It’s been a while since I hopped on to The Paper Players Challenge Blog.  Sandy gave us a simple sketch this week, and my inspiration came from a scrap of the “Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper” that was laying on top of my scrap basket… a perfect example that inspiration can be found anywhere.   So now I have a simple sketch and my colors… what next?


My project had to be “holiday” and had to be “winter”… just because I wanted it that way.  The Night of Navy and Whisper White polka dot patterned paper reminded me of snow falling at night, so I created my own patterned paper using the large snowflake stamp from the “Holly Jolly Greetings” stamp set on page 34 in the Annual Catalog.  This is another stamp set that you will use again and again for the holidays and beyond.  I used several stamps from the set for the inside of my card.



Here’s how it all came together:

  • I inked up the large snowflake stamp with Whisper White Craft Stampin Ink and stamped only one full snowflake image on my patterned paper layer.
  • Then, I stamped a few more snowflakes on the edges of my layer to create more of a pattern. The craft ink gives an opaque look to the stamped image, which is exactly what I wanted.  The large snowflake images don’t blend in with the white polka dots; they look like they’re floating over the “snow”.  My original DSP (Debbie’s Special Paper)!
  • I hand cropped a Night of Navy flagged banner and cropped the “peace” sentiment using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits.
  • A little tip to adhere those delicate thinlits where you want them… pour out a thin square inch of green glue onto a paper scrap.  Using one quarter of a Stamping Sponge, spread some of the glue onto the sponge and lightly and carefully brush it over the back of the thinlit.  Your delicate thinlit is ready to place onto your project… easy and quick.  After I use my sponge, I usually rinse it, let it dry and store it in plastic bag to use again for this purpose.
  • I added just a few white sequins to my banner and tucked a few rounds of Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine behind the banner to help my sentiment pop and keep the look of the card “casual”.

So, grab a favorite patterned paper, add a few opaque snowflakes and a large sentiment, and create something peaceful.