I decided to go all in and bought the whole Snowflake Showcase: two stamp sets, a set of matching dies, white velvet paper and the Snowflake trinkets. Now, I finally got to play with them.
This set will be available for customers from 1-30 November 2018. But the perk of being a demonstrator is you can get new stuff before customers do.
CASE YouTube and Pinterest
To start with this new set, I decided to get some inspiration from other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, in this case Susanne Netz, a Canadian Demonstrator. She blogs at SuNNStampin.com, but I follow her on YouTube. She made a beautiful, clean and simple card featuring the Snowflake Christmas tree from the stamp set “Snow is Glistening”. You can watch her instruction video here.
For the first card, I used 5 Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stamp: Pool Party, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Highland Heather and BlackBerry Bliss. I stamped the image using my Stamparatus, so I could ink up the stamp several times and stamp as many times as I needed to get a good image. To stamp the trunk of the tree, I used Soft Suede ink. I added one of the Snowflake Trinkets on top of the tree. For a sentiment, I stamped “fijne feestdagen” (happy hollidays) from “Van Alles Wat” (Itty Bitty Greetings) and punched it out with the Classic label punch.
For the second card I did exactly the same thing, but I used different colors: Soft Sea Foam, Granny Apple Green, Call me Clover and Shaded Spruce. There are two types of Snowflake Trinkets. One I used on the blue Christmas tree and the other on the green one.
Two beautiful Christmas cards.
Next, I wanted to use one of the beautiful intricate snowflake dies. On Pinterest I found a card by Jenny Hall that gave me the inspiration I needed. I did not use the same technique as Jenny Hall did, instead I decided it was time to use my brusho’s. I took a strip of watercolor paper and used a lot of water and Brusho’s on it. The Brusho colors I used are Turquoise and Ultramarine, both non-Stampin’ Up!. After several times drying the paper and re-applying water and Brusho’s, I was happy with the results. To add some interest, I splattered some white paint over the brusho.
Now came the hard part: to let the paint air dry. Because if you heat it with a heat-tool, the white paint turns yellow. Believe me, it happened. When the panel was completely dry, I spayed some Champagne Shimmer Paint (mixed with rubbing alcohol) all over the Brusho. To make sure that the colors stay vibrant and don’t stain, I applied some micro distress glaze over the watercolor paper. I am very happy the shimmer remained visible and I was really pleased with the result. Finally, I die-cut the swirly line of snowflakes from White Velvet Paper and added some rhinestones. From the stamp set “Beautiful Blizzard”, I used the blizzard sentiment.
Of course I had to make a second one. If you think the second card would be easier to make, think again. I had a lot of trouble getting hte colors the way I wanted. So, next to the brusho’s, I used Call me Clover and Shaded Spruce ink to create the ombre look.
It took more time than I anticipated to finish these cards, but I am really pleased with how they turned out.
An intricate masking technique
For the last card, I challenged myself some more. Keren Howell from Tuppence Coloured demonstrated a beautiful card with a masking technique I had to try. When she demonstrates it on YouTube, it seemed doable, but I had to start over twice and still think her card is more beautiful than mine. That said, I am very happy with my card. I tried to follow the instruction of Karen as closely as I could. The only thing I had to change was the tree, beacause I don’t own the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, yet. I used one of the trees from “Winter Woods”.
So far, I have only used a few stamps and one die from the Snowflake Showcase set. That means that I wil probably play some more with this set.