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Merry Christmas- Hero Arts

Hey there! I hope you are well. I’m hanging in here (I think that is my catch phrase). I think I’m settling into what’s happening. Most of this weekend was spent crafting and mentally wrapping my head around the fact that this is the new norm, at least for me. I’m high risk, as is my son. So, even when “everything,” opens, I won’t be rushing out to hug everyone. I’m pretty sure I’ll be working from home until there is a vaccine. Trying to mentally grasp the future.

Anyway, enough about me. I wanted to share this week’s Stay Crafty With Hero Challenge. The theme this week is Holiday Headstart. I used this opportunity to make something I didn’t get to this past holiday season.

The snow globe components are Honeybee Stamp’s Globe and Ornament Shaker Card die set. The rest of the card is Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit from October 2017 (an all time favorite). I inked some of Brutus Monroe Not Your Mama’s cardstock with Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink for the sky. The mountains were die cut from Gina K Design Moonlit Fog, and the trees from Christmas Pine cardstock. The snow is Lawn Fawn Pixie Dust, die cut with MFT Snow Drifts.

Once my sky was dry, I stamped the silhouette of Santa with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and embossed it with Gina K Clear powder. Then, I assembled the card. I adhered my sky, mountains, trees and snow drifts with liquid adhesive. I die cut the frame part of the snow globe once from Silver Foil cardstock, and four times from white cardstock, to create a frame. I thought about making this a shaker card, but decided to leave it.

I added White Blizzard Glitter Nuvo Drops to the mountains. I usually use Simply White Nuvo Drops for the snow caps, but wanted the snow to match the snow drifts. I wish I had at least put the Simply White down first, then added the glitter over it.

I added white gel pen to the trees, then brushed over them with Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen. I stmaped the sentiment on a strip of Neenah, using Altenew Jet Black ink.

The layered frames made the globe really thick, so I added foam tape to the base, and made a second base piece for the back. I stamped a sentiment on the back of the card too, with Jet Black ink.

This snow globe turned out a lot darker then I cared for. I kept trying to find ways to lighten it up (the Nuvo Drops and gel pen). I’ll probably attempt this design again, but with lighter cardstocks. The colors I choose for this card are my old go too for this look, but I have a lot more options then I did two years ago.

Thanks for stopping by, and stay safe!

Nicole

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