A Z-Fold Blizzard of Snowflakes for PP421

by Joanne James2. December 2018 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players - yay! It's the turn of the queen of florals, the lovely Jaydee,  to host this week and she has a festive theme challenge for you to work with:


Jaydee has been kind to us with a broad theme this week - pretty much anything festive goes! I decided that I would take my inspiration from the snow in our badge picture this week and share a card that I made at a recent technique class using the Beautiful Blizzard bundle - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

An Embossed Blizzard - On this card I used the Blizzard Thinlits Die to create an embossed (as opposed to a diecut) panel to add interest to the fold behind my sentiment panel. I then sponged this liberally with Frost White Shimmer Paint for a subtle snowy sparkle. I love that the Big Shot Embossing Mats make this really easy and make our dies go further, opening up a whole new range of creative possibilities.

A Fancy Fold - This card uses a fancy fold that is quite simple to recreate - a z-fold - it's a great way to allow for overhanging diecuts without having to increase the overall size of the card and shows just a hint of the decoration inside too. Here's a picture of my card opened out so that you can see the inside fully:


A Drop of Frost - The stamping on my card is a random combination of the stamps in this set, with a few of the snowflakes left over from this card added for dimension. I finished one of these with a frosted droplet - these make perfect centres for a wintery snowflake.

I'm a little pressed for time with all that is going on in the James household during the holiday season, so no the visual summary of the key products used on today's project today although the table at the bottom of this post will of course take you directly to my online store if you would like to purchase any of the items featured on today's card. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

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Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day - I shall be recovering from my first Christmas party yesterday and tacking a mountain of ironing today but I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (8) -

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
12/2/2018 7:01:02 PM #

Joanne, this is gorgeous, as always! I just love the cool blue paired with the icy shimmer paint detail. You showcased this bundle beautifully. I love how you added the paint to the embossed detail. I finally purchased the embossing mats so this gives me inspiration for them when they arrive next week. Have a wonderful day today!  


Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
12/3/2018 12:56:01 AM #

This is superb, Joanne! Love the use of Balmy Blue - I'd not thought of that as a Christmas colour before but it makes perfect sense to use with white and silver. I like the overhang of the die cuts on the front panel - it adds such interest. I have not played with embossing mats yet but you've piqued my interest. No danger of twinning it this week - I don't have this set. In fact, I shy away from overtly wintery sets for Christmas, which I often regret as there are such pretty ones around.


LaurieUnited States
12/3/2018 2:09:33 AM #

This is really stunning! Just beautiful Joanne. I love all the snowflakes, and of course that sentiment is a fave!


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
12/3/2018 3:59:10 AM #

This is a beautiful way to use this set...wonderful colors and a cool fold!  Just delightful!  I think we will be seeing some of these flakes later this week!


Elizabeth Stewart
Elizabeth StewartUnited States
12/4/2018 7:35:41 PM #

Your fancy fold is fabulous.  The card is stunning... and the sentiment perfect!


12/4/2018 7:43:17 PM #

great card and super delicate
congrats  Joanne
thanks so much for your comment in my blog
have a nice week


sandymUnited States
12/5/2018 10:28:56 PM #

Joanne, this is absolutely stunning! I love the fancy fold, and the snowflakes and embossing are just gorgeous!


jaydeeUnited States
12/8/2018 2:36:39 PM #

Gorgeous, Joanne.  I love the blue, white and silver and those little snowflakes are gorgeous.  I love the embossing and it's wonderful to see a fancy fold card again.


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