Cozy Thoughts

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Now that Christmas is over, it’s easy to pack away the seasonal stamps, embellishments and papers to begin working on other projects that hark of spring, however you may want to keep your wintry supplies out for another month or two.

Winter, after all, has really just begun. As the festivities of Christmas, and other winter holidays are wrapping up, we’re heading into the coldest, darkest parts of winter. During the cold months of January and February people struggle with loneliness and depression more than any other time during the year. There’s no better time to send people a card to let them know you’re thinking about them.

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For these cards I used some leftover cozy felts elements and my shimmery embossing paste to make some cozy winter scenes. I started by cutting a square piece of watercolor paper with my stitched shapes dies. Then I used my Gorgeous Grape, Night of Navy, and Seaside Spray Stampn’ Write markers to color some splotches on clear wrap from one of my packs of paper. I spritzed some water on the marker ink and placed my watercolor paper on top. (You can see me use a similar technique in this video.)

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I added my cut-out animals (all watercolored using ink smashed into the lid of my ink pads) with felt elements glued onto them. I save my tiny plastic zip sealed bags that some of my Stampin’ Up! items ship in. For the snow on my cards, I added some of my shimmery white embossing paste to one of these little bags and snipped off one of the bottom corners. This gave me a piping bag to pipe on the snow at the bottom of each animal as well as the snowflakes.

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All that was left was adding my square onto a notecard and stamping my sentiment in a coordinating color.

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What do you have in your crafty stash that you can use to make winter a little more cozy for those you love? I’d love to hear and see your ideas in the comments below!

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