I want to show you a snowflake die cut trick to create some fancy 3D Snowflakes that will pop on your winter theme cards. This is a very easy die cutting hack for card making that I’m sure you already know about, or will absolutely love! Either way, this die cutting technique will add a beautiful touch to your holiday cards.
Snowflake Die Cut Trick
Can you believe it’s the Season Finale of Christmas In July?! It makes me sad but excited at the same time. I have many more series in store for upcoming holidays so be sure to watch for what’s coming up. Many of the products I used today will be available in the New Stampin’ Up! August – December 2020 Mini Catalog. Download it for free on August 4th, 2020. Or Request a Catalog from me (Canadian Residents)
Today’s card was so easy and fun to make. You could make many of these in no time. You can watch the video tutorial I created for you (It’s a fun video I promise!) or you can scroll down for the instructions.
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Gnome for the Holidays
- Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White Cardstock to 8-1/2″ X 5-1/2″. Then score landscape style at the 4-1/4 mark. Fold in half and burnish with a Bone Folder
- Now cut a card front and an insert from Whisper White Cardstock to 5-3/8″ X 4-1/8″
- Grab a scrap piece of Highland Heather Cardstock. The minimum size of approx 3-1/2 X 1″
- Cut 2 pieces of Snowflake Spendor Designer Series Paper (DSP) to 4-1/8 X (See below) Use patterns you like. You can see which ones I used in the video above.
Coloring the Gnome
- Stamp the Gnome of your choice from the Gnome For The Holidays Stamp Set with Memento Black Ink on a piece of scrap Whisper White Cardstock.
- Color the Gnome with Stampin’ Blends.
- Colors I used:
- Hat: Dark Purple Posy & Dark Highland Heather.
- Boots, Arms & Bell: Dark Pool Party & Light Bermuda bay
- Beard: Light Gray Granite, Light Smoky Slate & Dark Smoky Slate
- Skin: Light & Dark Petal Pink
- Then “Fussy Cut” the Gnome out with Paper Snips. Leaving an even amount of white space around the image.
Die Cutting & Snowflake Die Cut Trick
- To create the ‘snowbanks’ I used the die from the Freezin’ Friends Dies. Placing my precut DSP near the top I die cut the first hill. I was left with a very long hill as my DSP was 12″ long. Moving the die down below the first die cut hill about 1-3/4″ I then die cut the second hill. This left me with a 1-3/4 inch thick hill, and another hill that was still very long. I trimmed it later to match my card front.
- Now for your Snowflake Die Cut Trick, place 3 snowflakes (2 medium and 1 small) from the So Many Snowflakes Dies on your card front. I placed them so that the snowflake on the right was about 3-1/2″ from the top. The other 2 I arranged in a way that looked pleasing.
- Place a piece of Purple Tape on each snowflake so they do not move while running them through your die cutting machine. Once they are cut remove them from the card front. Clean up the little pieces that need to be removed and set aside.
Cutting the Designer Series Paper
- When it comes to cutting your DSP it’s really just gauging how you die cut your snowflakes. I placed the 5-3/8″ X 12″ piece of DSP behind my card front and moved it around until part of the DSP appeared that I liked. Then I trimmed the DSP to size. Now glue it to the back of the card front. TIP: Place a little glue on the parts of the die cut out snowflakes that will touch the snowflakes you set aside earlier. This was they will lay flat on the card and only your snowflake will be 3D on the card front.
- Place the hills you cut from the other DSP and mark where the bottom hill will end. It should reach the bottom of your card front. My hills ended up being about 1-3/4″ on the left side of the top hill and 1-3/4″ on the right side of the bottom hill. That’s the best way I can explain it.
- Now glue the hills to your card front. Then glue the snowflakes back into the spaces they came from. Be sure to only put glue in the very centers of the snowflakes as you will curl all the edges up when it’s dry. To curl the edges, use the Take Your Pick. The pointy end is good to get the pieces started, then flip the pointy end over to the flat scraper end and gently curl the snowflakes to reveal the DSP underneath. Wow! So pretty!
- NOTE: Before gluing all your pieces down to your card front you can choose to splatter and spray the pieces. I sprayed the pieces with my Stampin’ Up! Spray Mixture. Then I splattered the pieces with my Gauche Mixture. TIP: If you spray BOTH sides of your paper it will not curl when it dries.
Stamping the Sentiments & Final Touches
- Mask of the bottom part of the sentiment with Post-It Tape or the mask of your choice. So when you apply Versamark Ink only the top part of the sentiment will be sticky. Remove the mask and stamp as usual.
- Heat emboss the top part of the “There’s no place like GNOME for the Christmas Season” with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder
- If you spray both sides of the sentiment with the Stampin’ Up! Spray Mixture I mentioned above. It will make all the embossing powder disappear. Or you can rub the powder off with a cloth shammy once it’s dry.
- Stamp the bottom half of the sentiment you used for the card front the same way you did earlier on the card insert. Except for this time you can use Memento Black ink.
- Choose 2 smaller sized snowflake stamps from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set. Ink them both with Pool Party Ink then with a Sponge Dauber, dab a little Highland Heather Ink around the edges. Then stamp the snowflakes on either corner of the sentiment. Glue the insert to the inside of your card.
- Trim the sentiment for the front of your card and glue it in place. Then place the Gnome so it is positioned on top of the sentiment. I used Dimensionals (Mini and Regular sizes) behind the Gnome.
- Finally, add some Blue Adhesive Backed Gems to the centers of the snowflakes. I chose the small ones.
- Then add a few gems around the sentiment strip.
- Voila! You’re done! If you are part of the My Inkie Fingers Facebook Group feel free to share your card. I would love to see it! 💗
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