Smitten with Snowflakes

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mitten and Snowflake Sentiment stamps and Foil Snowflakes from Stampin' Up 5!

Smitten with Snowflakes

Stop! If you are my middlest sister, do not read this post until Christmas!

Everyone else… carry on!

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mitten and Snowflake Sentiment stamps and Foil Snowflakes from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Melon Mambo, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo, Night of Navy #stampinup #handmade #su! #christmas #colorcombo

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mitten and Snowflake Sentiment stamps and Foil Snowflakes from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #111!

Christmas is all about family! For this family themed challenge I thought I’d share a Christmas card that I’m sending to one of my special family members: Stamp Witch Middle Sister!

We come from a family of 3 sisters and we are all really close. Like, really close. We are lucky enough to all three work at the same company. Middle Sister was first, and they liked her so much they hired the other two of us as well! We get to eat lunch together and go for walks every day. Our coworkers commonly greet us as a collective, tipping their heads, giving a little wave, and saying, “Sisters.”

Middle Sister is slowly getting into card making (she even reads a card making blog) but her main crafty outlet is knitting. And she is amazing at it. She does amazing color work and even manages to create beautiful patterns on both sides. She can read and write her own knitting patterns and uses knitting lingo like “life lines” and “float points” that I don’t even understand.

Here is one of the projects she is currently working on:

Double knit blanket project from Novel Knitting

Middle Sister is amazing in a lot of other ways, too, but I wanted to share how awesome she is at knitting in particular, because I tried to represent that in paper format on my card.  The mitten on my card is something that Middle Sister could make on an actual pair of mittens! I can’t teach you how to make a real mitten like this, but I can teach you how to make a paper one!

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mitten and Snowflake Sentiment stamps and Foil Snowflakes from Stampin' Up!

Rainbow Mitten Technique

  1. Stamp a mitten outline onto Night of Navy cardstock, then fussy cut it out. (Fussy cutting instead of using a die gives a little crisper mitten shape. Even if I had the dies, I’d fuzzy cut this.)
  2. Use a sponge to dab rainbow colors on the ivory side (the back side) of a Foil Snowflake. Ink up your sponge and rub off extra ink on a piece of scratch paper before applying the sponge to your snowflake to avoid splotches!
    • Start with a stripe of Daffodil Delight in the center.
    • On one side add Melon Mambo, blending it into the Daffodil Delight to create a peach color.
    • On the other side add Lemon Lime Twist, then Island Indigo.
  3. Use a different sponge to dab liquid glue on the metallic side of the snowflake. Make sure it is 100% covered, every single tiny little piece!
  4. Glue the snowflake onto the mitten. Press down and make sure all the little snowflake pieces are really well attached.
  5. Carefully trim the edges of the snowflake to match the mitten. Some tiny pieces may be separated from the main body of the snowflake. These will have a tendency to fall off of the mitten if you aren’t careful. The better you do at gluing, the fewer of these orphaned pieces will fall off!

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mitten and Snowflake Sentiment stamps and Foil Snowflakes from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

After making the mitten, the rest of the card is pretty simple!

  1. First, cut a Night of Navy card base.
  2. Second, cut a piece of Night of Navy the same size as the card front. Emboss this piece with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  3. On another piece of Night of Navy, stamp the sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments in VersaMark ink.
  4. Sprinkle gold embossing powder on the sentiment, tap off any excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder melts.
  5. Using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Dies, die cut a the word “love” from gold glimmer paper. I normally recommend cutting the back side of glimmer paper, but you can’t do that with die cut words or it will turn out backwards!
  6. Place the glimmer paper “love” below the sentiment and use it to determine where the circle Stitched Shapes Framelit die should be placed to cut out around the embossed sentiment. Remove the glimmer paper “love” while die cutting the stitched circle.
  7. Adhere the sentiment circle, glimmer “love”, and mitten together. I liked the look of having the mitten tucked just under the ‘E’.
  8. Place half of a gold Foil Snowflake and a strip of Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon that zigzags back and forth onto the wood plank textured panel. Line everything up with the sentiment and mitten to determine where everything should be placed and how long the ribbon should be.
  9. Remove the sentiment and staple the ribbon and foil snowflake in place, making sure the staples are placed behind where the sentiment will be. (Everyone makes mistakes, see the image below to see how I messed up this step!)
  10. Use dimensionals to attach the sentiment and mitten on top of the pinewood plank textured panel, then adhere the whole front panel to the card base.

Even when my entire card front is dry embossed, I still use a flat card base and glue a separate embossed sheet to the front of it. Though it uses and extra quarter sheet of cardstock, I find that it is makes a more sturdy card. It’s an added bonus that two layers also lets me hide staples, if needed.

 

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Smitten Mitten and Snowflake Sentiment stamps and Foil Snowflakes from Stampin' Up!

Everyone Makes Mistakes

In the picture above you can see how I like to attach ribbon and doilies. Glue can be difficult to use with these items and sometimes even then, they can fall off. Ribbon never escapes a staple, though, so I like to cleverly hide staples between layers so no one sees them.

But….

After I carefully placed my ribbon and stapled it down I realized something must have slipped a little because that edge of the ribbon wasn’t poking out from behind the mitten the way it was supposed to!

Oops!

I fixed this little mistake by cutting that little bend in the ribbon free, scooting it over about a centimeter, and stapling it all on it’s own. Now my project really looks like Frankenstein’s monster. Luckily the sentiment and the mitten cover it up!

It just goes to show that we all make mistakes!

Materials:

Cardstock: Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Gold Glimmer Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Snowflake Sentiments, Smitten Mittens (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Foil Snowflakes, sponges, dimensionals, gold embossing powder, Heat Tool, Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon, Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (c) Stampin’ Up!

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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