Saturday, 11 October 2014

Snowflake Floating Front Card - 52 {C}CT Oct Colour Challenge

We have a colour challenge for you this week at 52 {C}CT.  I do love a non traditional combo for a Christmas card and these colours are bright and fun!  Remember to use at least three of the colours in your card.


Floating front cards are my current fave style of card to make - I love that they're dimensional but  fold flat to go in an envelope and that they're easy to make.  If you fancy trying a floating front card yourself there are instructions on my Tutorials page HERE.  

I chose the blue, aqua and magenta colours for my card.  The card base is made from Coastal Cabana CS and I covered three panels with Whisper White CS dry embossed with a polka dots folder.  I layered three stamped and die cut snowflakes together to create a floating front element and I attached that to the card by gluing the snowflake to butterfly hinges I made from punched circles folded in half.   I die cut two Coastal Cabana scallop edged borders, glued them to the card and added white punched snowflakes.  I added coloured rhinestones to the snowflakes - the aqua ones I had in my stash but I used Sharpie markers to add colour to clear rhinestones to get the deep blue and magenta gems.  To complete the card front I added some clear rhinestones to the arms of the large blue snowflake.

Here's a view of the card from the top.

Here's a view of the butterfly hinges which allow the image to float when the card is on display but allow the card to be folded flat to go in an envelope.  I used a 1" circle folded in half.  I applied glue to the front tabs of the hinges and pressed the snowflake floating front element down onto the hinge tabs.    

Here's the back of the card where you can see the sentiment panel and the closure made with a punched circle and a cut slit. 

Here's the card folded flat with the envelope.  My finished card measures 5 3/4" square and I used a 6 1/4" square envelope.

Putting this card together reminded me of a favourite Laura Ashley shirt I owned back in the 80's - one of those long oversized shirts with the shoulder pads - it had a magenta background and large royal blue and paler blue flowers and jade green leaves - I REALLY loved that shirt - and the bright pink suede pixie boots I most probably wore with the shirt, ah, happy times!  

I hope you'll play along with this fun colour challenge and add a Christmas card to your stash.  Link up your colourful Christmas creation at the 52 {C}CT challenge post, I look forward to seeing what you make!  

This is my last card for 52 {C}CT as I'm stepping down from the DT after this challenge.  I joined in June 2012 and I've enjoyed creating many festive cards over that time - huge thanks to the lovely ladies at 52 {C}CT who made it fun!

Stamps: SU! 'Festive Flurry' set, Hero Arts 'Wonderful Christmas' cling set
CS: SU! Coastal Cabana & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Danube Blue & Lilac Posies, SU! Coastal Cabana, Sharpie markers
Tools: SU! 'Festive Flurry' Framelits dies, Large Scallop Edgelits die, 1" & 1 1/4" circle punches, Simply Scored, Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder, Fiskars Snowflake punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Deborah Frings said...

Ruth - this is wonderful! I love the dimension with the free float snowflake. The gems coloured to match are a super detail. And, as always, the inside and envelope are just fab.

I've really enjoyed working with you on 52CCT and I'll miss seeing your fabulous ensemble sets each week, but hope to see you playing along.

Do you know, it's your cards that encouraged me to finish the inside of my cards? Thank you xxx

Peg Coombes said...

Just brilliant! I love different shaped cards and will be heading over to your tutorial to make one of these x

Louise van Vuren said...

Ruth, can't believe you're leaving 52, your cards are always an inspiration! Going out in style with this one too, I never heard of a floating front card before but will definitely be checking out your tutorial. Love the funky fun colours and your amazing attention to detail. I will really miss working with you, it's been an honour and a privilege and I do hope to see many many of your cards in bogland.

Louise xx

Asha said...

Oh my word! That is just awesome, Ruth. LOVE the big bold bright snowflake. This is a great twist on a trad Christmas item. Snowflakes do come in all shapes and colours! Have a grand weekend, my friend.
hugs, Asha

Anonymous said...

What a wonderfully dimensional card from you this week Ruth, and you are really going out in style. Still can't believe you're leaving the design team. Hope to see you in blogland my sweet. Hugs, Gill xx

Danielle Vincent said...

Oh Ruth I miss you already!! I have so enjoyed being on the team with you. Always an inspiration with your envelopes and decorated insides. This is really your most fabulous creation and if will be checking out your tutorial for sure. I know I'll still see you in blogland so it's not goodbye but see you soon! Hugs D

fabiola jaques said...

magnifique Ruth, très jolie réalisation, et merci pour le tutoriel, ce flocon est fantastique, biz

Jacqueline said...

We are all going to miss you and your gorgeous cards Ruth - please don't be a stranger and join in our challenges if you can.
This card is amazing - a floating card must have a go at this - your snowflakes are perfect for it and I love the way the non-traditional colours work so well - take care - Jacqueline xx

Alison C said...

Going out with a bang. Lovely, unusual card and thanks for the instruction. Sorry to hear you are leaving the DT but thanks for all your encouraging comments :)