Friday, March 5, 2021


Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I've been working on that Christmas stash again.

I used a NBUS snowflake stamp from Hero Arts.

It's a big stamp!

I stamped it on a card front size of Neenah and heat embossed it with silver powder.

I need lots of practice on ink blending backgrounds, so I pulled out a blending brush
and went to work.

When I was finished with the blending, I cut it into two pieces.  One was a little bigger 
to center one of the biggest snowflakes.  I matted the smaller piece on some silver foil,
and used a die to emboss a frame for the larger.  Sorry, the camera didn't seem to pick
up that embossing.

There was shine, but I wanted sparkle, so I die cut some snowflakes from
silver Glimmer paper.

How's that for sparkle and shine?

I used some shiny stickers in the centers.  They're nice and flat so
the cards will be easy to mail.

Krafty Chicks - Stamp Act (Must have stamping)
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints (HA), Christmas Sentiments (PB), Scripty Holidays (GKD)
Ink:   Encore Silver, Speckled Egg, Blueprint Sketch (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Sliver Glimmer, Silver Foil (SU)
Other:  Silver EP,  Various Snowflake Dies, Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Blending Brush, Stickers (Stampendous)


Ros Crawford said...

Bonnie this is so gorgeous!! I adore the blue especially with the sparkle...

Mac Mable said...

Gorgeous blue and silver colour combination and the extra glimmer paper and the die cuts look so pretty. Beautiful cards Bonnie, both of them x.

Vicky Hayes said...

The ink blending is perfect and what a great idea to do a large blend and then split it. I love all this shimmer, shine and sparkle (as well as the glitz, glitter and gleam! Vicky x

Bunny said...

Lovely and of course blue and white or silver is my favorite.

It's funny I purchased a big stamp from Hero Arts yesterday that was called Christmas swirl and couldn't remember if it was this one or not. I had to go look. It's not, but I'll be making some of the same type cards with it. [Bunny]

Marcia Hill said...

Two beauties Bonnie and boy do they sparkle!! And your backgrounds are beautifully blended!! Lovely, lovely cards my friend and YAY to you for working on that Christmas stash!! Hope you have a great weekend!! Hugs. :0)

Brenda in IN said...

The blending looks just great! You have to have sparkle for snowflakes and these are beautiful and shiny. Cool that you got two cards from your blend.

MortiCraft said...

Both lovely cards. I really like how you have lined the die cut snowflakes up with the heat embossed ones. Thanks for playing along with Christmas Craft Creations. X

Pat said...

Very pretty metallic and glittery snowflakes which look beautiful against the bright blue background and love the silver embossed sentiment on a strip across the card Bonnie. x

HilaryJane said...

Gorgeous shine and perfect ink blending xx

Loll said...

Two beautiful cards that shine and shimmer with silver and glitter. Gorgeous, my friend! xx

Heather said...

I'm so happy to see your cards inspiring me to build my Christmas stash. I love a blue and silver combo and yours beautifully sparkly.

BożenA said...

Oh, cards in my favorite winter colors! Blue, white and silver are the coolest set for winter. I love the silver embossing for snowflakes and the glitter snowflakes. They look stunning against your blue background !!

I Card Everyone said...

Really very lovely, Bonnie... though I will admit that I'd hoped I wouldn't see another snowflake this year! lol Yours are much more beautiful!

Sandy said...

You painted that background? That would have made me a nervous wreck.
I thought snow flakes were stamped on blue paper. I need to practice everything! The glittery snowflakes on the top of the card really sets your card off and I love the sparkle inside the card.
I don't know what it is like in Cary, but here on Amelia Island it is cold and grey.
- well I meant to say, I love the sparkle on the die cut snowflakes and the jewel in the center. It is the one thing I miss since we left North Carolina - snow!
Sandy xx

TK said...

Beautiful sparkle! wonderful card for the stash, Bonnie

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, yes, the sparkle and shine are fabulous and you have two more gorgeous cards for your Christmas card stash!

Trina P. said...

These are beautiful. I’m a fan of this colour combo. The sparkle is gorgeous and takes them to the next level.

JD/ Jill said...

Pretty Christmas cards!

kiwimeskreations said...

Love blue and silver together Bonnie, and these are exquisite - love them both
Stay safe

Brenda said...

Gorgeous cards Bonnie! From the looks of your cards, that had to be a big stamp. lol I love it though and love how your cards came out. The sparkle and shine is just beautiful. Hugs, Brenda

Susan said...

Blue, silver, and white - one of my favourite colour combinations for Christmas cards! Love those sparkly snowflakes. Great work on the ink blending and how nice to end up with two background. Both layouts are fabulous.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Both cards are fabulous with lots of sparkle and shine, Bonnie! You cut the heat-embossed and then blue ink blended piece into the perfect pieces. The focus snowflakes are in the well-balanced positions!
Hideko xx

Lori Turner said...

Wonderful card, Bonnie! Thank you so much for joining us at Krafty Chicks Challenge for our Stamp Act week xoxoxo

Michelle B. said...

Fabulous cards! The silver embossing is so beautiful and looks even more amazing with the blue! So glad you joined us for our Blue & Silver Challenge at CCC!

Jo said...

Cool tones for the snowflake countries, perfect for Christmas cards...such a beautiful blue too!

Jo said...

Thirteen, wow that's a special birthday because it has the word TEEN in it, like suddenly being a grow-up. A very special card for a very special birthday! xx

Bobby said...

Blue and silver are always a beautiful combination, Bonnie, and your bright blue inking is fabulous. Love all the glitter and shine.