Friday, 16 November 2012

Some Wintry Cards for the Frosty Festivities!

Hello, hello! Welcome to the Melsh contribution to this weekend's Frosty Festivities blog hop :) Come on in, it's cold out there...


First up, many thanks to Jennifer for organising this, and for providing a wonderful prize opportunity (details at the bottom of this post) - and for inviting me to take part! I'm excited to see everyone's inspirational takes on this topic, enjoy some interesting and fun posts, and pick up lots of tips and ideas for projects I want to try :) If you just stumbled across the hop here by accident then you might want to pop over to Jennifer to get all the introductory info - but feel free to stay here and read my post first! ;)

So, me? I'm going to show you a couple of cards. I've had an idea for a glittery, wintry card for some time, and a chance encounter with some pretty printed cellophane last week inspired me to think of a variation of the idea and to get on with trying both of them!


Apologies for the lack of beautifully staged photos, by the way - I shall blame my broken foot for that. Obviously if I was fully mobile I would have been able to set up much clearer and more technically brilliant shots ;) I would certainly have been able to make better use of natural light...

Anyway, the first step each time is to create 3 square apertures. A square punch makes this easier! Of course, you'd get a much neater result if you carefully measured the card and marked where you were going to punch. If you're lazy you prefer a more organic look then you can just judge it all by eye. If the borders end up uneven then you can make a feature of that by adding the greeting to the wider border (or around the whole of that particular square) - or you can just shrug and decide it doesn't matter enough ;)


I punched 3 squares because that worked with the size of the card and punch, but obviously you can vary that. Make a feature of just one square, or create a grid using the whole card if you prefer. Just make sure you leave enough cardstock to give strength to the finished card.

Now to fill those apertures with some decoration! For the first card I used this pretty cellophane:


I just added double sided tape to frame the back of each square, then added a strip of cellophane right across all three windows. Here it is after one strip:


Now that's quite pretty in itself, but I really liked how the wrap looked on the roll, where you can glimpse more and more dots through the layers, so I repeated the first step a few times till I was happy with the look:

 

I stopped at 4 layers in the end. Here it is from the inside:


It actually looks OK, but if it's too messy for you then you can add strips of spare cardstock to hide the edges of the cellophane and the bits of tape that are still visible. It depends really how lazy neat a worker you are!


From the front the card looks like this, but it's actually really pretty closed, too, as you get cute shadows cast by the little dots:


This makes such a lovely snowy card, ideal for Christmas or a winter birthday :) If you can't get cellophane like this another one would also work, just giving a different look; if it's the snowy effect you want to replicate then you could use dabs of white acrylic paint on acetate. Or maybe try blobs of Stickles if you want some sparkle!

Or if LOTS of sparkle is your thing, maybe this second design would suit you better? Start by punching or cutting 3 squares (or however many you want), just as before. This time though, use ordinary (not double-sided) sticky tape to completely line the inside of the card behind the apertures. If you have tape that's wider than the squares this is ideal, but if not then just use a few strips, overlapping them. The important thing is to make sure that the sticky part of the tape is showing through to the front of the card. Oh, and to not accidentally stick the card to your work surface at the same time....! ;)


So now you have some nice sticky windows :) Turn the card over so the sticky side is showing:


Cover them generously with glitter. I've used silver because it looks frosty:


Tip the excess onto a sheet of scrap paper, then turn the card over and press it face down into the pile of glitter to ensure good coverage.


And there you have your pretty, sparkly card :)


The tape will allow a bit of light through so again you get a slightly different look when the card's closed:

 
If you're concerned about the glitter rubbing off over time then you can seal it with Glossy Accents or a similar clear-drying glue. Personally I'm too lazy I'm not too worried about it; a little tiny bit might come away but it'll last long enough for me to give the card to someone and for them to display it! This design can also be easily adapted by using different colours of glitter or different shaped apertures, such as a small star covered with gold glitter in the corner of a super simple card, for example.
 
So there you have my frosty idea! You can find plenty of others by visiting the following blogs:
 
 
And if you'd like a chance of winning this fabulous prize of over £25-worth of Basic Grey Aspen Frost and Carta Bella Winter Fun goodies, make sure you leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop, and finish up with a comment at Jennifer's to let her know you've done so. While you're there, be sure to check out her other Frosty Festivities posts (see this one for a hint of what you might find!) The deadline for the giveaway is 10.59pm (GMT) on Monday 19th November, so you have the weekend to enjoy browsing all the lovely ideas :)
 

Thanks for visiting :) Next up it's Rinda over at Gallo Organico. See you there!

44 comments:

Louise said...

these are lovely Mel. Super ideas....i'd be finding glitter for weeks if I made them though! x

scrappyjacky said...

Beautiful cards,Mel....I love the layered cellophane....what a great idea.

hotpotato said...

another great idea

Cheri said...

very pretty Mel! but I don't play with glitter... it's dangerous stuff you know. ;)

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

Great tutorial, and I love your approach!!! Hope the foot is healing well.

K said...

oooo, lovely use of cellophane & glitter :)

Lesley G said...

