This card was created for my cat-lover son who is learning Spanish. When I saw the wonky C.C.Designs 'Grouchy Claws' stamp at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, it was a no-brainer purchase as I knew I could use it for other projects and it paired well with the sentiment I found in a Paper Smooches stamp set, 'Santa Paws'. I began by stamping the image on a die cut piece of watercolor paper (because I didn't want to fussy cut the image). Then I proceeded to make a mask to cover the image so I could I heat embossed the stamped snowflakes and watercolor the background. (I discovered that the best mask was made by stamping the image on a scrap paper and generally cutting it out before passing it through a Xyron sticker maker with a re-positional sticker cartridge.)
The resulting panel was just going to be used as an experiment or perhaps a tag, but I had just purchased the box of American Crafts (40 cards, 4 of each 10 designs) from BFC so I decided to mount it onto one of the plainer cards. (I chose the 'Snow Day' set because it has many cards that would be suitable for non-holiday cards. There are many sets to choose from which contain cards to simplify your card crafting.) The little vial of Martha Stewart tiny beads comes in a set. The red beads really remind me of miniature holly berries. I like using these beads in shaker cards because they make a nice swooshing sound. Anyway that's it for now....come back again to see more of my holiday crafts.