Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Winters child snowflakes...

Happy Wednesday,

I'm rushing to the airport today to pick up the wonderful Wendy as she's flying in from Spain to help out at the Crafting at Ally Pally show this weekend.  Therefore its a quick card today just some simple stamping and a quite interesting background technique.

I stated by making the background by adding the snow flurry mask to a piece of white foundation card.  I then spread polar white cosmic shimmer sparkle texture paste through this and let it dry ( about 2 hours to be sure).  Next I shaded around the piece using clear day colour cloud blending ink.  I shaded darker around the outside then lightened it as I got to the centre.  The sparkle texture paste resists the colour cloud blending ink and so shines in white!

Next I tend some bakers twine across the left hand side and added the stamped panel.  I cut an oval using the Geneva die set and stamped the stars ( from my Birthday seasons clear stamp set) in clear day colour cloud around the edges.  Next I stamped the poem from the same set in the centre.  I then over-stamped the stars and poem using Cobalt archival ink to give a shaded look.

Finally a few layers of coconut white and cobalt foundation card, a messy bow and a crystal charm from Craft Consortium in the centre and a couple of aqua stick pins.



  1. Morning John, today's card is beautiful xx drive carefully xx

  2. Lovely card. I must try the technique you've used with the mask.

  3. Hi john
    what a stunning card love the colours and the dies and stamps thanks tracyw x

  4. Morning John, a gorgeous card love the clear day colour of the colour cloud very subtle.
    Nancyd xx

  5. Hi John, a beautiful card, love the colour of the background. Hope you have a good visit with Wendy. Bx

  6. Hi John and crafters all,
    Lovely card today, Christmassy but not OTT.
    The colour cloud is so versatile being able to add light and shade.
    Drive carefully to the airport to pick up Wendy!!
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxxx

  7. Morning John
    A lovely card I will definitely be trying out the background as it looks fab.
    I'm looking forward to seeing you at ally pally xx

  8. Hi John
    Can't get down to Ally Pally so enjoy yourself! Lovely card. Love the colours.
    Anne M xxx

  9. I've been in Europe for the past couple of weeks so have only just caught up with your blog as the wifi has been very hit and miss. What a fabulous collection of cards, flowers, etc. Thanks John.
    D x

  10. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card. I hope that you have a great day today. Give my love to Wendy when I see you. I am looking forward to Sunday. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  11. Good morning John, gorgeous card and just love the colour of the clear day colour cloud. Marion S x

  12. Beautiful card John. Oh how I wish I was going to ally Pally, have fun. Love Rosemarie X

  13. Morning John,
    Wow a gorgeous card today, I love the colours too.
    I did a double take when you said Wendy was helping you at Ally Pally, I thought she is getting married this weekend. Wrong Wendy lol.
    This morning I've just finished off a quilt I have been making for a while, now some bags to make plus 3 more quilts before Christmas. Mmmm will have to fit Christmas card making in between.
    Enjoy your day

  14. Lovey card today and a beautiful background. Must try the resist technique!

    Maggie B xx

  15. Brilliant card, love the snowflakes on the background.


  16. Like the way you have created the background here, John. Will have to give that a go.

    Anne (Northampton)

  17. Gorgeous card John. Have fun with sis. Wish I was going to Ally Pally too, but I just know I would spend too much. Love Gill. Xx

  18. Morning John,
    Lovely card, but I would prefer it without the bow.

  19. Morning John a very pretty card, love the colour combination. Have a great time at Ally Pally.

  20. Beautiful card John. Have a great time with Wendy at Ally Pally.
    Love Valxxx

  21. John Love today's colour way,a very pretty card.

  22. Lovely card, John. And very effective.
    Hugs, Rose

  23. Stunning card love it !!!love June Horrocks xxxx

  24. Really pretty card john x love the background its beautiful x
    Theresa w x

  25. Hi John. I love the background on this card. It's one that I will have to try out for my Christmas cards this year.


  26. Hi John,
    Stunning card and being a winter's child I love it, I really like the way that you have stamped over the stars and poem in a second colour.
    Thanks for all the great inspiration,

  27. Such a pretty card and love the way you did the background (must have a go at that). I also love the clever way you overstamped the verse to give a shadowed effect. A bit beyond my skills but its definitely something I will have a go at as it gives added dimension to these lovely words.

    aka stitchingranny

  28. Good Morning John, that is just gorgeous card and I love how youve built up the colouring around the edge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  29. Pretty card, love the snowflake background


  30. Hi John
    Been without internet, so pleased it's working again and I can get back on the blogs and see what you've been doing.
    A lovely card.
    B xx

  31. Hi John,
    what a very super card, and I love the wonderful colour choices, and the ink blending is super.
    The snowflakes look almost real, and very lovely and perfect.
    Enjoy Wendy's company for the next few days.
    I do hope she had a comfortable journey.
    Lots of Crafty Regards. Jenny L.

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  33. Beautiful card today John. I an a Winter child so especially like it. Thank you for sharing.

  34. Hi John, a lovely card and I like the colours and the words for winter child are beautiful. Take care of Wendy ! :)
    Maria x

  35. Hi John, A very pretty card.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  36. Very pretty card Love it all Say hello to Wndy and hopefully I'll see you both on Sunday

  37. John i absolutely love this card, i love the snowflake background and your beautiful verse stamp is superb.
    I love the words on it.

  38. Eh up John
    Beautiful subtle and elegant card.
    You know I wish I was joining you and Wendywoo but hopefully next time.
    You may wish to get rid of the Malaysian advert above for a herbal remedy for something unpleasant lol!
    Ang x