Friday, August 31, 2007

Snowy Windows are a sure sign of Xmas...

This is one of my all time favorite Christmas cards and my biggest seller during the holiday season (yes, I sell my cards). I posted this on SCS yesterday and had a ton of request via email and comments asking for details on this card....so here it goes! It's actually quite simple, the card layers can be done in advance, Night of Navy for the card base, Brocade, Ballet or even Bashful Blue can be used for the next layer, then Shimmery White for the next layer. The focal image is a small piece of Glossy white paper, the only trick is that you'll want to make it 1/2 an inch shorter in width rather than the usual 1/4 inch because you'll be spreading it out to make the windows. I used the Blue Frost spectrum pad from SU, inked up my brayer and just went back and forth until it was a really rich color. I lightly rubbed over the glossy paper to remove any excess ink and then using Staz-on Black, I stamped the trees in the center. I set it aside to dry for a few minutes and went ahead and stamped my Xmas phrase on the bottom using Night of Navy ink. Next I took my paper cutter and sliced up my trees horizontally and then into thirds vertically. I layered them in the window pane position and adhere them to the card. Be sure you test your placement first before actually sticking them down, I work from the center out. The last step is to apply Crystal Effects on the bottom sections of each 'window' and then add glitter. Be careful, as they take a long time to dry...I usually just set it aside overnight to be safe. That's it! I'm so thrilled that you all loved this card as much as I do. It just makes me want to snuggle in by the fire and sip on some hot chocolate. Mmmmm

18 comments:

Debra said...

As always, you have created another showstopper! Beautiful, beautiful card Jillian!!

Julie Campbell said...

This is such a beautiful card! What a cool technique!

Julie Masse said...

Wow Jillian!!! I love this card! Now I need to get that spectrum pad! :)

Denise... said...

Beautiful...just beautiful!!!

christie ortman said...

Absolutley stunning Jillian!

Debbie Schneider said...

Can't wait to order and get that SU spectrum pad so I can try this one out!! It is so so beautiful!!!

StampingJoan said...

WOWSER!!!!! I love this! I usually do blue with the tree but not like this!!!! I am sooooooooooo CASING this!

Do you put a piece of white on the inside or tell them to use the white gel pen?

Joan (the other baker!)

Shel9999 said...

Ah! So beautiful...and peaceful!! Just gorgeous!

The Queen Of Scrap said...

I can see why its a big seller, its a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your secret!

jodene said...

I love it!!!!

Pattyjo said...

Thank you so much for the info. on how to make this gorgeous card. I need inspiration right now for my cards for Christmas. Hard to believe its already time to think about those.

Kristine Reynolds said...

This is a beautiful card Jillian!

Jenn Mash said...

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas.... That card is absolutely beautiful!

Are you going to make that one at your Christmas card stamp camp? Book my reservation now! :)

rebecca said...

This is one of my favorite stamp sets. So versatile. Thanks for the great ideas.

sandie c said...

This card is stunning and so realistic just like looking through a window!

Thanks for sharing it and how you achieved this wonderful look.

dd2njoy said...

OMG!!! It's unbelievably stunning!

Ali Manning said...

This is a really beautiful card. It's my first visit to your blog - it's great.

hummerbee said...

Snowy Windows is the most beautiful card I've seen. A close second is Enjoy Life's Moments. I guess I will have to get the Blue Frost Spectrum pad too! You techniques are awe inspiring. I'm so glad I clicked on your link.