I may have one of the only little girls in the world NOT obsessed with the Disney Pixar movie Frozen, but we still know who Elsa and Anna are! This entire card is one of those ‘one thing led to another’ scenarios.
Amelie was invited to her little friend’s birthday, and the invitation was Frozen themed. I really liked the beautiful mix of colours swirling in the background of the invitation and wondered if I could recreate something like it myself. My first attempt was with alcohol inks, and funnily, was the most successful. Isn’t it weird when we try something the first time and it works amazingly, that subsequent attempts don’t? A couple of spectacular failures happened, that’s for sure.
- Gina K Designs Snowflake Background
- Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 3 die set
- Impression Obsession Wishes die
- My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles STAX die set
- My Favorite Things Layered Snowflakes
- Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock
- Gina K Designs Lovely Lavender cardstock
- Tim Holtz Alcohol inks: Denim, Cool Peri, Celestial, Intrigue, Villainous
- Nuvo Silver glitter cardstock
- Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock for Birthday sentiment strip
- White embossing powder and Versamark ink
- Stampin Up! Foam adhesive strips
- Nuvo confetti, various sequins and silver gems
I started off by white heat embossing the snowflake background onto the Alcohol Ink Cardstock. This is no different to heat embossing on regular cardstock, but always pays to be careful.
It is possible to heat emboss on Yupo paper – you must let your heat gun warm up for a wee while to get it properly hot, and heat the Yupo carefully. You gently move the heat gun across the paper without letting it heat too much in one spot, taking the heat away and bringing it back. Being this careful, it takes a little longer than heat embossing regular cardstock, but it is certainly worth the effort.
Alcohol ink is super fun to play with – so far everyone who has tried this at my craft table has become rather addicted! You do need some blending solution to really get the ink moving and a straw. Although you could use isopropyl alcohol (available from pharmacies), it does have a different result, so it pays to play. You could use an ink blending tool with felts instead of foam, which again gets different results. I ended up creating a few background pieces to keep in my stash – even failures can be cut up with word dies or something similar!
Once I had splashed about with the inks, I decided to cut up the birthday invitation! (I took a photo of the pertinent details first 😉 ) I carefully fussy cut Elsa and Anna from the back of the invite.
Placement was tricky to decide as I thought having the characters sit centrally would look better than having them sit directly at the bottom of the panel, but didn’t want them to look too obviously cut out from somewhere else!
I figured the best way would be to create a nice large window opening for them, which then led to creating a shaker card.
I die cut my panel with a stitched rectangle die, and then the curved window opening. Elsa and Anna are sat within the window, on top of the acetate, with strategic snips in their hair to make it look like they are standing in front of the window.
A shaker requires acetate and foam strips to create a compartment to keep all the confetti and sequins in place. I wanted a bit of depth to allow space for beads and sequins to move freely. Stampin Up foam strips are a little deeper than other strips on the market, and they suited this purpose. You could simply have two layers of foam strips if you want depth for your shakers.
I sat and stared at it for a bit, and thought it just needed something GLITTERY.
Amelie and I then had fun cutting a bunch of snowflakes from various sets in my stash, choosing the smaller snowflakes from each. We die cut from white cardstock, silver, and vellum and played with creating the top of the window opening. Gems were added too, because why not! You only turn 4 once 🙂
I glued the shaker to a lilac coloured card base which finished this card in a pretty way. I included this card with a gift of a beautiful Elsa dress up costume – and we had fun at the party!
Amelie also created her very own card using some of the snowflakes she cut with me – here it is in all its glory. It is for the birthday girl’s big brother! I LOVE how she loves snowflakes 🙂
Didn’t she do well?
If you have any questions regarding the putting together of this card, please feel free to message me – I’m only too happy to help!