Monday, October 7, 2019

My Snow Globe Obsession

I am posting today as part of Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights.  There are 2 parts:

2.  The 10 artists who receive the most votes will be participating in a Blog Hop at the end of this month.  With your help by voting for me, I may just get a chance to participate!

Thank you for your support!

My mom loves and collects snow globes.  So when I saw the Still Scenes bundle and Snow Globe Shaker Domes in the Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog, I decided I had to buy them to create at least one card to show my mom.  That decision has developed into a snow globe card obsession!  I am now looking at my stamp sets and all card occasions with new eyes to see if I can fit them behind the Snow Globe Shaker Domes.

At first I stayed with the winter theme, and my very first shaker card created with my mom in mind is pictured below.  I used the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Nature's Beauty stamp set to create this card.

But then I got to thinking, "What if snow globes aren't just for snow scenes?"  Since I was in the midst of preparing for my World Card Making Day event and also starting on a personal 31 day journey focusing on gratitude, I decided to create an autumn scene shaker card with the snow globe domes.

My inspiration for my background came from a photo my sister took recently on a beautiful autumn evening where the sky looked like it was on fire.  I decided to try to recreate some of this beautiful scene with the pigment sprinkles in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. You can find some Facebook lives I did over a couple of days last week (October 1 and 2nd) at my Facebook page,, that show some of the process as well as some simple stamping action.

I spritzed a piece of watercolor paper with just a few sprays of water, and then carefully sprinkled Melon Mambo, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight sprinkles on my damp paper.  Then I watched the magic work by spritzing my paper again with water.  The ink sprinkles spread and started to create my autumn sky.  Once I was happy with the way the ink was spreading, I blotted the wet ink with a paper towel and let my scenes dry.  I created two of these autumn sky scenes.  

Using the Gather Together stamp set and Early Espresso ink, I stamped my "Season of Thanks" sentiment on one scene and pumpkins and wheat on the other.  I cut out the stamped pumpkins with the Gathered Leaves dies. I added a bit of color to the pumpkins using the Cajun Craze Stampin' Blends Combo, and then got busy creating my card base!

I wanted my card to be able to stand up and support the weight of the shaker dome, so I looked for an easel or other kind of fold that might work for my card.  I found several different versions of a folded card base called an Upright Z-Fold that I thought would work, and when I saw Pinterest post by Connie Babbert of INKspired Treasures, I was pretty sure I had found the right one.  I loved her card design as it had a flip up card where I could include a sentiment and personal message, as well as the fold I wanted.

I cut a sheet of Early Espresso cardstock measuring 4.25" x 11" and scored and folded it in the z shape at 5.5" and 2.75".  I cut another piece from my sheet of the Early Espresso cardstock measuring 3.5" x 9" and scored and folded that piece at 4.5" to make my flip-up base for my globe.  I cut 2 pieces of Cajun Craze cardstock measuring 4" x 5.25" and 4" x 2.5" for my z-fold base, and third piece measuring 3.25" 4.25" to mat onto my flip-up card base.  

From the Come to Gather Designer Series Paper collection, I cut 2 pieces measuring 3.75" x 5" and 3.75" x 2.25" and adhered these onto the corresponding Cajun Craze z-fold base pieces.  I matted the Cajun Craze pieces onto the card base.  The third piece of Cajun Craze I ran through my Big Shot with the Subtle embossing Folder.  Using the Layering Circle dies, I cut and matted 3 sizes of circles as shown in the picture below.

I cut out the window for my snow globe to peek through from the textured piece of Cajun Craze using the die from the Snow Globe Scenes dies collection.  I removed the tape from the front of the snow globe and adhered it to my textured piece.  Then I positioned my cut out pumpkins under my "Season of Thanks" sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I poured some beads into the back of my globe dome and carefully adhered the watercolor scene to the back of my textured piece.  A base for the snow globe was cut using the Snow Globe Scenes dies, which I adhered below my snow globe with the Fine Tip Glue pen. I then adhered my flip-up card to my base.

I finished off my card by punching some leaves from my textured Cajun Craze snow globe cut out and Early Espresso scraps and using Mini Dimensionals adhered them to the matted circles.  Putting the double-sided tape just at the bottom of my matted circles, I adhered these circles to the bottom fold of my z-fold card base.  My flip-up card can now rest behind these circles.

You can find products used in this project listed below.  If it's something you'd like to try and find you need supplies, please use the link to the right of this blog to check out my online store.

I briefly mentioned my personal focus on gratitude this month, and I just want to take a minute to share that with you.  I am try to start each day by writing down in my journal up to 3 things that I am thankful for that day.  I am finding that it helps me keep my perspective as I intentionally think about and write down how much I have to be grateful for.  I encourage you to try it yourself, and I would love to hear about it if you decide to try it.

I also mentioned that this has become an obsession, and here are a couple other snow globe projects I've created using current and retired Stampin' Up! products:

What scenes can you imagine behind the snow globe dome?

I hope you enjoyed reading about this project.  I hope you'll take some time to check out all of the cards in the gallery and be sure to vote for your 5 top favorites!  I hope mine is one of them!

Gather Together Bundle (153036)
Come to Gather DSP (150454)
Still Scenes Bundle (153023)
Snow Globe Shaker Domes (150442)
Subtle Embossing Folder (151775)
Pigment Sprinkles (149663)
Stampin' Spritzer (126185)
Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (149612)
Cajun Craze Stampin' Blends Combo (147931)
Early Espresso ink pad (147114)
Early Espresso cardstock (119686)
Cajun Craze cardstock (119684)
Layering Circle Dies (151770)
Tear & Tape (138995)
Fine Tip Glue Pen (138309)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (144108)