Okay, I may be a tad snowflake obsessed (and I love stars and hearts too); I attribute it to being born in February – it just comes naturally! With my obsession in mind, it’s no surprise that I scooped up the Flurry of Wishes photopolymer stamp set, the matching snowflake punch (it cuts one stamp of two snowflakes into two separate images – yay!), and the flower medallion punch (it cuts the medium snowflake image). I have so many ideas for how the stamp set and coordinating punches can be used. For a bunch of really simple shapes you can create some really elegant designs in 2-D and 3-D.
Last year I made my grandma’s Christmas cards – 80 of them! – and I designed them all on the computer to sort of match her vision for what she wanted. She wanted to feature aerial shots of her home and wish everyone a Merry Christmas from her home to theirs (such a touching sentiment!). Being that we were late to the game in me making something very awesome and very crafty, I set out to design the bulk of the imagery and text to be printed on 4×6” photo paper for quick and easy printing. I then took that printed card and mounted it on slightly larger 5×7” cards, so that grandma could write in the cards as she’s done every year for as long as I can remember. She really liked the cards I made and was glad I could get them done just days before Christmas.
Given what I accomplished last year, I wanted to be ahead of the game this year, so I decided to make grandma’s Christmas cards in time for her birthday, rather than in time for Christmas. Spring is a really early time to be designing Christmas cards, but it sure was a fun process! I decided to use the Flurry of Wishes set with the matching snowflake punch. I used white shimmer paper for the snowflakes to be stamped on, so they had a bright colored line on shimmery cardstock to give a nod to flurries of snowflakes. I stamped larger snowflakes directly on the white cardstock, and then mounted my smaller snowflakes using Stampin’ dimensionals to give them the ability to pop off the paper as if they were really flying through the air. For extra shimmery details I added in sequins and glued them on using mini glue dots (much cleaner and faster than using regular glue or the fine tip glue pen, in my opinion). I also decided that the cards needed a little snowier action, so I took smaller stamps from my collection and added in smaller snowflakes, which gave the cards depth. The sentiments I used were from the Flurry of Wishes set, and I used a retired stamp to add more snowflake sentiments to the envelope flap for that extra touch of detail.
When I gave my grandma her cards she absolutely loved them and wondered where on earth I had found enough time to mass produce 80 Christmas cards in time for her birthday. It took hours of work, but I laid everything out assembly line style and took it one step at a time so that all the cards could be completed together. I really like working en masse like that, and find it a quicker approach to making a whole bunch of cards at the same time.
If you’ve tried the Flurry of Wishes photopolymer stamp set or any of the coordinating punches, let me know what you created! I’d love to hear what inspired you!
Ciao for now!