PP122 Challenge: A “Flashing” Snowflake

I was so excited when I saw that the Paper Players had issued a “Clean & Simple: Gold or Silver” challenge this week. “Clean & Simple” is right up my alley, and the “Gold or Silver” part really excited me. My “to do” list has included “play around with sheet metal” for a couple of months, so this challenge was the push I needed to finally mark that item off my list. Here’s my card:

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Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Big Shot and Roof Flashing: BFF’s. I was a skeptic when I first heard about the Big Shot. Why would I need some big tool to cut things (when I own a pair a scissors – and, by the way, I only owned one punch at the time)? Pam Morris and Katy McGloin to the rescue! My friendly enablers brought their Big Shots over to my house, along with lots of cool materials that can be cropped, scored and shaped inside this table-top machine. One of those materials was roof flashing, which Katy had picked up at a home improvement store. That’s when I was sold, and it’s been downhill (rather, uphill) from there! It takes some careful bending and pulling to get all the pieces broken apart once the flashing has been run through the Big Shot, but what an effect when you’re done!
  • Clean and Simple? Not a lot going on with this card – that’s clean. The metal technique is slightly difficult – can it still qualify as simple? Of course! In my [professional] opinion, both phrases refer to the aesthetic of the finished product. While there are layers of card stock and a pretty nifty snowflake involved, this card is still clean and simple. End of discussion.
  • Layering. Pay attention to your layering to maximize the end effect. Take a quick look at the stamped snowflake in the center of the metal snowflake. I wanted that Whisper White card stock to have a border, so I punched a Midnight Muse circle to wrap around it. Then, I needed another Whisper White circle so that the Midnight Muse circle would not blend in with the background paper. Instead of stacking all of that on top of one another (boring!), I simply put the largest circle behind the snowflake. Made all the difference in the world.

Stamp sets: More Merry Messages, Four Seasons Inks: Midnight Muse Papers: Midnight Muse, Whisper White Accessories: 1″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Before you leave…check out the other entries in the Paper Players PP122 Challenge. And then click here to buy your Big Shot at a huge discount today only! Be sure to check out the other deals in the Online Extravaganza!


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  1. Oh so Handsome! I love this Midnight Muse & White, the layout and your metal star!

  2. WOW that looks awesome!! The Big Shot is one heck of a cutter!! I heard that you can cut pop cans too with this machine but I’ve always been afraid of messint it up. You just gave me the little push I needed to give this a try. Really pretty card Brian, thank you for the idea.

  3. Love it….I’ve used metal sheets too…..made a tealight holder out of one. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Love it! Really pretty!
    Never heard of using the the roof flashing before. The midnight muse color combination is awesome! I put my card swap in the mail to you yesterday. Excited to participate in your second card swap! :0)

  5. Brian, this is STUNNING!!! Wow! I have not been able to work with that big snowflake. Just can’t make it look good but you’ve knocked it out of the park!!! Fantastic card! Thanks for playing along and good luck!

  6. It’s a winner!

  7. Really stunning look with that “flashing” snowflake! I love your layout and those colors, oh my! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, Brian! ;D

  8. Beautiful!

  9. Sheet metal – yikes! Hope you didn’t injure yourself! Just kidding! Think I’ll stick with heavy foil 🙂 Great look, Brian!

  10. Awesome!!! Are the edges extremely sharp?? Love the colors too!

  11. Whoa…you`ve gone Heavy Metal on us!!! I`m like Suzie ,I have only used heavy duty foil…Looks good . I would be so nervous about putting my Big Shot to this task!!! But…you made a great card. It`s sort of out there and certainly not a wimpy kind of a snowflake …. when you said challenge you went for it seriously !!!

  12. Great effect; very elegant card:)

  13. Brian, I am new to your blog and boy am I glad I found you!! This card is stunning…love the way you twisted the “arms” of the snowflake a little..nice job.

  14. Very glad to have been of service, Brian! According to my sister Debbie, I am the Grand Enabler! Love, love, love your card. And for those who are interested in using flashing, texture folders leave lovely details on the flashing as well…… 🙂

  15. Love this card, Brian! Maybe I’ll make this for my Christmas cards. Looking forward to my next Triple Time kits from you! You seriously made my life easy with that kit. You are the best!

  16. Wowza, this is amazing! I wonder if DH has any of this laying around! Definitely a CAS stunner! LOVE the background and your center snowflake! Thanks for sharing it with us and playing with my Paper Players challenge this week!

  17. How unique and creative, Brian! A CAS stunner for sure! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

  18. WOW, this is a stunning card, Brian! How clever to use roof flashing. It makes an amazing snowflake and I love the silver paired with midnight muse. Delighted you shared this CAS beauty with us. Thank you for submitting a GD entry and playing along with us!

  19. Love it!

  20. Brian your flashing snowflakes is fabulous! I also love that you put another white layer behind your sentiment. It really makes it pop. Gorgeous card. So glad you joined the Paper Players this week

  21. Wow, that metal snowflake looks amazing!! So striking against the blue background! Thanks for playing along with the Paper Players this week!

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