Hello Crafty Friends! I am so excited to join the Waffle Flower Design Team and to share with you about this amazing release. I really think you are going to love it! (The links throughout my post are affiliate links and using them adds no cost to you, but gives me a small percentage to help support my crafty work. Thanks for considering using them!) You can view the whole release here.
For my first card, I used the the six-pane window from the Window Scene Die six times. I glued five layers together then added a piece of acetate before gluing one final piece on top. This gave me thick enough boxes to hold glitter. Next, I went to work making the background. First, I tore a piece of paper at angle. I ink blended over it slightly on a white A2 card base with a light blue ink to create subtle mountains. I flipped over the same torn paper and moved it up to create the second mountain.
Then, I added in details. I used deer, pine trees, and the gondola dies from the Winter Scene Die. To get the pine trees to look snowy, I used an embossing ink pen and then added white embossing powder to the branches and heat set it. That didn’t give me quite enough snow so I smooshed the whole tree in embossing ink and sprinkled embossing powder over it before heat setting it with my heat tool. I used a similar technique for the bare trees and bush (originally a treetop) which are from the Window Scene Die. The deer were cut out of Kraft cardstock. I used post it tape to cover the antlers and ink blended the rest of the deer with brown ink so that the body of the deer was darker. The gondola was cut from matte silver cardstock and stacked multiple times to add dimension. The stamped cable for the gondola and the “Thanks Snow Much” sentiment are from the Winter Scene Stamp Set.
I made sure the items were thoughtfully placed within the window squares before gluing them down. Then I added a small scoop of a white sparkly glitter to each square before adhering the window panel to my card base.
This card makes me feel like I’m sitting in cabin feeling cozy and relaxed!
For my second card, I used the new Postage Collage Mini Slimline Die and Postage Collage Mini Slimline Blocks Stencil. I love the original Postage Collage Die and I’m so excited that Waffle Flower is adding to this collection!
I first started by die cutting the postage stamps a few times from white cards stock and stacking them for added thickness. Then I ink blending the background in shades of aqua, olive, and mustard. Next, I stamped trees on one, a cabin on another, and deer on my third. These stamps are from the Winter Scene Stamp Set. I embossed the cabin in Brutus Monroe’s Penny Embossing Powder and the deer in Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder. I used a blending brush to add a subtle shading and ground the deer. I added postage markings using the Postage Collage Stamp Set.
I used the second largest die from the Mini Slimline Stitched Rectangles Die to die cut three stitched panels for the front of my card. I love having lots of dimension so I glued these three layers together. I then arranged the postage stamps with space in the middle for a sentiment (but didn’t glue yet).
The sentiment was too long to fit so I cut it in half. (Don’t fret! It still fits nicely back together and works as one long sentiment as well.) I took a photo of where I place the postage stamps so I could remember how I like them. Then I inked it up the stamps using my MISTI and black ink and stamped it in the middle. Note: When I want to make sure things are well-centered, I pull out a zero centering ruler. If you’ve never tried one, they are very helpful. They have zero in the middle and equal measurements on each side, such as one inch out in each direction.
I referred back to my the picture I’d take and placed back the postage stamps, but the card felt like it was missing something. I decided to add thin strips out of aqua, matte gold, olive, and mustard card stocks that I coordinated with the ink colors I had used. I pulled out a piece of printer paper and used tape runner to adhere the strips to the paper. I cut off the excess printer paper and cut my row of strips in half. I placed one set of the strips going under the top stamps and and the other going under the bottom. Finally, I glued everything down with Bearly Arts Precision Craft Glue. I used foam strips to pop up the small postage stamp with the cabin to give it a little extra lift. I adhered the whole panel to
I love Mini Slimline cards and can’t wait to create more with the mini slimline goodies in this release!
My third card is A7 size. I have never created larger cards like these but I definitely see more of them in my future! I think A7 is great when you want more space for your image(s) or for writing a larger message in a card. My husband loves to snowboard so I created this card with him in mind!
First I created an A7 card base out of teal cardstock. I used one of the dies from the A7 Additional Layers Die to cut out a three white panels and glued them together. I used the same teal cardstock from earlier to cut out a frame from A7 Nesting Rectangle Frames Die and glued it onto the white panel.
Next, I got to work stenciling and die cutting snowboards. I stenciled various combinations or red, orange, yellow, green, teal, and blue using the Snowboard Die-n-stencil and Shader Brushes 1+ to make 12 snowboards. Then I die cut them all out using the Empress Die Cut Machine. (Note: While this machine is expensive, it is truly an amazing workhorse. I used to think people who enjoyed die cutting mass amounts of things were crazy, but this makes it easy and so much faster. If it is in your budget, I can’t recommend it enough!)
After that, I diecut the snowboard bindings out of a light gray cardstock. I wanted to add some dimension to the look of them. After adhering the pieces for the bindings together and gluing them to the snowboards, I used a Shader Brush 2+ brush and some light gray ink to add shading. It’s subtle but I love the extra dimension it adds to the look.
Then I adhered all the snowboards with to the white and teal panel at an angle. I trimmed off any snowboards sticking off the edge of my panel with my trimmer. Finally, I topped it off with a sentiment from the Subsentiments Snow Diecut (which are my favorite for quick and easy sentiments). I used foam strips to adhere them for one last extra bit of dimension.
My final card features the Abstract Shapes Die. This set is so fun and versatile!
I started with an A2 card base. I diecut a slightly smaller panel using the A2 Layers Die. I used the Quilting Texture Die to add a stitched background to my panel. I adhered my panel to the card base.
Then, I die cut various abstract shapes out of the shades of Concord and 9th Cardstock in Honeycomb, Carnation, Sea Glass, and Nectar Cardstock. I cut some out twice and adhered them together for added dimension. I fiddled around with where I wanted them before deciding on this layout and adhered it all with Bearly Arts Precision Craft Glue.
Next, I used the Bold Alpha Die to die cut the letters to make “HELLO” out of Concord & 9th’s Gold Glitter Paper. I also die cut the letters out of white for extra dimension. Note: When stacking and gluing the letters, I cut the top right side of the off of the white layer of the “O” so that it would stack evenly while overlapping the nectar circle.
I love all the texture and color on this card. I hope you do too!
This release is full of so many staple dies as well as some fun wintry options. I hope you feel inspired after seeing what I created and I can’t wait to see what you create with it!