Snowflake Card – changing things up

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The Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Die Thinlet makes a beautiful card, and you can use it just as it cuts, but I wanted to share how you can manipulate the die to make two easy additions.

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Flip Flap – I prefer a private area to write a note (because I have horrible hand writing, and it ruins the nice design of the card), so on our flip cards, I extend the card design to achieve a flap that covers the inside sentiment and my personal note.

P1020071To do this, cut cardstock 5 7/16″ X 8 1/2″.  Then slip the edge of the cardstock through the outside edge of the die, as shown above. Run the die through the Big Shot just like you always do.  You will end up with a slight crease where you should fold the card over and it fits right under the “flip” element.

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This is how it looks with the extra piece folded up, with the “flip” open.

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This is how it looks completely open.  I used the sentiment from Christmas Bliss.

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To get a contrasting snowflake, cut a piece of coordinating cardstock about 3 1/2″ square and place it under the snowflake portion of the die.  I chose Soft Sky to complement the Lost Lagoon card.  Once you run it through the Big Shot, snip off the extra pieces that block some of your view of the edges, but be careful not to cut off the pieces that are not yet defined.

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Make sure your die is face up for easier placement and turn your die cut piece 1/4″ turn and put back onto the die.  Run it through the Big Shot and you will have a snowflake piece to add to your card.

Bling Bling – I’m making up for Wednesday with extra bling on this card.  I stamped both snowflakes with the coordinating Letterpress stamp set in Encore Silver Metalic ink.  On the front snowflake, I used Iridescant Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so I would have a glittery but flatter image, because I wanted to add Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  On the back, I set the ink with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so I’d have a lovely image to stand on it’s own.  I didn’t want Rhinestones inside, because they would put dents in the opposing side of the card.

No Fuss Design – I used  one of the smallest rolls from the All Is Calm Washi tape and pressed it to each side of the card, then trimmed the ends with Paper Snips.  Stampin’ Up!’s snips are great for getting a close cut and are easy to maneuver because of their precision size.  This added a touch of designer paper feel, without any work.

Keep it Simple – I didn’t want the whole card embossed, but I like the silver ink contrasting against the Lost Lagoon cardstock, so I heat set the the stamped images I didn’t want to emboss using the Heat Tool.  You can also just wait for the designs to dry, but in a humid climate like Georgia, that could be awhile.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration to change up your own dies.  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

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