Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dasher Through the Snow

Welcome to another fun challenge from Our Creative Corner. This week Jenny Gropp's challenge is to incorporate snow or snowflakes - easy enough this time of year! And all I have to do is look outside my window for plenty of inspiration.

This card is actually a slightly stepped-up version of the swap card I made for our demo team Christmas party last week. I was inspired to make this card after watching the newest Workshop Wow DVD - if you're a demonstrator and haven't seen these DVDs, I highly recommend them. I've gotten so many great ideas from them.

This card started with a plain whisper white panel. I masked off a 1 1/4" circle (with a post-it note) and the snow line (which I made with a torn piece of scrap paper), then sponged basic black classic ink over the whole thing. I stamped Dasher with platinum shimmer paint, applied directly to the stamp with a sponge dauber. The snowflake is from Christmas Punch - since I was using the dauber I could choose to just use a single snowflake. Tip of the day: These snowflakes are quite small and detailed, so I found that once I'd stamped Dasher and experimented a little with the snowflakes, the dauber had enough paint on it to do all of these snowflakes without reapplying any paint.

To finish my card, I added the sentiment (from the retired set Holidays & Wishes) and three silver brads, and I highlighted the top of the snow with dazzling diamonds. I used a layer of brushed silver cardstock behind the main panel for a little more shimmer. Tip of the day #2: I recommend letting the card dry at a couple stages: after sponging the black ink and after stamping with the shimmer paint. Both will be permanent once they're dry, but just a little extra drying time will keep them from rubbing off.

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you have time to play along in the midst of your holiday preparations. This may be my last post till next weekend, so happy holidays to all of you!

12 comments:

jdmommy said...

What a wonderful masked card, Lori! that Dasher is fabulous, and I love the brads!! Happy Holidays from all of us in Wayland, and stay snug during the snowstorm!!

Ruthie said...

love what you did with dasher! GREAT!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Super cool card, Lori. I love the nighttime scene you have created. I wish I could see it IRL to see the silvery paint. Now you've made me want to hit my craft room and do a night scene when I really should be attending to holiday prep tasks! Hope you and your family have a fabulous Christmas!

Christmas {{{hugs}}} to you.

Mrs B said...

Just beautiful! I love everything about this card! Very elegant!
CindyB

Loretta said...

I have that stamp, and haven't used it yet! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Silke Ledlow said...

OH my - Lori - this is soooooo GORGEOUS!!! I love this card.....the velvet look is awesome!!!

Hppy Holidays!!! Hugs ~S~

Joycelyn Turner said...

What an incredible scene...stunning!!!!

Melissa said...

I am so getting that DVD. That is an awesome card! I love how simple and yet creative it is!

Jennifer Meyer said...

Beautiful card Lori, LOVE the rich colors and gorgeous embossed snowflakes!!

Have a wonderful Christmas, Jennifer :)

Wendy J. said...

Beautiful card, Lori! I love it! I bet it's even better than the in the photo. Some cards are hard to tell what they really look like when they have shimmery/sparkly stuff on them. Wonderful technique ideas too!

Pat (mspfd) said...

This is the best card I've seen made with Dasher. It is gorgeous! I love the seen you created. Pure genius.

Jenny Gropp said...

Love this prancing deer image -- this card is a real knock out and I bet even more outstanding in person!