing I have to say about this card is that, contrary to the normal, I find that the picture of the card looks better than the actual card. I really don’t know why that is. You’ll have to take my word for it as all you have is the picture. The bottom line is that I really like the idea, but I’m going to give it another try.
This card features my favorite design from the Designer Series Paper set. I love the way that the blues and the Highland Heather color blend together to make the snowflakes seem as if they’re drifting down in twilight. I stamped the snowflakes using Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Highland Heather inks. Then I used my cutting machine to cut the snowflakes out. I didn’t want a border around the snowflakes because they’re supposed to look light and delicate. That’s where things got a little dicey. The machine cut several of the delicate “legs” a bit too thin. They didn’t survive the orderal. The machine also doesn’t cut out the centers of the snowflakes – look at the Navy snowflake in the middle of the window on the left. That white just shouldn’t be there.
You’ll See This Card Again!
Bottom line? This is one case where I decided that the dies made by Stampin’ Up! really are going to work better than a cutting machine. So I have them on order, and will try this card again with die-cut snowflakes. So you’ll see another card with snowflakes and my favorite paper. Then I’ll know whether this is a card I’ll be making multiples of. I have got to get going on my Christmas cards before time gets away from me!
I hope you enjoy whatever you make this week. Happy Stamping!
NOTE THAT THE SNOWFLAKE ITEMS ARE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL AUGUST 4TH!