Ink Blended Snowflake Background

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Ink Blended Snowflake Background

Hello there! I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to work fast and furious on Christmas cards, it seems like I never start early enough! Interestingly, today's card got its start as a tool that I used to make another card. Then I thought, what if I used this beautiful piece to create another card? What happened was this!
Now, you're probably wondering what "tool" I am talking about.  You see, this panel actual started its life as a stencil for another Scrappy Tails Crafts card I made. So, let's talk about how it all started.
I cut a piece of thick, white card stock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Then, I took the smaller snowflake dies from the Scrappy Tails Crafts Snowflake Spinner die set, taped them to the white card stock, and ran them through my die cut machine. I moved the snowflake dies around until my entire panel was die cut.
I ended up with this cool panel that I used as a stencil to create a panel similar to the one beside it. I was able to create quite a few backgrounds with this handmade stencil! 
After blending some ink through my stencil, the piece looked like this.
I thought it had potential. I stenciled more snowflakes with a navy ink, creating even more backgrounds with it! 
I liked what I was seeing on the stencil, but it wasn't ready yet.  I brought back both inks and started liberally applying ink, being careful not to rip any of the snowflakes. 
After ink blending, I thought that it was already looking like a winter sky. To add some 'snow' to the background, I splattered some water and white acrylic paint,  which left me with this beautiful piece. 
My navy ink actually turned purple when I splattered it with water, making it look like I used three colors instead of just two!
I die cut a smaller rectangle from the blended panel. I wanted a lot of pretty white space to show on my final card design. 
Now that I had this beautiful panel, I wanted to make sure I kept it my main focal point. I cut a larger stitched rectangle panel from white card stock.  I stamped the "Christmas Blessings" sentiment from the Scrappy Tails Cardinal Blessings 6x6 stamp set with the same navy blue ink.
I added foam tape to the back of the snowflake panel and adhered it to the white one. Then, I added foam to the back of the white panel and adhered it to a blue card base. There we have it, a piece that started as a tool and became a card of its own!
Thank you all for stopping by to read my blog today. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend! 
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