snow is glistening

I created this card for two purposes. The first is to give the South Burlington stamp club group an opportunity to play with some of the products from the Snowflake Showcase. The second was to submit a card to the active technique challenge on the TGIF Challenges! site. More on the challenge later…

The Snowflake Showcase products are only available for a few more days. If you want to buy any of them, make sure to get your order in before the end-of-day on November 30th. The white velvet paper that was available originally sold out super-quick and sadly you can’t get it any more. I don’t imagine that they will run out of the stamps, since Stampin’ Up! manufactures them. But… if you want either the coordinating dies or the pretty snowflake trinkets, I suggest that you not delay in placing your order so that you can be certain to get them.

snow is glistening

Like the previous card that I shared, I stamped a panel for the inside since the card base is so dark. I love using the snowfall stamp across the top to create a pretty edge, and I’m still enamored with this greeting.

I had promised to give you more info about the challenge. This week, we were encouraged to create a card that featured sponging in some way. You can check out the challenge here. For my card, I used the “Versamark Resist” technique for the tree panel. It is super-easy to do, and I encourage you to give it a try. Here is how you do it:

  • Stamp your image with Versamark ink on glossy cardstock.
  • Let it dry, or set it with the heat gun if you’re in a rush.
  • Apply dye-based ink over the top with a sponge, rubbing in circular motions (Stampin’ Up! Classic inks are perfect for the job).
  • You can start with a lighter ink and add highlights with darker ink – feel free to experiment.
  • The Versamark ink will resist the dye-based ink, and you’ll see your stamped image show up. It is a subtle image, which can be perfect depending on the project.

I used a past sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge site as the inspiration for the layout of this card. I knew that I wanted to use the tree image, and the vertical panel on this layout worked perfect for the size and scale of that stamp.

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