Snow Covered Umbrella with Weather Together

Homemade sympathy card with Weather Together and Botanical Builder Framelits from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Snow Covered Umbrella with Weather Together

Rain can make for pretty miserable weather, which may be why we use umbrellas as a symbol for comfort to protect you from the storm of whatever unfortunate life events come your way. I think snow, especially the sleety kind, can be even more miserable than rain. This wintery-themed sympathy card features an umbrella from Weather Together and a surprise visit from Botanical Builder Thinlit Dies.

“Now wait a minute,” you are probably saying to yourself, “there are no flowers anywhere on that card.”

Check the snowflake shapes in the background. Those are actually the flower center shapes from Botanical Builders! They make great snowflakes.

Challenge Inspiration

Back to out card. This card was inspired by Paper Players Challenge #324!


Here’s my card for the challenge!

Sympathy card with Weather Together stamps and Botanical Builder Framelits from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Card Directions

  1. Cut and score a Whisper White card base.
  2. Cut a Wild Wasabi panel 1/2″ (1.2 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a Whisper White panel 5/8″ (1.5 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Cut a Marina Mist rectangle 4-1/2″ by 1-3/4″ (10.5 cm x 4.4 cm). Cut the end into a banner shape by cutting a slit in the center, then cutting straight lines from the bottom corner to the top of the slit.
  5. Cut a vellum banner the same size as the above Marina Mist banner.
  6. Using the flower center shape from the Botanical Builder Thinlits, die cut several Whisper White snowflake shapes.
  7. Arrange the banners with the snowflakes in the background, then adhere them down. I only used a dot of glue in the center, which left my snowflake arms kind of sticking out for a 3D effect. That was nice, but I wanted something a little flatter, so I ran the panel through my Big Shot to flatten everything out. It looks a little bit like a single piece of embossed paper when you do that.
  8. Stamp the sentiment on the bottom of the white panel in black and Marina Mist. See the tips below on two tone stamping!
  9. Stamp the handle of the umbrella from Weather Together onto the vellum with StazOn Black ink. As always with StazOn, ink it up really well, stamp it down, then let it rest before slowly peeling the paper away from the stamp. This helps the entire stamped image to stay stuck down, rather than getting peeled back off with the stamp. Also, clean your stamp immediately after you use it! I use an alcohol free baby wipe and give it a good scrub, then wipe it on a stamp cleaning pad.
  10. Color the handle of the umbrella, using Smoky Slate on the shaft and Pear Pizzazz on the handle. Use Basic Grey and Wild Wasabi to add shadows to the respective areas. Use a white gel pen to add white highlight accents.
  11. Stamp a snow pile (aka cloud) shape on a scrap of Whisper White using Memento Tuxedo Black, then again on a sticky note. Cut out the sticky note shape and stick it onto the Whisper White shape to mask the shape.
  12. Stamp the umbrella next, overlapping the top of the umbrella with the snow pile.
  13. Use sponges to add Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi base colors to the umbrella segments, then remove the sticky note.
  14. Use layers of Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, and Smoky Slate to add shadows to the umbrella, then add a couple white gel pen accents.
  15. Fussy cut out the umbrella shape and adhere it to the handle using a dimensional.
  16. Adhere the two banner shapes to the white snowflake background panel and trim off any excess. Adhesive will show through vellum. My original plan was to only adhere this layer behind the umbrella, but my vellum had a mind of its own and wanted to get all curly on me. I added glue dots to hold down the top and used enamel accents to cover up the glue dots.
  17. Adhere the white snowflake panel to the Wild Wasabi panel, then adhere the whole thing to the card base.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with Weather Together stamps and Botanical Builder Framelits from Stampin' Up!

Two Tone Sentiment Tips

I inked up my stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black and stamped it off once. Then, I used a Marina Mist Stampin’ Write marker to add a little ink to the bottom of the sentiment stamp. I huffed on it to moisten the ink, then stamped it down.

You can also get a two tone effect with two ink pads. Ink up the entire sentiment with the lighter color, then touch the sentiment down on the second color at an angle so only part of the stamp touches the ink.

Cool Weather Color Combination

This is a cool analogous color combination. Not “hip” cool. Color wheel cool. They are all clustered on the cool side of the color wheel. They are all also slightly muted. This helps the color scheme seem unified and also adds to the somber (and chilly) feeling of the card.

Color Combination: Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: StazOn Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Weather Together (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Botanical Builder Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sticky notes, white gel pen, vellum, Brights Enamel Dots

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