Sunday, January 10, 2010

Let it Snow Clear Card...

Well, I've got a busy week ahead! A quilling class on Tuesday, preparing for my monthly crafting club, and I've got new stamps and punches to play with! There's nothing like a frosty day staying at home, crafting and drinking homemade apple cider! Oh, throw in an occasional piece of chocolate and talking to my sister, and life can't be better! Let's see what I've been up to this weekend!

This too adorable snowman is a new release from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. You get two sentiments with the snowman as well, and these are clear stamps that stamp so clean and crisp. My favorite ink of choice is the Memento brand and I use Tuxedo Black for most of my stamping.
There's a fabulous deal over at the store, where you can purchase all 6 newly released sets for only $40! There's a total of 23 stamps, with images and sentiments. You just can't beat that price!! So go shopping, then come back and see how I made the card below!

This is called a "clear" card as the card front is transparent using a transparency or piece of acetate. My acetate is .7 mm thickness which makes for a sturdy cardfront and can hold up to ribbon, and embellishments, yet it's crisp and clear! It's made by Grafix and I purchased it at Michael's.

I stamped my snowman onto Whisper White cardstock, colored him with Copics, then cut him out with small scissors. I used a new Martha Stewart punch for the edge of my brown/polka dot designer paper (Heidi Grace Designs). My snowflake paper is by the Paper Studio. To make your clear card, cut and fold your transparency like you would for a normal card, but you are going to sandwich your back piece between a white panel and your designer papers. The white panel gives your card a lot of stability as well as hide your gluing.

Once I glued my designer papers, I added my snowman, and a glittery snowflake with a rhinestone. For decorating the clear front, you'll need to remember that you'll be able to see the backs of the embellishments or the "glue" you used to adhere them to the front! To fix this, you'll add coordination embellishments on the backside of the clear front. For my card, I used two-sided shimmery peel-off snowflakes. They were perfect for this type of card. I cut out a tag label, stamped my sentiment "Studio G" with black ink, then added a pretty ribbon! Card size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

Tip: Once you've cut out your image, take a black marker with a brush tip and apply the ink around the edge. It gives your image a clean, cut appearance.

Image and Sentiment: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Studio G
Papers: Heidi Grace Designs, The Paper Studio, Grafix
Embellishments: Offray, Peel-Off Stickers, SU! Snowflake, Recollections, Martha Stewart punch

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