Thursday, 30 June 2016

Let It Snow

Morning, So much Excitement for one day. I hope you are all set for an amazing day on Hochanda. Leonie is Launching her brand new One Day Special at 8pm. I will be sharing some of my samples on my blog at launch, so I hope you will take a look later. Before that we have Sue Wilson back on Hochanda too. I always love Sue's dies and her demos are always a great source of inspiration. Today, The card I m sharing was made yesterday using Sue's Christmas Dies from last year.

To work out the card I needed, I took the square die I was planning to use for my aperture and the side panels. I allowed a 5 mm border around all of the elements. I wanted approximately 1/4'' border at the top and a 1 1/2'' border at the bottom. So my card size was 7 x 9 1/2''. I then cut the square in some navy Silk Art card using a die, it measured approximately 5 1/4'' square.

Having the aperture, it made it easy to work out the position of the image I was creating for the card. I made a stencil in copier paper using a large Spellbinder bauble die. I positioned this over my super smooth card. I then tore a strip of copier paper to make my snowy landscape and blended the hills using Shade Lilac and Faded Jeans Distress Ink, making some lighter and some darker, always fading towards the bottom to give dimension.

Next I added some deer and trees to my snowy scene, here I used the 'Snow Scene Set' from Clarity Stamps. I paced the round moon mask in the sky, then blended using Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire, leaving it lighter towards the middle. I then added some snowflakes using Chipped Sapphire. Finally I added some mini snow flakes using a white Sharpie fine liner pen.

Then I removed the masks and outline stencil and set aside.

I cut 2 of Sue Wilson's Snowflake Striplets with the outer cutting die from Navy Silk Art card.

Using the outer cutting die again, I cut to rectangles from red Silk Art card and covered them with double sided adhesive sheet. Then I covered a little bit of the same card with the adhesive sheet and cut out Sue's 'Let It Snow' Die.

I peeled off the backing and stuck the red card behind my die cut striplets.

Next I covered all of the adhesive areas with Clear Micro Beads on the striplets and the 'Let It Snow' sentiment. Then set aside.

I positioned my snow scene within the square to plan and stamp some lighter snowflakes within the aperture, I used Shade Lilac Distress Ink for this. Then using foam tape I secured the snowy scene behind my main card, ensuring that the image was in the correct place.

I then cut some snowflakes using a punch, this was on shaded blue cardstock.

I secured the striplets either side of my image, using two layers of foam tape to really lift them from the card. I positioned the 'Let It Snow' sentiment directly below. Then arranged the snowflakes around the bottom using 3D glue gel and trimmed the excess so they were coming off the page. Finally I layered the finished piece onto a matching red base card.
It's time for nominations in the Craft Awards. They have a category for best blog too. It would be lovely to be nominated. I know I probably haven't got a hope in hell but if you haven't voted for all your favourite crafters yet and you think my blog is worthy of a nomination I would be very proud and happy for your support. This is a link: International Craft Awards.

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to look at what I am sharing today. It really does mean a lot to know that you are enjoying my blog and the things I am sharing with you.

I'd also like to thank everyone who leaves a comment I do love to read them and like to hear what you think.

I hope that you will come by later to see some of the samples I have made for the shows. Thank you so much and Take care xx


  1. Ohh Nick this card is amazing! So much has gone into the making of it,and goodness knows how much thinking before that. Just love everything about it but especially the scene in the bauble. I am always fascinated when you do these,they are always so beautiful.
    Hope to catch your samples and Leonie's show tonight but am usually in bed by then. If so will catch them tomorrow or in the middle of the night when my pain usually wakes me up and then keeps me awake.
    Thank you for sharing. Nicola x

  2. Morning Nicola, Very pleased that you like this one. I like to make cards like this, nothing like starting from scratch, I like to add the dies but I have never been very good at making things with only dies I have to add something that I have made or I lose interest. Not you as well, I usually wake with a lot of pain in the night and then that's it no hope of getting back to sleep.It's always worse at night as well. I hope you manage to sleep through. Take care xxx

    1. Am really sorry that you have pain issues too. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It is not easy is it to wake up every night in pain and as you say there is no chance of any more sleep.
      As for sleeping through,I don't think I can remember the last time that I did! Something that I can only (day)dream of!
      I think that it makes all your work even more amazing knowing that you create these marvelous pieces of art despite your pain.
      Please take care. Nicola x

  3. Simply stunning Nick I love the scenes you create that I want to walk into. A stunning Christmas theme project. Hugs Janet

  4. Simply stunning Nick I love the scenes you create that I want to walk into. A stunning Christmas theme project. Hugs Janet

    1. Thank you Janet, I love making these so I am very pleased you like the scenes. xxx