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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Snowflakes of Joy PP324

I may live in Florida now but I am a born-and-raised midwestern girl so as The Paper Players hostess for this week's theme challenge, I chose snowflakes!  There is nothing like the sparkle and magic of new fallen snow; it blankets everything with quiet grace.  I miss those first snowflakes...but certainly not the ones that fall in March, LOL! 
For today's card, I was inspired by this tutorial for creating a beautiful winter night sky as well as Narelle's awesome sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:
I started with a layer of Shimmery White cardstock, die-cut a 2.75" circle and ran it through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  This embossing folder is so versatile--falling snow, champagne bubbles, water, confetti--it makes it all!  It's a must-have folder.
To create the sky, I sponged a 3.5" x 3.5" piece of Whisper White cardstock all over with Tempting Turquoise.  Night of Navy was added just to the top half and over that [retired] Blackberry Bliss deepens the Navy and turns it a lovely indigo.  The water speckles, are just that...water flicked onto the ink with my fingertips.  When dry they created a lovely snowfall effect.  Scattered snowflakes from the Christmas Pines set were stamped in Night of Navy.  I die-cut the sentiment from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits in Silver Glimmer paper.  The letters were cut apart so I could add a snowflake--cut with the Starlight Thinlits--to the "o" in 'Joy".  
I thought the inside needed some color so I sponged and spritzed another piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped this lovely sentiment from Christmas Pines in Blackberry Bliss (I really miss that color!).

I hope you won't miss a change to play along with this fun theme this week.  Or miss a change to check out the rest of the Design Team's beautiful inspiration at The Paper Players!  Join us, if you can...have a great week, friends!


 

15 comments:

Nancy said...

Beautiful card Nance, love your shades of blue for the sky, I'll have to try the shading effect.
The inside is just as pretty as the outside too.

Amy O said...

Just beautiful, Nance! I love the inked background and the way you've used that snowflake die with the Joy die. So clever!

Karren said...

Wow, Nance! This is just stunning! Gorgeous design and your night sky looks fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Linda Callahan said...

Well that night sky is fabulous! This is one gorgeous card! Love the added snowflake in the sentiment! Your cards are always so beautifully detailed!

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Nance this is gorgeous and love that you shared your method to get there. Love the water splash snowflake effect... very nice! I too love that embossing folder. I still like the 'smaller' size though, better than the 6 inch. Oh well.
Your JOY is perfect with a snowflake "O".... so pretty with your gorgeous night sky.
Hugs

stampwithsandy said...

Wow, Nance! What an amazing card! Your night sky background is just gorgeous and I love the beautiful sparkly sentiment, too. A real work of art!

colleen begley said...

Beautiful, Nance! Love the creative way you used the star for the O in joy.

Jen Mitchell said...

What a beautiful night-time snowy scene! The deep colors of the sky are absolutely gorgeous and that sparkly sentiment is fabulous! I love that a snowflake takes the place of the "O!"

laurie said...

That night time background is amazing! What a beautiful card Nance. So sparkly and fun!

Bobby said...

Saw this as a favorite at FMS and had to come take a closer look. It's gorgeous, Nance.

Robyn said...

Congrats on being picked at FMS! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! ..and thanks for explaining how you did it all - will have to give that a try!

Claire Broadwater said...

Nance, we can dream of snow on Christmas, can't we?!?!
This is so beautiful! The night time snowy scene is breathtaking! I love the gorgeous shimmery snowflake with the Joy die--so lovely! So a fun challenge! Have a great week, My Friend! XX

LeAnne said...

This is awesome! What a great technique! I never would have thought plain water could create an effect like that! Beautiful creation!

Joanne James said...

Nance that night sky circle is just gorgeous! Great creative licence by incorporating your glimmer snowflake into the centre of the word 'Joy' too. A fabulous card for a great theme this week!

Jaydee said...

Nance, what a gorgeous background - you did a beautiful job and i love how you made your snowflake center stage. Fabulous card
hugs
jaydee