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Faux Snow Globe Christmas Card for the Adventurer

Faux Snow Globe Christmas Card
for the Adventurer

By: Bea Rosenleaf, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size:  6.5" x 5"

Supplies:
Stamps:
I Believe in Santa Claus (Inka Stamps)
Holly Leaves (Stampin' Up!)
Papers:
Burgundy and Blue Cardstock (Bazzill)
Dawning Damask (Imaginisce)
Glossy White Cardstock (The Angel Co.)
Inks:
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Other:
Cranberry, Meadow, Stonewashed & Denim Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Silver Metallic Alcohol Ink (Ranger)
Blender Solution (Ranger)
Alcohol Ink Tool (Ranger) (or one made from an acrylic block with the sticky side of velcro attached to the block and a piece of white felt)
Black Detail Fine Embossing Powder (Personal Stamp Exchange)
Blue Embossing Foil powder (Ranger)
Crystal Lacquer (Sakura)
Ultra Fine Clear Glitter (Art Institute)
.25" Hole Punch (unknown)
Small Scissors
Adhesive of Choice
Heat Embossing Tool
Craft Sheet (Ranger)
Small Paint Brush
Larger, stiffer-bristle paint brush
Paper Towel, or Baby Wipe
Foam Tape (3-M)
3-D Pop Dots (Zots)

Directions:

  1. Cut Glossy White cardstock into 4 pieces (4.25" x 5.5"). Set aside 3 pieces for another project. Set one piece on the craft sheet. Place several drops of Stonewashed alcohol ink onto the applicator. Sparingly drop a few drops of Denim alcohol ink onto the applicator. Drop several drops of the Metallic Silver alcohol inks over the applicator.  Pounce this on the piece of glossy cardstock covering the paper entirely with the alcohol inks. To lighten areas, drop Blending Solution onto the applicator and dab on the cardstock. Let dry - it won't take long.
  2. Ink the Believe in Santa Claus stamp with the Versamark and stamp on the piece of cardstock just prepared with the alcohol inks. Sprinkle with Black embossing powder and heat to melt.
  3. Color the berries, bow and highlights on girl's dress with the Cranberry alcohol ink and paint brush. Clean the brush on a towel or baby wipe. (A little Blending Solution can be put into a cup to clean the brush, also.) Color the holly leaves with Meadow alcohol Ink. Clean brush with a towel or baby wipe, then wash with a little dishwashing liquid, making sure all the ink is cleaned out of the brush.
  4. Apply the first coat of Crystal Lacquer inside the circle, covering the girl. (Don't make this first coat too thick.) I squeezed a pool of Lacquer into the middle of the circle and then distributed it around the circle with a brush. (Make sure you wash the brush out with soap and water between each use.)  Sprinkle a light coating of the Clear Glitter around the circle. If there are air bubbles in the lacquer, leave them - they help give the appearance of water.  Let this dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.
  5. Repeat the previous step when the first coat is completely dry. Set aside, and let dry, again.
  6. For the last coat of Crystal Lacquer, you will want to make this one quite a bit thicker. Squeeze a large pool in the middle, and around the perimeter of the circle. Bring together with the paint brush. Any bubbles in this coat you will want to break (use a toothpick or a pin).  Do not over-work the Lacquer.  Sprinkle a fairly thick coating of Clear Glitter around the bottom of the circle to give the appearance of snow in a snow globe.  Set this aside to dry for about 24 hours.
  7. When the Crystal Lacquer is dry, cut the image out. Don't throw away the scrap piece yet!
  8. Cut Burgundy cardstock to 6.5" x 5". Cut Dawning Damask piece of paper to measure 6" x 4.5".
  9. Cut a Blue strip to measure 1.75" x 6.5", and a Burgundy strip to measure 1.25" x 6.5". Layer these together with the Blue on the bottom.
  10. Attach the Damask piece of paper to the Burgundy piece. Attach the layered strip down the middle of the card.
  11. Cut strips of the foam tape to fit the back of the ‘snow globe.'(This tape is about .125" thick and will give a 3-D look.) Attach the tape to the back of the ‘snow globe' and attach to the card front.
  12. Stamp 3 Holly Leaves on a scrap piece of the Blue cardstock with the Versamark Ink. Sprinkle with Blue Foil embossing powder and heat with heat tool until melted.  Cut out the three leaves. Place two 3-D pop dots to the back of one Holly leaf. Attach the two Holly leaves with adhesive and place the third leaf on top to create a swag look.
  13. Punch 6 circles out of the scrap piece of alcohol inks cardstock. Attach 3 to the top left-hand corner and 3 to the bottom right-hand corner of the card front.
  14. Sign your work and enjoy the light capturing the ‘snow' in your faux snow globe!

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1 Responses »

  1. it really does look like a snow globe\
    What a great idea!!!!