Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Like Snowflakes, Each One Is Unique

I usually send out holiday cards with family newsletters to friends and family who don't live on the islands.  Although I would prefer to make each one individually, time is a silent enemy.  As a compromise I decided to use a watercolor-like technique.  I used an acrylic rectangle (this one happened to have a handle but you can an acrylic stamp block or even a spam musubi maker) to print the Distress Inks.  After applying the inks to the block, I sprayed them with Perfect Pearls (mixed with water) before stamping them on the watercolor paper.  I misted with Mr. Huey's after printing.
This close up shows the mini felt snowflake (purchased in a set from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) that was rubbed with Stickles before gluing onto the card. (I think the felt snowflakes were meant to be used on a miniature tree.  They come in a cool wooden box which could be turned into an earring holder or mini shadow box.)
Oh, almost forgot....I sprinkled some Stampendous Frantage (from BFC) onto the watercolor panel and heated it from the underside with a heat gun before attaching the panel to the Paper Accent blank card base.
After double sticking the sentiment with Merikan tape, I was done.  I am very pleased that each card is slightly different and that the cards came together very quickly.  This 'watercoloring' technique with the acrylic block was very entertaining so I'm sure I will use it again.  I hope that you will give it a try to make your card making faster without abandoning the handmade look. Happy Crafting!

3 comments:

Annette Allen said...

yay for pretty snowflakes..

Cami said...

These snowflake cards are SO pretty, Lynn! I love doing that acrylic block watercolor technique...so fast and easy, and slightly different results each time. Yay! I bought that little box of snowflakes also from BFC and will try adding the stickles like you did. Great idea as always! Happy Holidays!

Niki G said...

Gorgeous! Stickles is the perfect finishing touch...awesome work!