Thursday, 5 June 2014

let it snow...let it snow...let it snow and a neat little trick to try

The current challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge is '3 of something'. I went through all options, three cards, three Wise Men, three colours - than I remembered a pre-loved stamp with three 'snow people' I bought fairly recently. And this card (two exactly the same in fact) was born:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white scalloped edge card blank

- pale blue backing card

- Kraft coloured 'snowflakes' backing paper from LOTV's 'Krafty Christmas' paper pad

- Penny Black 'Snow Family' stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured with Pro Markers. Then die cut using a Nesties Labels Eighteen die and popped onto a pale blue backing, made by drawing round the outside of the die and just hand cutting

- the sentiment is an Elzybells stamp, stamped using SU's 'Bashful Blue' (which shows up much better in real life) then mounted onto a strip of pale blue card and finished off with a coffee coloured pearl at either end

- then I just added some little dots of 'White Opal' Liquid Pearls around the image

And here's a great little trick. I only found it online recently and can't recall where otherwise I'd give credit 'cos it works a treat! I know it's probably the way I do it, although I have read that some newer pearl liquids are much better at 'settling' and mine are pretty ancient, but I always seem to end up with little 'peaks' - sigh. The trick however is as soon as you've finished applying the liquid pearls, just lightly tap the card on your desk (facing upwards of course!!), it 'settles' those little peaks beautifully :)

And this card is also for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra of course.

Di
x

22 comments:

Bonnie said...

This snowpeople trio is adorable, Di! Another great Christmas card!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I will definitely have to try your tip about the peaks...to make things peakless. I love this card with the kraft and white background and the blue in your snowpeople. It's Totally Excellent!

scrappymo! said...

I am definitely going to try that tip...makes sense to me and sounds so logical it makes one wonder how we never thought of it too!!! lol

What a soft and pretty looking card. I really like these colours together.
The background paper is so lovely and so suits the adorable snowmen!

Hope your back is settled down and all is well with you. Hope Spike is being a good little boy and being quiet at night!

We are off an a getaway for a couple of days...it will feel good to get away and relax.

SARN said...

Morning Di . . . loving this sweet snowmen card. So sweet the way u gave them rosy cheeks!

I know yr tapping tip works well . . . I saw it somewhere a while back and been using it ever since x

Pippa said...

Great card Di. Love the cheeky little chaps. x

debby4000 said...

Lovely sweet card, pretty colours and lovely image.
luv
Debby

Sarah said...

Lovely card and a great tip Di. My liquid pearls are quite old and go "pointy" so will try that next time I get them out of hiding!! xx

Jules said...

Hi Di

Gorgeous Christmas card .. .. your stocks must be mounting up now!!

Love the colour combo.

I read a similar tip to that somewhere and they simply flicked the underside of the card with their thumb and middle finger .. lovely to find these little tips isn't it!

Hope you are having a good week and your back is starting to improve.

Love Jules xx

Debbie Rock said...

LoVe keeping track of your growing collection of Christmas cards and already thinking I should be following your example! Those *s*n*o*w*men are just adorable. xXx

Viv's Visuals said...

Fab Christmas Card Di! You're putting me to shame!

Jean Straw said...

A fabulous card Di, I love those little snowfolk and the gorgeous colour combo.
Jean x

mamapez5 said...

i love your little snow people. They look so cosy all wrapped up. i must admit I rarely use my liquid pearls except my red ones for holly berries, but I will remember your tip next time I do. Kate x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Sweet snowman card! And thank you for the tip with the Liquid Pearls!

Sue said...

Fabulous card Di I have that stamp and I absolutely love it! huggles Sue xx

Sandra H said...

Oooooh Di....So beautiful and so much talent ....your image and colouring is absolutely stunning as is the layout of your card xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous trio
love it
hugs Tamara

Mrs A. said...

I read that trick too . Wot I wanna know is how'd yer get yer Blobbies all Der same size den!!! Cute little fellows . Hugs Mrs a.

Carol L said...

Those little snow people are the cutest ever, and I love all the soft colors!! Simply adorable!

butlersabroad said...

This is very sweet, I do love craft with practically any other colour. I worry about those liquid pearl "nipples", but as mine is a newer bottle it does settle when dry, sometimes a bit too much.

HUgs
Brenda

kanda said...

Your little snowmen are adorable and I love the colours xx

Hazel said...

Lovely snow family, Di. Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges and our Completely Christmas 14 with your lovely card - hope to see you again soon. x

Debs Willis said...

What a gorgeous card, love the colours and the snowmen are adorable
Debs x