As you undoubtedly know, I live in Hawaii, where we think it’s cold out if we wake up to something less than 60° F. Believe me, I’ve said, “Brrr!” several times this winter!
But nothing brings out the “Brrr” as much as the cold snaps that have been hitting the United States Mainland and Canada this week. So we at the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge Blog thought that a “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” theme would be just the thing for our first challenge of 2018.
One image in the Stampin’ Up! catalog that always says “Brrr” to me in its native state is the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Every time I come across it, I am instantly reminded of what I think of as the scene in Northern Minnesota, looking through the birch trees at nothing but white snow. So you can imagine why this embossing folder was the first thing I thought of when I had to make a project for this challenge.
My first thought was to create a woodland scene with some blue sky and sparkling snow behind the image that the embossing folder makes. But, as I was standing at my work table contemplating how I might attack this design, it occurred to me that, if I used only Whisper White Cardstock that would create just the look I wanted. Another “but” – but that’s kind of boring. So I went back to where I’ve been a lot these past few weeks, the Eclipse Technique. Hmmm. Now I had to figure out how I was going to accomplish this little project.
Here are the steps that I took. And believe me, I had to stop and make sure I was doing things right at every one of these steps:
- Cut letters and the exclamation point from plain Whisper White Cardstock. “Brrr” has one too many Rs, so it’s just “Brr!”
- Remove the dies from the cardstock and lay the basic white piece on a flat surface and fit all of the cut pieces back into the main piece.
- Take small pieces of an older, retired, Washi Tape (don’t want to waster the current stuff!) and place them on the letters to keep them in place when you lift the cardstock to put it in the embossing folder. The front of this card is my third try, with one of the first tries being when I used large pieces of Washi Tape. Yes, it usually comes off nicely, but not when it’s been pressed into place as it is smashed down by the Sizzix Big Shot inside an embossing folder. Can you say, “ripped paper”?
- Place the cut and taped piece into the embossing folder, making sure that the front of the cardstock faces the side which will make the trees pop out from the front of the card. I got Card #2 backwards.
- Run the embossing folder through the Big Shot.
After that, the instructions are the same as for any card you make using the Eclipse technique.
For my project, used Marina Mist Cardstock as my background color. I also used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals instead of the Foam Adhesive Strips that I used in other projects. With the texture, I felt that these little pieces worked better than the strips.
So that’s it! I hope you’ll think about all that cold weather you’re either experiencing or have heard about and join in the newest SUO Challenge!