Holiday Card Series 2019 – Day 24 – Snowflakes & Mail Art

Holiday Card Series 2019 – Day 24 – Snowflakes & Mail Art


(“O Christmas Tree”) – Hey, everyone. Kristina here. Welcome to Day 24 of the
Holiday Card Series for 2019. Today’s card is actually one that I made for Simon Says Stamp for their
YouTube channel and blog, using the latest card kit. This is the January 2020
Card Kit from Simon, and it has the most fun stamp set in it, where you build your own snowflakes, using different colors of
ink or embossing powder, things like that. I’m gonna show you a
little bit of both today. I’m gonna be making a circle card, and then I’m also going to
make a mail art envelope to go with it. So I hope you guys enjoy,
and let’s get into it. Hi, everyone. Kristina Werner here. Welcome to another video
for SimonSaysStamp.com. Today I’m going to be using the Snowflake Builder
six-by-eight stamp step. It is included in the January
2020 card kit from Simon. Now when I was designing this stamp set, I was thinking of the end user in mind, and I wanted to make
it as easy as possible to pair these stamps together to create perfectly
layered snowflake images. So notice that there are dashed lines connecting the different
groupings of snowflakes. So that gives you an indication on which ones need to go together. I’m starting out with the
largest snowflake image, and I’m going to stamp this in some Teal ink from Simon Says Stamp. I’m going to do some Teal ink now, and then I’ll do some embossing on the second layer of
the snowflake later. So the first I did was I inked that up and then pressed it down
onto my white cardstock. Now even though I did
ink it up pretty well, there was one side that didn’t
really transfer as much, so I stamped it again, and that’s the advantage
of using a Misti stamp tool for this because then
you can just stamp it in the exact same spot
where you did before. And that gave me a really good impression. So now I’m going to take
some Mint ink from Simon and also a blender brush. This is a blender brush from Honey Bee. And I’m going to just take this Mint ink and bring it out from the
center of the snowflake. I want it to be a really pale green ink. I don’t want it to compete too much with the Teal ink that
I’ve already stamped. Now it was looking pretty
good at this point, but I did want to
intensify the center area of that snowflake. So then I did break out that Teal ink and just added it very
lightly in the center. Now this isn’t going to compete too much with the snowflake image. I just wanted to have a little
more intensity in the center. Now I’m gonna be doing some heat embossing for my second layer of the snowflake. So I want to make sure that this ink that I’ve already worked with, that I’ve ink-blended and
stamped, is completely dry. So I’m doing a test run to see if this embossing powder
is going to stick to it. So I heat-set it with my heat tool to dry it as much as possible. I added a powder tool, and then I put some
heat-embossing powder on it, and it still was sticking a little bit. So I heat-set it again, and then when I put the
embossing powder on, it slides right off. So now I know that it’s
ready to do some stamping. So I’m going to grab the secondary image from this snowflake pairing, and I’m going to line it
up right over the top. Now I want to take note of
how the snowflakes look. On the first layer with
the larger snowflake, I had the little circular ball on the end of that snowflake segment. It’s pointed straight down. And then on this other segment, it’s this other snowflake layer, you also have one segment
pointing straight down. So when you look at the stamp set and you go to stamp the snowflakes, I want you to know that when
I put the stamp set together, I made sure that the stamps,
the snowflakes themselves, stayed in the same orientation. They’re not rotated at all whatsoever. So as long as you keep
them exactly how they are on the stamp packaging, you should be able to line
these up without any problem. So I used some Sterling embossing
powder from Brutus Monroe for the silver embossing, and then I heat-set it with my heat tool. For my greeting area, I am stamping the banner
image from the stamp set onto some Soft Navy cardstock from Simon. I’m putting some Sterling
embossing powder on that, heat-setting it. And once I have that there so
I can see the entire image, then I stamped one of the
greetings from the stamp set, and these greetings are
just curved just slightly so they perfectly fit inside this banner. I sprinkled on some
Sterling embossing powder, this is the same embossing
powder I’ve been using, and then heat-set that with my heat tool. Now I don’t have a die for this one, so I’m using my scissors to
fussy cut around this banner. It’s a fairly simple shape,
so it didn’t take long. I thought this large snowflake just lends itself to a
circle card perfectly. So I grabbed some nested
circle dies from Simon, held that in place with some washi tape, and then ran that through my Gemini Junior die-cutting machine. I also used those same dies
to prepare a circle card base. So I’m going to break out
some Soft Navy cardstock. This is the same blue cardstock
that I used for my banner. And I’ve scored that so
that it’s folded in half, and then I’m placing my circle die right over this cardstock
while it’s folded, and I’m having it hang
off the end of the fold. That’s going to preserve
