Star Snowflake Stencil 3 Ways

Today I’m featuring the Star Snowflake Stencil.  My comfortable number of mass production is 3 cards so I decided to use 3 basic techniques with the stencil.


Armed with a mini ink blending tool, I went to work. Any guesses on what I used on my trio of cards?

Star Snowflak Stencil 3 Ways by Amy Tsuruta for Hero Arts

Let’s start with the basic design, the Let It Snow card:

Star Snowflak Stencil with Shadow Ink by Amy Tsuruta for Hero Arts

This was done using a tone-on-tone ink. I’m smitten with the Foliage Mix Layering Papers which contain four each of Pine, Grass and Celadon papers. I combined the Grass paper with the Lime Green Mid-Tone Shadow Ink. The sentiment is from Kelly's S'no Problem stamped with Cup O' Joe Mid-Tone Shadow Ink.

Next up is Sparkle Embossing Powder…who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?

Star Snowflak Stencil with Glitter Embossing by Amy Tsuruta for Hero Arts

I’m a huge fan of embossing buddies (anti-static pads), they make so that there is minimal embossing powder clean up but I always have a clean paintbrush handy in case I need to dust off any excess. I made sure to re-ink my embossing pad and used my mini ink blending tool. I repeated the process several times to make sure that the image was really loaded with the embossing ink. The Sparkle Embossing Powder adds such a fabulous amount of embossed glitter. I decided to use a sentiment from the  Sparkle Borders set with White Embossing Powder on a strip of black cardstock. The contrast adds a nice bit of zip to the design.

Star Snowflake Stencil with Glitter Embossing Close up by Amy Tsuruta for Hero Arts

Honestly, I love to heat emboss. I think it is a great way to add texture and pop to a design. This non-traditional color duo for the holidays makes me a happy crafter:

Star Snowflake Stencil with whie embossing by Amy Tsuruta for Hero Arts

Embossing is such an easy way to step up a design. My other 2 cards were primarily monochromatic so I knew I wanted to create a more colorful  design. I love to separate sentiments and get a whole new look with one stamp. Peace was easily fussy cut from the Peace & Joy stamp.

Star Snowflake Stencil with white embossing close up by Amy Tsuruta for Hero Arts

So, what do you think? Which is your favorite?

Thanks so much for stopping by!




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