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The snow has not yet fallen here in Manhattan, but I have an inkling that it is on its way. Christmas in the big city is beautiful and I hope that Christmas this year is a frosty one. I was inspired today by two challenges, the Scrappy Saturday Holiday Music Challenge (can you guess what one of my favorite holiday tunes is?) and the Flourishes Winter White Challenge, which I really took to heart. I love monochromatic cards, and I set about trying to make a card that was primarily white, and I tried to use layering and embossing to add depth and interest to my card.
I get a lot of emails asking me about what products I like to use on my cards to achieve certain effects. I thought that every once in a while, I would write about a tool or supply that I use most often. Today's Good Beans Spotlight is on something simple: white cardstock. I use several different brands, but the one I find I use most often is Classic Solar White by Neenah. Last year, when I first started paper-crafting, I asked around and this particular one kept cropping up. It's great for Copic markers, but what I like best is how it is sturdy without bulk, and for a card like this one I made today, it really holds up well (it also comes in a cream color, too!)
SPILLING THE BEANS
- Make card from cardstock.
- Emboss snowflakes on cardstock, trim, and adhere.
- Trim cardstock hills. Punch trees. Adhere with glue and foam tape.
- Punch circles for snowman body, eyes, and nose. Cut hat, scarf, and branch arms from cardstock. Assemble and adhere.
- Print sentiment on cardstock. Trim and adhere.
- Cardstock: Classic Solar White (Neenah)
- Tools: Christmas Tree Ornaments Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts)
- Template: Snowflake Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft)
- Font: Amelie (www.fonts101.com)
- Tools: 1/8" Hole Punch(Fiskars); 1-1/8"-, 7/8"-, and 5/8"-Circle Punches (EK Success)