the fold and not cut it out so that my card base has a
little folded area at the top. So I ran that through
my die-cutting machine. And then you can see
that when I open it up, I have a perfectly shaped circle card. For my stamped piece, I
ran my VersaMark ink pad along the edges of that circle,
and then I dipped the edges into that embossing powder once again. This is going to give sort
of a rustic silver edge to the outside of my circle piece. After I heat-set that, I put this stamped piece
on some foam adhesive and then put that directly
onto my card base. So this card is actually, I think it’s just shy of
four-and-a-quarter inches all around ’cause that’s
the size of the circle, so it will fit inside a standard envelope. So I thought it’d be kind
of fun to create an envelope that goes along with
all of these snowflakes. So now I’m going to break out
one of the white envelopes that’s included in the card kit, and I’m going to do some stamping. I’ve got four different colors
of Simon Says Stamp ink. I have Soft Navy, Blue
Jay, Teal, and Mint, and I’m going to be pairing
these up in different groupings. I’m starting with Blue Jay first, and I’m stamping directly
onto the white envelope. And it’s just hanging off the side of that envelope a little bit. And now when I go in to
stamp the second layer, I’m going to line it up just perfectly, and then I’m going to use Soft Navy ink. So this is a kind of a lighter blue with a darker blue grouping. I then grabbed the second grouping, which is the green shades,
and I started out with Mint. And this Mint ink is very, very light. So I did end up stamping
the snowflake twice. That just gave me a little
bit of a better impression, and I could see that green
color a little bit more. So after I had that stamped,
I then grabbed the Teal ink and lined up the other
little snowflake image that goes with this one. So I’m gonna ink it up with Teal ink, and then I’ll stamp that down. At this point, I was thinking, well, maybe I want to mix
up the colors a little bit, so I’ll maybe I’ll put a
blue with a green shade. So I went back to Blue Jay, and I stamped the first image
for the snowflake pairing. And then I grabbed that Teal color, or I’m sorry, Mint, I grabbed Mint, lined that up, and then stamped that as well. And like I did with the
Mint stamping before, I did end up stamping this
particular snowflake image twice so that that ink could really darken up and show the best as possible. So I continued stamping with
some more snowflake images. For these last few, I went
back to my original pairings. So this one is going to be
with the color Blue Jay, and then I’m going, for
the second snowflake, I’ll be using Soft Navy. So I want to just remind you that when you’re lining
up these snowflakes, you can kind of look at the
center of the snowflake. There are some indications that will help you get
it lined up just right. You could also do this
with an acrylic block, although I don’t know
how precise it would be. Using a stamp-positioning
tool like a Misti makes this super, super easy. So I stamped one more little
smaller snowflake there at the bottom, and now I have the basic
design of my envelope done. I added a blue postage
stamp in that top corner and then penciled on the recipient’s name. I’m using a gel pen to
write her name and address, and since this does take
a little bit of time and all I’m doing is just writing, I’m going to speed it up and turn on a little bit of
holiday music for you to enjoy. I’ll be back shortly. (festive music) So that finishes my card
and envelope set for today. You can pick up the January 2020 Card Kit at SimonSaysStamp.com. And thank you so much for watching. I’ll catch you guys in
another video very soon. Big, big thank you to Alison for allowing me to use her
address in today’s video. I love doing mail art like this. If you would like to submit
your address for consideration in a future mail art video, just know, if it’s chosen,
it’s gonna be online on public, it’s gonna be on the internet. But you can submit your address. So I’ve got a link down below. It says like, for monthly
giveaways and for mail art, go ahead and click there. I do update that form every single month, and this makes it so much that
the addresses stay current. So if you have submitted
an address in the past, you’re gonna want to do it again if you want to be
considered in the future. And also, once you’ve had
an envelope done once, I probably won’t pick your address again just ’cause I want to try a
bunch of different addresses and different names. Thank you so much for
watching today’s video. If you want to check out the stamp set that’s included in the card kit, it’s called Snowflake Builder. You can get it over at SimonSaysStamp.com. I’ll have a link down below. You can go straight there
and either get the card kit, subscribe for future card kits, or even just buy the stamp set on its own. Onscreen, I’ve got three
more videos to check out. These are all gonna be Day 24 videos from 2018, 2017, and 2016. And if you want to see
all of the Day 24 videos for the Holiday Card
Series seven years past, I’ll have those linked up
above the video description. Thanks so much for watching. I will see you guys on Friday for Day 25 of the Holiday Card Series. It’s our very last official
holiday card for this year. I do hope you guys are as excited as I am.