Puffy, Shiny Snow
This feels really odd today to be writing about snow. Here in southern Minnesota, we have a 97 degree day, which is completely unseasonably warm. The air conditioner went on again, and when we step outside it is just plain steamy. So weird. But that being said, playing with a way to make snow on my cards helps keep my mind off the heat (which, BTW, is gone tomorrow, with a high of 67 degrees).
So here we go - let's make some puffy, shiny snow, using a technique I call Faux Snow.
A number of years ago (it's really impossible to remember exactly when without going deep into the archives), I started an in-person series of techniques classes. Each attendee would make a technique card like the Faux Snow one you see here.
This Faux Snow technique isn't too difficult. If you've got the Fine Tip Glue Pen, white embossing powder, and a heat tool, you can create snow on any image you'd like! Here are the technique's instructions, as stated on the technique card pictured above.
Stamp an outdoor image. Dab small amounts of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen onto your image in the places you'd like it to have snow. Sprinkle the glue with white embossing powder, and heat.
Ready to play, I created three super simple cards using this technique. The technique isn't the only thing these three cards have in common. They are also all made with our Basic White Notecards & Envelopes. I LOVE these because they're cut and ready to go, plus they're slightly smaller than a standard sized card at 3 1/2" x 5."
Card #1: All Bundled Up
I fell in love with this stamp set the second I saw it in the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog. For this card, I stamped the bunny in Night of Navy ink and colored it using Smoky Slate, Petal Pink, Soft Suede, and Pool Party Stampin' Blends. When adding it to the notecard layered with a piece of 3 3/8" x 4 7/8" Storybook Gnomes Designer Series Paper, it was just as perfect as can be. But do you see where I used the Faux Snow technique? Look closely at the bunny. That's right! I didn't use the technique on snow this time. Instead I used it on his tail! How totally adorable is that? I really like the inside of the card, as well. I didn't want to ruin the front of the card with a sentiment, so I added it inside.
Card #2: Storybook Gnomes Designer Series Paper
For this one, I covered the front of the notecard with a piece of 3 1/2" x 5" Designer Series Paper (DSP) and cut the gnome out of the DSP, too! Do you spot the Faux Snow? It's on the gnome and the animals' backs and heads. A quick little sentiment from the Christmas to Remember stamp set on a Stitched Rectangle Die finishes it off nicely.
Card #3: Trees for Sale
I stamped the trees in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen ink, then the sentiment with Evergreen ink, as well. Using my blending brush, I added Pool Party ink to the sky, then the tops of the snow hills I had torn. The hill piece was cut 1 1/2" x 5". When torn, the skinnier top piece was flipped and added behind the taller piece to create the illusion of multiple hills. The cute snowflakes were stamped in Pool Party ink, too, but the finishing touch is that Faux Snow - this time on the trees. Puffy, shiny, fantastic!
You can shop all the products used on these three cards by clicking the products in the photos below.
Enjoy this technique as you create your upcoming holiday and winter projects! Happy stamping, my friends!