Thursday, 1 June 2017

Sparkle Paste Snowflakes

Summer starts in the month of June and here's me making a winter / Christmas card for my Design Team card for the June CAS Mix Up challenge!  This month we are looking for:

I'd been meaning to do a card for last week's SCS Ways to Use It challenge, "Kids & Pets, the Perfect Mix!" since I'm such a dog lover and I have the perfect stamp for it in my NBUS box.  It occurred to me that it was ideal for embossing paste snowflakes so I decided to do it for CAS Mix Up, and post late to the SCS challenge.  Here it is:

I stamped my image on Bristol vellum cs - ideal for coloured pencils.  I used my Prismacolours and Gamsol to colour the image.  Then I laid the Memory Box snowflakes stencil over it, masking off any snowflakes that interfered with the image (like a huge one right on the dog's head).  I used the beautifully sparkly Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Dawn embossing paste.

I added a thin border of sparkly cs and popped it up on fun foam.

Here's a close-up of the embossing paste snowflakes:

Because of the proportions of the image, I made this an unusual size of card - 4.5x5" instead of the usual 4.25x5.5".  So it was a good opportunity to use my envelope maker and a piece of dp from my stash to make an appropriately-sized and co-ordinating envelope.

Please head over to CAS Mix Up and check out the other cards by the fabulous Design Team and our June Guest Designer, Marianne of Marianne's Cards 'n Stuff.  You have until June 24th to link up a card that includes stamping, embossing paste or gel, and at least one other option from our list on the right hand side of the CAS Mix Up page - I have stamping, embossing paste, stenciling, and coloured pencils with Gamsol.

And if anyone knows the brand or name of the stamp, please let me know.  It's unmounted and disappeared into my NBUS box with no note of where I got it!

Stamps - ? dog and child stamp, Northwoods sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white glitter, white, and Bristol Vellum cs
Size - 4.5x5"
Accessories - Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Memory Box snowflake stencil, Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Dawn embossing paste, fun foam


  1. LOVE the sparkle from your embossing gel, Susan. Looks amazing with the glitter frame in the background. Your little girl and dog are so sweet. Great colouring with pencils. I need a lesson from you as my pencil colouring! Sweet winter card, my friend. xx

  2. Always a shock to see Christmas snow! but yours is lovely Susan - with the sparkly paste! A wonderful outdoor winter scene! The sparkly snow landing on dog and child are just how they would look IRL! Julia xx

  3. I LOVE your sparkly snowflakes and the adorable images! Beautifully colored and snowed on, my friend!

  4. Such an adorable card, love the stamped image and the cuteness of those ever so pretty snowflakes x

  5. Susan, that is such a charming vintage image and you colored it beautifully! Love the snowflake background!

  6. Your child and dog Winter image are so sweet and so you my friend! I Love your pencil coloring and stenciled glittery snowflakes. This would be beautiful framed as a Christmas Holiday decoration. TFS Susan. Hugs..

  7. I just love that stamp, it's so pretty and an awesome Christmas image :)

  8. That Christmas card just warms my heart, Susan! Your NBUS stamp depicts a perfectly drawn child all bundled up and a perfectly drawn exuberant dog in the snow and you've colored them expertly! Excellent choice for adding embossed snowflakes and I love the envie, too!! Hugs, Darnell

  9. Adorable Christmas card, Susan. Love the sparkly snowflakes. And I never knew colour pencils work great on Bristol vellum paper. I have a pad of Bristol vellum paper I wasn't sure what to do with. 😂 Thanks for the tip. Enjoy the great weather and have a great weekend!

  10. What a cute scene this is and makes me laugh because my dog looks just like that with her tongue out in the snow. Love the sparkle of snowflakes.

  11. Beautiful card, great colours over the basic whites in your matting and snow flaking. Love that you added flakes on the child's clothing too. Such a warm Christmas card, love it! xx


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