Of all the pretty papers in Stampin' Up!'s Candy Cane Christmas paper pack, these trees in the background of the card above were my favorite. No big surprise. I love leaves and trees and these in lovely Baja are just extra special. Yet how to use the paper on a card and still show of the pattern was a problem for me. When browsing galleries over the last couple of weeks, I saw a card that had a snowflake in one corner and some other embellishments on top of the snowflake (unfortunately I can't remember where I saw this - I promise I'm going to get better at noting my random browsing). I don't remember the background of the card at all yet I knew that layered snowflake idea was perfect for this wintery tree paper.
To make the most of the designer paper background, I
- kept all the other elements stacked in one corner.
- used a semi-opaque organza ribbon.
- cut the snowflake on the Cricut using a built-in image in SCAL, accented with diamond stickles (an idea from Kwernerdesign.com)
- edged the designer paper with a light coat of white paint for emphasis and softening.
White paint worked better than white craft ink in this case. The craft ink just wasn't showing up.
This card is perfect for today here in the NC foothills as we are having some snowy trees of our own. It is supposed to be mostly flurries with maybe an inch of snow this afternoon. Yet this morning, it is already snowing pretty hard. A good day to stay home and catch up. I've started a new on-line class on blogging and scrapbooking and am very excited about the projects. More later...
Ingredients: DSP: Candy Cane Christmas
Cardstock: Baja Breeze
Paint: White by Anita's
Diamond Stickles and Glossy Accents by Ranger
Organza ribbon from Hobby Lobby