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Today's Featured Card is ...

❄️ Minty Snowflakes

I just love how this card turned out and am excited to share the details with you.

I started with a piece of Sugar Cube card stock. Loaded that into my Misti. Dusted it with my TE Anti-Static powder tool then placed the Swirling Snow background stamp into the Misti and inked it up using Sugar Cube ink. I repeated that 3 times to make sure I had a good white ink representation on the card stock. Leaving the card stock in the Misti I cleaned the background stamp then used the VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad to ink up the background stamp. I repeated that twice. (((Why am I using both white ink and the watermark ink? When I'm ink blending over white embossed designs, I want the white to really stand out and have found that stamping with Sugar Cube ink then topping it with the watermark ink solidly sets the white so the ink blending doesn't fade it out.))) I then covered the inked piece of card stock with fine white embossing powder and heat set it. Before I start ink blending I like to set this piece aside to assure it's completely dried.

While that embossed piece dries, I chose which snowflake I wanted to use from the Snow Crystals card making kit to embellish the card with. Once I made that decision I stamped 3 of them onto a piece of sugar cube card stock using with VersaMark Watermark ink 2 to 3 times. I then sprinkled that piece of card stock with a mix of white & silver embossing powder. Once I had that embossing heat set, I cut them out using the coordinating die and set them aside.

Using a piece of scrap sugar cube card stock I chose the "good tidings" greeting from the All Together - Christmas sentiment set and stamped that using the VersaMark Watermark ink then heat set it with silver embossing powder. Once that was heat set I used the coordinating die to cut that out then set that aside.

By now the background piece is dry so I grabbed 3 blender brushes and Spearmint, Mint Julep and Sprinkles ink pads. (Yep! That's where the 'Minty Snowflakes' name came from. Not so much the snowflakes but the Minty background.) Using those 3 inks I started blending until I was happy with the coverage. I wiped the card with a soft cloth to remove the ink sitting on top of the white embossing then hit it lightly with my heat gun to bring the shine back to the white embossing.

Using the Petite Scallop Stacklets I trimmed the outer edge off to leave a cute scallop edge. I then used the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets to create that stitched frame to give the card more dimension which also gives the 3 snowflakes more of a focal point.

Before assembling the card, I used Dr. Ph. Martin's white paste to splatter the ink blended card front. Once that dired (about 5 minutes later) I positioned the 3 snowflakes and sentiment then finished the card off with some coordinating matte enamel dots then affixed that to a 4-1/2 x 5-1/2" card base.

Whew! That was a lot but the results are so rewarding. This card really is so pretty in person! With a little organization and planning I think this card could be mass produced.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you were inspired to get crafty 💕

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