Hi everyone! I hope you all had a happy holiday despite all the challenges! This post is somewhat bittersweet, as it is the last installment in the Collected Crafty Collabs hop. If you are familiar with our hop, you have just come from Virginia. If you are new to the hop, this is organized by my crafty squirrel sisters, Karen @misplacedmojo, Virginia @passionsanddistractions and Marie @anothercardmaker and I to uplift and support fellow makers and encourage the use of our supplies that we hardly ever use or we squirrelled away!
This month’s theme is Snowpeople with Sparkle & Shine! Though I live in a tropical country and we do not have snow – I still love the idea of snowmen or snowpeople. For my inspiration, I am using the beautiful stamp set from WPlus9. This was released last year, but I was not able to use it as it came late in January. I am so glad for this hop as I get to finally use it after a year gathering dust!
I used a gelli printing technique for the backgrounds of my cards using Distress Oxide Inks and stencils. Here are all the backgrounds I created in one gelli printing session. Jennifer Mcguire has a wonderful video all about this which I will link here.
For the background of my card, I picked one of the plainer backgrounds. I took a Picket Fence Polka Dot Stencil (a stencil I purchased from a destash years ago!) and used a small palette knife and some Brutus Monroe Fallen Snow Glitter Glaze to add sparkly snow background.
While waiting for the panel to dry, I stamped out the snowpeople, bird and trees, all from the WPLUS9 Most Wonderful stamp set. I used Altenew Crisp Dry Inks as they layer beautifully. If you are interested in the ink combinations, I will list them below.
The background oval die is from The Greetery called the Halfsies Oval dies. I adhered the oval die on top of my gelli printed panel but not before stamping the sentiment “Peace & Love for a Joyful Season” with Obsidian Ink on the upper left hand side. I tucked in the trees under the oval opening then adhered the snowpeople on the right hand side, the one in front with foam tape.
I stamped out several snowpeople so I had another set to create another card. This time, I stenciled with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide first with the same Polkadot stencil before applying more sparkle using the same glitter glaze. I tried my best to capture the sparkle with my camera.
I want to take this opportunity to thank my crafty collaborators, my sweet squirrel sisters who were an absolute joy to collab with!! Thank you, too, to our fellow hop participants, without them, this hop would not be possible. Each with their unique talents, they brought so much inspiration! With that said, check out the next creator in this hop, the wonderfully talented Boryana Yankova.
In case you get lost along the way, you can come back here for the full hop line up!
Anna Mahtani (that’s me!)
Thank you for dropping by!
‘Til next time
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