I love the slow and boring days of January after the Christmas rush! To make them absolutely perfect, there should be soft white snowflakes gently falling from the sky, a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup simmering on the stove, and chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven!! Unfortunately for this “born and bred northern girl,” it doesn’t happen nearly as often as I’d like since moving to the south. BUT….Happily for me, winter storm Helena, is making my world a winter wonderland today! To celebrate, I’m sharing this mitten shaped card I made with the template I shared earlier this week on my blog – Shoregirl’s Creations.
To begin with, I traced and cut out my mitten from Kraft colored cardstock. I stamped a text background stamp (Distressing – Glitz Design) over the center of the card with my Versamark Watermak ink pad and lightly brushed over it with brown chalk to make the text stand out a bit better.
Next I adhered strips of pattern paper from my scrap bin with my ATG gun and added ric rac and self-adhesive pearls for some extra “pop.” A tiny strip of paper lace, punched with a Martha Stewart eyelet lace border punch, is tucked under the top layer and a double strip of Antique Gold Twine is tied in a bow across the top.
Clipped to the bow (with a natural colored mini clothespin) is a mini ticket from the Inkadinkado set Paperworks Greetings, and a tiny doily from the Waterlily Set, Madeline Ornamental Lace Dies. Two little sentiments are stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a tiny red button adorns the ticket for an extra pop of color.
…when punching all those tiny pieces out of your fussy cut die cuts, leave your paper in the die and punch from the back through the die. This keeps your paper from tearing when one sticks and makes a nice clean shape.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this bit of winter inspiration today. Be sure to make some extra time for crafting this week-end, and then stop by and link your project to the CURRENT CHALLENGE for a chance to win a fabulous prize from the CropStop store!