So clever, love the cellophane one. Thanks for sharing...

JO SOWERBY said...

Ooh I love this idea Mel, so much easier than making loads of lil sections,
Jo xxx

furrypig said...

the snowy cellophane is a great look thanks for sharing xxx

Sian said...

Magically glittery and festive! A lovely idea - I'm really feeling the glitter this year and having seen these I think I might need to head out and buy some more :)

Jennifer Grace said...

Oh, these both look great! I'm so glad you managed to hobble to your supplies to make them! I love that you added so many of the layers of cellophane to give it extra depth, and the glitter looks very rich and sparkly! I'd like to try both of these ideas!

Thanks so much for joining in with the hop! x

Mary B said...

Well done Mel and a really great idea

Jackie said...

What super ideas!! I have some cellopane just like that!! Now I know what else I can do with it!! LOL

Lizzie said...

Very cool, Mel! I love the cellophane (must see if I can pick up a roll of spotty cellophane at the craft fair this weekend...).
The layered effect is great - note sure if I'd have thought of that on my own...
I like the glitter too. You could also do this with plain cellophane or acetate and stickles. But the "real" glitter does give it a certain richness of texture, that you prob wouldn't get with glitter glues. To stop it shedding everywhere, I suppose you could make a glittery sandwich, with two pieces of cellophane/acetate as the "bread" and the glitter as "filling"!
Nice project - love it.
I think you did pretty well at the photos, considering the "ankle situation"!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Love the glittery card!

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

What a neat idea. I love the layers of cellophane building up the 'blizzard'. Very cool x

Sandie said...

That is a great idea, thank you for the tutorial. Sorry to hear about your foot - hope you are on the mend.

KraftyKaren said...

Two fab cards - thanks for sharing your ideas. My DH would hate that glittery one - I can see him shuddering at the thought of any of the glitter falling off.

Julie H said...

Some really great ideas there! Love the way you write, too!

Jimjams said...

I love simply elegant cards like this ... I might yet make some with this design! TFS

scrappymo! said...

What a great idea i think my fave is the first one...My mind was instantly thinking of the different bits of cello i have tucked away!

Julie said...

I like the way you layered the cell. It gives such a different look. Good job!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I especially love the polka-dot ones!
Rinda

Kirsty.a said...

Lovely. I'm always in favour of lazy ideas! especially at this time of year

AnnieC said...

Such a clever idea with the tape and the glitter - definitely gonna try that! Thanks for the inspiration :o)

Tracy said...

Wow, such a clever idea and it looks so pretty. Perfect for Christmas cards where you have to make so many!

Margie said...

Great cards-I love the confetti windows!!

Karen said...

I just love the idea of the cellophane behind the windows. I would have never thought of that!

Scrapdolly said...

Beautiful cards and a really nice technique to copy too - I may try this (but I am very scared of glitter as it is always a disaster when I use it )

Missus Wookie said...

oh now see I've used transparencies in punched windows but never thought to use cellophane. Hmm - I have a huge roll up in the kitchen from wrapping edible treats, wonder if mist dries on it so I can make my own spotty version...

Perhaps not quite now (have people turning up for dinner shortly) but maybe tomorrow. :)

Lisa-Jane said...

What a wonderful idea Mel! I guess you could repeat the tape to cover the glitter if you didn't like it shedding but I like that everybody gets sparkly at Christmas!

Zahra said...

Very pretty! I love glitter but think this would get me/my house and children too messy, so the cellophane looks lovely!

Sarah said...

Loving the cellophane card!! Just gorgeous and such a fab idea to put multiple layers on!! x

Alison said...

It's easy to tell you are a teacher Mel...you are NOt afraid of glitter!! Love your cards...may try some of these- they are just as I like...not overly complicated...hope that foot is easing up!
Alison xx

Sally said...

What a simple idea. Might have to try the glitter ones!

dogmatix said...

I am not a lover of glitter....it is like sand, I hate the fact that it gets EVERYWHERE.....but I love the 2nd card so much that I am going to have to just grin and bear it ....and maybe put protective clothes on..! :-p

Jo said...

Both of those cards look great, I love playing with glitter this time of year! I'm already wondering if that cellophane could be made into a glitter filled shaker and then stuck in the aperture!

Craftgirl83 said...

The snow card is so pretty, great idea!

Anonymous said...

A lovely idea just letting u know u can get square peel offs too we used to do something similar in the shop & use square peel offs like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/120x-Square-Peel-Off-Stickers-Clear-Silver-Border-/110716271783?pt=UK_Crafts_StickersScraps_Decoupage_SM&hash=item19c7343ca7. If the double sided gets too sticky.

Peachy xx

Susan said...

Very pretty cards Mel. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

Lovely cards Mel. So glad you were able to get a little crafty!

Candace said...

Lovely idea with the glitter

gayle said...

Great technique idea :) feeling inspired to make some cards!

Miss Smith said...

This is such a festive idea, I love how effective the snow is :D I'm not even a glitter lover and I want to do this :D