Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sponged Snowflakes


I'm sharing a simple Christmas card I made with a smooshed Inka Gold background, with sponging over top of a snowflake stencil in silver ink. Super easy card.  It's hard to capture the shine on the silver snowflake in a photo ... it look more gray here, but it is silver, shiny and very pretty.  I added a simple sentiment banner, stamped in the same silver ink to tie everything together.

I made a "stepped-up" version of the card above.


Used another smooshed Inka Gold background from my stash ... this one has a bit more colour to it.  Sponged over the same snowflake stencil with silver ink, but also added a layer of glass bead gel over top.  The glass beads really sparkle and add lots of texture as well.



Stamps:  Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Silver (Delicata)
Accessories & Tools:  Inka Gold in blue, silver and gold, water mister, snowflake stencil (cut with my Silhouette Cameo), and sponge, Glass Bead Gel (Golden)

24 comments:

Viv's Visuals said...

These are beautiful Loll. x

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Background for snowflake is so beautiful. I love the delicate and yet so different background colors. I regret that the photos do not reflect all the splendor of shiny elements. Each of us has this problem in the presentation of our cards, but we have a great imagination, and each of us see the true brilliance of your card. Yes, we see it :-)
Hugs, BożenA

Christine Alexander said...

love the sparkly snowflake, it shows well in the 2nd image. The inka gold background looks wonderful, a perfect mix of colours. Awesome card:)

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful snowflake cards, Loll. Love the added glass beads sparkle on your 2nd card. I have not problem imagining all your beautiful shine and sparkle. TFS my friend. Hugs, Nancy

Aileen Ryan said...

Beautifulcards Loll, love those glass beads, once they dry they always show up so beautifully.

Brenda said...

Both cards are just stunning Loll! I love how beautifully the silver embossing shimmer and shines, you captured it in the second card. Love your backgrounds too, you always make such wonderfully stunning backgrounds! Hugs, Brenda

Marcia HIll said...

Lovely, lovely cards Loll!! Really like that snowflake stencil you used...so pretty against your backgrounds! And I definitely LOVE that sentiment...think I need to check that out!! Merry Christmas my friend and a very happy and healthy New Year to you too!! :0)

Nancy Stislow said...

Simple or not it's your ideas that fascinate me! I too have a bunch of backgrounds and this idea is just gorgeous! I love how soft the colors are, very delicate, just like a snowflake. These are beautiful, Loll!

Susan said...

Love both versions - wonderful muted colours in the first, and great use of the glass bead gel in the second.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

This is so gorgeous Loll! I don't have any luck with the glass bead gel, but you do fabulous things with it! Have a great day! Hazel xx

sandie said...

These are stunners Loll, so subtle but with so much gorgeous detail x

Maxine D said...

Stunning cards Loll - they must be awesome IRL!!
Blessings
Maxine

Linda said...

Beautiful cards ..... love the backgrounds and how pretty is that snowflake. Looks stunning with the glass bead gel, it gi es a nice frosty look.
Have a lovely Christmas xx

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous! I don't know how you do it, but you do, Loll. You come up with amazing cards with stunning backgrounds time and time again. I love the idea of using a Silhouette cut to make the stencil, too. Thank you so much for sharing! Wow!

TK said...

Gorgeous! That bead gel is intriguing! Love the color

Vicki Dutcher said...

So soft and pretty

Bonnie said...

Love those backgrounds and that pretty snowflake! The glass bead gel photographs like chunky glitter! I'll bet both are even shinier in real life!

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful backgrounds Loll - wonderful glittery shimmer! I've never heard of glass bead gel - it looks lovely on your 2nd card! Julia xx

Diane said...

Great color Loll and love the design.

Best of the holidays.

Diane

Susanne Vargas said...

I really love both versions! Such a wonderful layout!

JosieD said...

Such interesting looking cards....a dramatic snow flake against a gentle blue sky....peaceful. Varying the look with the glass bead gel is such a good idea.

Stamps and Paper said...

I like both versions of your card Loll....a Happy Christmas to you and your family

Anne

Barb Ghig said...

2 really gorgeous cards, Loll! I'll bet they're stunning in person, especially the 2nd one with the added sparkle! Love your Inka Gold background, too...it always adds so much interest to a design!

Anita in France said...

So gorgeous, Loll ... both of them! Dreamy background and beautiful snowflake ... I'm rather partial to the glass bead gel one especially! Hugs, Anita :)