Hello and welcome back to more new products by CAS-ual Fridays! We are in the midst of introducing the new release and today is all about the “Lovely Snowflake” stamp set and the “Noel Fri-Dies” die set.
I’m going to start out with the stamp set, and despite the fact that it’s named after the beautiful big snowflake, I decided to focus on the big and bold sentiments.
As you can see, these beautiful sentiment stamps are just perfect if you want to draw attention to the sentiment or make it the star of your cards. I used it with the Bubble Box die set, which is perfect to create window cards (with the smaller dies).
And since I couldn’t decide on which color to use for the background, and I had three sentiments, I decided to create three cards. It’s really easy and fast; in total this took me about 30 minutes, tops. I used Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, and Evergreen Bough on the blue card; Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, and Fired Brick on the red card; and Mowed Lawn, Pine Needle, and Forest Moss on the green card.
It seems that my blue ink pads are a bit dry, which is why it took forever to blend that one with mini ink blending tools. Notice also how I cleaned my work surface between each color family to avoid transferring the wrong color onto the next piece. Details like these seem trivial, but can save you a lot of heartache. The faux snow was added via white pigment ink and a stencil by Simon Says Stamp. I didn’t want to use embossing paste because I knew I would heat emboss the sentiment on top of my background.
For the heat embossing, I prepped my dried background with my embossing bag and then used gold embossing powder by Zing! and silver by Ranger, going with the traditional combos of green-gold, red-gold, and blue-silver. It took a lot, but I forced myself to not embellish the cards further but to stop there and just leave them as they were. They are really clean and simple, and I feel that makes the colorful accent in the center shine even more.
I know the new stamp set is named after a snowflake, so I couldn’t help creating another card that features the new snowflake. I used the ink smooshing technique where I picked distress ink up with a piece of acetate and touched the acetate to my card stock, giving me a lot of control over where the color goes.
I used the Bubble Box die to create a front panel, which makes the card a little narrower than normal. I stamped the snowflake with Versamark, heat embossed it with WOW embossing powder and then added more ink on top. The shimmer of the embossing powder is brilliant in real life!
I used the same distress and stencil technique on the card base as I did on the card set above. I also added a few dots around the front panel for additional contrast. And I am just absolutely in LOVE with the gorgeous sentiment which I stamped with Versamark Ink. The rich black color makes the words look incredibly crisp!
Thanks for stopping by again today! If you want to see the full stamp set and more samples, head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog today!