I'm a Winter baby, so I decided to go with a snowflake theme for this week's project. I started off with the lovely Crystal Snowflake and I heat embossed it with clear powder on a sheet of glossy cardstock. I didn't want the snowflakes to be absolutely perfect, but rather to appear to be melting together, so I was purposefully a bit sloppy with my embossing pad.
You can see the raised effect from the embossing powder here. After all of my snowflakes were on, I used 3 colors of Ranger Alcohol Inks to create my background. I used a cotton ball to apply the colors 1 by 1. I started off with the lightest shade and worked to my eggplant color. The embossed snowflakes act as a resist, so the alcohol ink doesn't stick to them.
Now for the birthday part! I cut out my oval with the Nested Oval die, and I used "Birthday Greetings" from the Birthday Words stencil. I used silver Embossing Paste to get the words on my cardstock, and then I applied blue glitter while the paste was still wet. Nice and simple!
I used a border punch that mimics the spikes of the snowflakes, and that's it!
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