Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Creative Wednesday Back in the U.K.!

Happy Wednesday,

Firstly We are now home so I have been able to have a day playing with the new Sue Wilson Die collection, don't you just love them?!?  Also we had a fabulous time on Holiday as any of you who clicked over to facebook may have seen.  Too much shopping and relaxing was enjoyed and we even managed to get some sunbathing in!

Back to today it's my turn for the CE design Team again, don't the weeks seem to fly, and as it seems whilst we have been away Christmas has arrived everywhere so todays card seems appropriate!

I really hope you can see the effects of the background inking on this one as I loved this technique!

I started by stamping random snowflakes from Phil Martins set starting with the larger snowflakes at the top reducing to smaller as it got to the bottom.  I stamped the snowflakes using perfect medium then embossed them with detail clear embossing powder.  This gave me a resist so that I could rub distress ink from the top of the piece to the bottom.  I used three colours starting with milled lavender I then added broken china starting with lots of ink at the top and letting it fade towards the bottom.  Next I added chipped sapphire again making sure that the most ink deposited at the top.  To even out the shades I dragged a final layer of the milled lavender from the top, this gives the lovely sheen and blends the colours together.  Hopefully you are getting the view of a heavy snow filled sky!

I added a bow and strip of ice blue seam binding down one edge.  Using Sue Wilson's snow die I cut a piece of silver card and spray glued the piece before adding Iced Snow.  Finally I added some dots of Aqua Twinkles.

The whole piece was added to a card base made with the snowflake lattice A4 embossing folder and layers of cobalt blue and vintage silver card.

Click over to the Creative Expressions blog to see what the rest of the team has come up with and to see further reveals of Sue's new Die Release!

Phil Martin Snowflake stamps
Distress Ink in Chipped Saphire, Milled Lavender & Broken China
Cosmic Shimmer Detail Clear embossing Powder
Sue Wilson's Let it Snow Die
Iced Snow 
A4 Snowflake Lattice embossing folder



  1. Hi John,
    I'm thrilled your holiday went well, but it's great to have you back as I Love this Awesome Card and I Love the fabulous Breakdown you share with us so we could try this out for ourselves, John thank you so very much for sharing this
    "Wonderful Card" with us, and the step by step breakdown as mentioned, I'm thrilled as I have the products to try this one out.
    Take Care
    Hugs from Sam x

  2. Hi John. What a beauty. I love the snow filled night sky effect : )
    I am envious of you getting to play with Sue's fantastic new dies, you lucky thing. That must have made being back from holiday much better. Take care.

  3. Welcome back John, glad you had a great time.

    Fabulous card love it all.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  4. this is another one that jumps out at beautiful, and looks so expensive

  5. Hi John, a really fabulous card, love the snowflakes going from big to small. Glad you are back safely. Bx

  6. Fantastic card & glad you had a great holiday.


  7. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card. It is good to have you back and I glad that you enjoyed your holiday. Hugs Jackie

  8. Welcome home John, glad you had a good time. Beautiful card today, love the resist effect! !
    Marion B xx

  9. Hi John
    Good to see you back. Hope you had a great time.
    Lovely card today, the embellishment looks like a piece of sparkling jewellery.
    Janice W

  10. Tremendous Glad you had a great holiday but it's good to have you back

  11. Morning John,
    Pleased to hear you had a good holiday. Love today card, love the use of the snow die.

  12. Hi John,
    Such a beautiful card...don't you just love the 'Let it snow' die.
    So pleased you had a great holiday....must pop over to facebook and see your photos.

    Love Sheila xx

  13. Definitely getting the snow effect and luv the technique - glad you had a good holiday - sounds like you have 'hit the ground running' on your return but at least it is pleasurable stuff xx GailT xx

  14. Good morning John,
    Oh how your sky reminds me off skies i have seen over the years with the depth of colour and the lightening up effect that is so true to life. A beautiful card John that i could stare at for long enough it is so realistic in colour, although my snowflakes that i have seen don't quite come as big as this. Thank you for a stunning card,
    crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil Village)

  15. A really lovely card, and I love the effects of the glittery bits on the snow die. Glad o ave you back.
    X Ros

  16. Hello John, good to have you back, sounds like you had a great time.
    What a beautiful card I love this let it snow die, and love the striking effect you have given to it - iit's beautiful. Brenda

  17. Hi John,
    that's the problem with holidays - one has to come back! But I'm glad you did and posted this lovely card. Very simple to do but so striking.
    HAGD, Rose

  18. Eh up John
    There's you using pretty stamps for your snow filled sky and me, last week using dots of tippex lol!
    Love it matey!
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  19. Wow John, what an absolutely stunning card I just love it !!
    Lynne x

  20. Welcome Back John - hope the jet lag isn't too bad. I bet you are loving all of Sue's dies, especially if you get your hands on all of them. So inspirational.

  21. fab card ,love the layered inking process ,Laura O

  22. Hi John,
    what a very beautiful card.
    Love it.
    The wonderful inked background looks great, and the snowflake stamping is ace.
    Great designing as usual.
    Must have a look at that embossing folder, as I need more Christmas ones.
    Lucky you getting to create with Sue's new and very fabulous dies.
    Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

  23. Glad you are home safe.

    A very magical card - beautiful, as always.

    Thank you for sharing,

  24. Welcome back John, glad you had a great time you deserve to, back with a bang, love this card the snowflakes look like they are floating on acetate, gorgeous x x x

  25. Hi John
    Stunning card. Ill have a go at this. My stamping skills are a bit sketchy tho. That snow die is my favourite have used it on most of my cards for this year!!

  26. Hi John
    Glad you're back safe and sound and had a good break. What a gorgeous card today. I have these snowflake dies and love them! Lucky you to have Sue's new dies to play with! Look forward to seeing what you will do with them! Best wishes, Anne o

  27. Hi John
    WOW this is a stunning card.
    Hope you had a really good restful holiday and raring to go!!
    Sheila x

  28. Beautiful card John. Glad to have you back.

    Hugs Alice xx