Happy 2021! We made it through 2020 and have emerged into a brand-new year. Have you made any resolutions? My resolution for this year is to be kind to myself. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and that leads to me being my own very harsh critic – so I’m now working on not being! The other thing I intend to focus on is to enjoy whatever it is I’m doing, even if I can’t create a masterpiece.
With that in mind, this week’s post is a Winter Cake. You may have heard them called Christmas cakes but if they’re not finished until January, it’s a Winter Cake! It’s true!! With all the food we had to be eaten by less people due to the late Tier change rules, we really didn’t need the cake. However, we’ve now ploughed our way through the festive goodies and so it was time for the cake to make an appearance. I made the fruit cake way back in October using Nigella Lawson’s Boozy Christmas cake recipe. I also used a cake belt for the first time. It was genius! The cake rose evenly whilst baking and a cake with a perfectly level top emerged from the oven. I hate marzipan so I just went straight in with some fondant icing and covered the cake. I would normally ice the board too but I hadn’t bought enough fondant.
I went for a snowflake theme since the weather is chilly at the moment and cut out a load of snowflakes in different sizes with my handy cutters.
Using vodka as adhesive, I stuck the snowflakes onto the cake in a random fashion and added a few around the board too. I mixed up some icing and piped dots in between the flakes and then finished with a blast of edible pearlized spray to give a glittery look.
All that’s left now is to eat it! Mr L’s birthday is in early January so our healthy eating doesn’t begin until after that – very handy indeed!
This week’s project is a fun card, giving a little surprise to the recipient. When the card is opened, the snowflake spins around. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a spinning snowflake, you can use any shape. I include a star shaped card at the end which looks really cool!
To begin, I cut the aperture from the card base and layers. To get them to line up perfectly, I layered the pieces without gluing, placed my circle die and held them all in place with a post-it note for running through the Big Shot. The card base didn’t cut through as there were too many layers but it did leave an impression so I knew where to put the die the second time around.
Next, I stamped my snowflake images and cut them out. They seemed a little flimsy for my purpose so I cut another 2 snowflakes from thick Whisper White card and stuck one to the back of each stamped image. I sandwiched a length of beading elastic down the centre of the two snowflakes to make the spinning element. I have also seen people use dental floss or fishing line for the supporting line; I tried embroidery floss to begin with and that didn’t work very well.
I glued the DSP onto the mat layer and then the two ends of elastic were adhered top and bottom of the aperture on the back of the mat layer.
This whole panel was then glued onto the card base, using plenty of strong adhesive at the elastic anchor points.
Using the Snowflake Wishes stamp set, I stamped the liner and my sentiment.
To make it spin for the recipient, just twist the spinner round 4 or 5 times before placing it in the envelope. Here is the finished card in action!
After completing this card, I wanted to see if it would work with a more complex shape so made this one using the Stitched Stars dies and Brightly Gleaming DSP. It did!
Having bought the Snowflake Splendour DSP, I thought I’d better make an effort to use it! The pack handily gives the coordinating colours so it’s easy to choose a colour scheme for your project. I used Balmy Blue and Highland Heather as I like to try some non-traditional Christmas colour schemes for a bit of a change.
First, I die cut a circle of Balmy Blue glimmer paper and Whisper White card. I then cut the snowflake into the glimmer paper using the large snowflake die from So Many Snowflakes and glued this on top of the white circle.
The background was cut from a sheet of the DSP and adhered to the card base.
I use the stamps from Snowflake Wishes to decorate the card liner and envelope and for my greeting.
The last job was to assemble the card, adhering the snowflake element to the top. I could have popped it up on foam dimensionals but left it flat for easier posting.
For my second card, I used Highland Heather and a retired glimmer paper which goes really well with the colours in the Snowflake Splendour DSP.