Thursday, November 5, 2009

KLSNS - Crystal Snowflake Tutorial #2

Good morning! TGIF! This week I'm introducing the KLSNS blog challenge for November. You have the entire month of November to make a card with a SNOWFLAKES!!! Post the card on the KLSNS blog and you could win a $10 gift certificate and a free stamp of Kelly's choosing!

Previously, I shared my version of the Anne Wight snowflakes. In that tutorial, I used sponge daubers and ink pads to create colorful snowflakes. This time I have two different options for you.

The supplies you need to gather are:
  • snowflake punches or dies
  • glitter
  • clear drying glue (I use Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents)
  • pop-dots
  • brad/button/sticker for the center
  • white or patterned paper
The first snowflake option simply uses patterned papers. You can use any size pattern, but I generally keep the size small for more even color changes. For small snowflakes punch 1-2 snowflakes. Here I used some Basic Grey ESKIMO KISSES scraps.

Put a dot of glue on the outer tips of each leg of the snowflake. Then dip directly into the glitter jar. Tap off the excess glitter. The great thing about Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents is that it dries almost instantly. Don't worry about leaving glue in the pot. I haven't found that to be an issue.

Use a pop-dot between snowflake layers and off-set the legs. On these small snowflakes I used a very fine glitter (but I'll be honest and tell you that I like CHUNKY glitter better for the bigger snowflakes). In the very center add some eye-candy, in this case I added a pink rhinestone for that extra bit of bling.

Here's the finished card. I used different patterned papers for each layer of the snowflake. REMEMBER - NO TWO ARE A LIKE! The image background was watercolored first and then stamped. I re-inked the snowman after stamping and added highlights with my Souffle pen.

Stamps: Stampendous SILENT NIGHT SNOWMAN
Paper: Basic Grey ESKIMO KISSES
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzelberry, and Melon Mambo (re-inkers)
Accessories: Deb's Crystal snowflakes, EK Success border punch, glitter pen, aqua pen, glue pen, glitter, and Souffle pen.

The second snowflake is much like the original method. Starting with white paper, punch 2-3 snowflakes of differing sizes out.

In the original method, I used sponge daubers to apply color to the white paper before punching. But if you're coloring with COPIC markers, you might want to use the COPIC airbrush system to make sure the snowflakes match what you're coloring.

Spray two colors on each snowflake.

Once again put a dot of Glossy Accents on the leg of each snowflake. On the larger snowflakes, I will cover each "finger" too. The larger glitter (in this case SU! Chunky glitter) adds a bigger surface for the light to bounce off.

Add a pop-dot between each layer. Remember to off-set the legs. And in this case I put a Basic Grey brad in the center after I punched a hole. It's very easy to rip the snowflakes.

On the larger snowflakes to give even more texture, I also glue a leafy punch layer.

Stamps: High Hopes FOLLOW THE STARS, Denami swirl stamps.
Paper: Basic Grey ESKIMO KISSES
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo
Accessories: Deb's Crystal snowflakes, SU! chunky glitter, glue pad, Copics (see below for color list), airbrush system, and glitter pens.

Remember, to post your SNOWFLAKE cards on the KLSNS blog for some blog candy!

Hope you have a great weekend! I'm going to the Air Force/Army game tomorrow. If I remember to take my camera, I'll post some pictures.


  1. Cool tutorial Deb. I see a few things that I'm going to have to put on the list for Santa ... gotta "git" me that copic airbrush system! :-)

  2. Gorgeous snowflakes, my talented technique friend! I like the DP ones because they seem very simple to do, but the sponged ones are SO pretty!!

  3. Great card, Deb! Gorgeous snowflakes and a fabulous tutorial--you're just amazing!

    Thanks for the visit today--I'd LOVE his recipe for Shoofly pie! A think a taste comparison is definitely in order! Let me know what you find!

  4. I loved the tutorial but I cannot read any of the instructions. Your color is too light.

  5. Hello Deb,
    I saw your tutorial on the KLS blog and gave it a try. The results were beautiful and thank you for the inspiration! Your card is beautifully detailed and the sparkly snowflake is stunning!