• Bonnie Crane

Spinner Christmas Cards featuring Simon Says Stamp's All Snowflake Background

I have never made a spinner card ... I know! When you are learning something new, practice makes perfect ... so I made three! It was a good excuse to use a couple of the sweet images from an older stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, Snow Much, and a Twirling Ice Skater die included in a card kit a while back ... which I have never used!!! This discovery (and a few others!) has sparked my mission to use what I have ... more than once. My 'collecting days' are coming to an end!

The Backgrounds

I began these cards by stamping the All Snowflake Background on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lb card stock . They were stamped on over-sized panels to be later trimmed down ... just in case there were any stamping imperfections! Two of the backgrounds were stamped with Simon Says Stamp's Dye Inks; Soft Navy and Teal. The third card was inked with Distress Oxide Inks; Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet.

The Elements

The snowman and penguin images from Simon Says Stamp's Snow Much were stamped with Simon Says Stamp's Intense Black Ink. Because a front and back were needed for each, the penguin was traced after (s)he was fussy cut and the snowman was stamped again masking off the face, mittens and tail ends of the scarf. A line was broken in the scarf and a waterproof, fine black pen was used to remedy that. These images were fussy cut. The Twirling Ice Skater die was cut twice. The back of the penguin was coloured with a black Sharpie marker. All the rest of the images were coloured simply with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers. The skater's dress was stencilled with Cosmic Shimmer Gilded Avocado Opal blaze Polish. Puffy embossing powder was used to accent some trim on both the skater and snowman.


The Spinners

The snowflake backgrounds were cut with the largest die in My Favorite Things' Stitched Rectangles Stax 2. This panel was centred on an opened A2 card base and an oval die from Hero Arts' Infinity Ovals was used to cut the window. The first run through the die cutting machine resulted in a window on the snowflake panel but only an impression on the card base. The impression was used to position the oval die again for cutting. The window in the snowflake panel will be perfectly aligned to the opening in the card base. The oval cut out was adhered through the window on the inside of the card.

The back and front of each element was laid face down. A strip of Sookwang double-sided tape was placed down the centre of one of the sides and a length of clear, nylon thread was placed on the adhesive. The two sides were glued together sandwiching the thread. The element was centred in the middle of the oval window and the threads secured with Sookwang at the top and bottom of the card. The snowflake panel was adhered to the card base.

The Sentiments

Simon Says Stamp's wafer die sentiments, Hope, Joy and Merry Christmas, were die cut from both white card stock and sheet foam. The die cuts were not 'popped' out and the same glaze used for the skater's skirt was applied to the card stock sentiments. When dry, the sentiment was released. The centre cuts of the letters on the foam were removed and the sentiment dotted with glue. The card stock sentiment was aligned with the foam sentiment using the die cut opening in the foam as points of registration. The rest of foam was released revealing the aligned, stacked sentiment. Great for fine sentiment die cuts that are difficult to stack! The sentiments were adhered to the cards. Black Nuvo Drops were applied to the spinners' eyes and the snowflakes were embellished with White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.


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