Thursday, January 1, 2015

House of Cards January Challenge: Let It Snow Center Step Card

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year.  I have some wonderful news to share with you today.  I am now on the House of Cards design team, and I am so excited to share my first inspiration card for this month's challenge. 

And so, here it is!!  This month's challenge is...

Use Glitter and/or Colors
glittered (blues)

I decided to use a bit of both the colors and a bit of glitter for my card.  And those of you who know me already know I like to use dimension a lot, as well as change up my card styles.  So I decided on this easy center step card.  There are tons of templates online, and HERE is the one I used for this card.


Sin City Stamps Winter Wonderland set; MME Chalk Studio paper pad; Ink pads: Smokey Gray (VersaFine), Black Soot (Ranger), White and Wisteria (ColorBox); Prima Doily die; Martha Stewart Skylands Snowflake punch; Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2 and Snowflakes dies; Snowflakes embossing folder; Stickles Crystal and Turquoise glitter glue; Card stocks: Dark Blue, Turquoise, Light Grey, My Mind's Eye Chalk 6x6 pad

Score, cut and fold dark blue card stock per center step card template and directions.

Add strips of MME print paper to each of the border sections.  Emboss turquoise card stock with snowflakes embossing folder and highlight with Alabaster chalk ink.  Adhere to center of card.
Punch three strips of the light gray card stock with the Skylands Snowflake punch.  Adhere to border areas of card, as shown.
Stamp skating children onto light gray card stock with Smokey gray ink.  Fussy cut, and add white charcoal pencil to ground (ice) area.
I decided I wanted the image to show up better, so I used a stamp positioner to stamp the image once again with Black Soot, offsetting it to add the shadow effect.
Adhere children image to card, as shown.  I added a bit of crystal glitter glue to the ice area.  I know it is hard to see in the photo, but it really looks pretty in person.
Stamp "Let it Snow" on light gray card stock and die cut with Fancy Tags 2 die.  Add shading with Smokey Gray ink.  Adhere to top of card with foam dots.  Add tiny dots of turquoise glitter glue to snowflakes.
Die cut a set of dark blue and turquoise snowflakes.  Add Alabaster and Wisteria chalk ink to the high spots.  
I only used these three snowflakes for this card, but save the others for another wintry project.  The die cuts out the center hole, making it quite easy to layer with a brad.
Add some turquoise glitter to the dark blue snowflakes, and add a light blue gem sticker to cover the silver brad.
Place to the left of the children, as shown.  

I hope I have inspired you to play along with us and to get some great cards made using these beautiful colors, and perhaps, some glitter!  

Come back each Monday this month for more inspiration from the DT.  We hope you will join us and share your beautiful creations.  Click HERE to be taken to the original challenge post to link up!  Please check the House Rules HERE before linking up.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!

Barbara xoxo


  1. HI Barbara welcome to our group as DT at HOC :)
    I do blog hop now to my team name is Monika...I love how you stamped two times the Image to make it more darker and lovely snowflakes you have, and that Embossed paper add a lovely texture on your card...Lovely winter card Barbara..see you soon on my Blog...hugs, Team mate, Monika

  2. Adorable scene! Welcome to the team Barbara and a Happy New Year to yo!

  3. I love the colors you've chosen of the girls in the dark chalk paper against the light snowflakes - -very pretty! It makes it feel very vintage and unique!

  4. Hi Barbara! Love your winter snow scene! Lovely vintage card! Happy New Year to you and welcome DT mate!

  5. Fabulous card and design, Happy New Year from another new HOC DT member!

  6. Beautiful card and congrats on the new design team, they are lucky to have are so talented.

  7. Barbara, this is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE all the amazing texture and I adore the fun skating theme! This is just stunning and I love that you shared a tutorial on how you made it, too! A WONDERFUL debut for us at HOC--I can't wait to see what else you have for us this year!!! HUGS and happy new year! :) Mynn xx

  8. Congrats Barbara!!!! Love your card!

  9. Congratulations Barb!! What a beautiful card! I am all about the glitter!!

  10. WOW this is gorgeous Barbara! I love that silhouette stamp and all of your beautiful details... fabulous design! Welcome to the team and Happy New Year!
    Hugs, Tammy

  11. Beautiful card!
    Happy New Year :)

  12. This is amazing! Just love the vintage feel! Welcome!!!

  13. This is gorgeous, I love the silhouettes and their shadows. Welcome to the team.

  14. Hi Barbara! Welcome to the HOC DT! Your card is beautiful! Love the silhouette image!

  15. Hi Barbara
    A fabulous debut at HoC. Welcome aboard teamie!
    Best wishes.

  16. Hi Barbara, Great card, love the vintage style.
    Lorry :o) xx

  17. I love your card, the dimension and the colors are awesome. :)

  18. WOW wow wow! My dear friend Barbara, what an AMAZING way to start your creative journey with us at House of Cards. Your taste is exquisite and your vintage creative touch is OH so beautiful. I am so glad that you have joined us and look forward to seeing all what your little crafty heart has in store for our inspiration. Beautiful job friend. Thanks for inspiring me today!

  19. Welcome, teamie! So glad you're joining us! Thanks for sharing your fab card and the tutorial. I love seeing how things come together!

    HOC DT

  20. Beautiful work...what a fabulous start to the new term! Welcome!

  21. Love your card! The stamp you used is awesome. I love the vintage feel! :) So glad that you are apart of the HOC team! :)

  22. What a wonderful winter card! Love the shiny snowflake you added!
    Thank you Barbara, for your nice comment about my Blog-Hop card and sorry for the long waiting - I was very very busy the last few weeks!
    Welcome to the team and best wishes for the New Year!
    Rosi x HOC DT-sister

  23. Hi Barbara. Really like what you did with the stamp. It worked well. Welcome to the HOC

    Take care
    Hugs Ma Dt HoC

  24. Gorgeous card! Love how you were inspired by the photo!
    Crafty Hugs,
    Ruza ~ HOC-Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner