Video: Snowfall Background

Hi there. Fall has arrived and it’s time to start cranking out some holiday cards! Today’s video shares how to add a fun snowfall background to your card. Oh – and I also show how I fixed a few mistakes along the way.

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To create this happy card, I masked off three sides of a top folding note card and applied dots of Matte Multi Medium right along the edge of the mask working my way down the card to create a snowfall scene. While the adhesive was still wet, I shook on some Prills. Prills are a new-to-me and they are similar to microbeads. There are a variety of sizes in each jar and come in many different color combinations. I used the pearl color on this card.

I then added a fussy-cut, Copic-colored elf from the adorable My Favorite Things Santa’s Elves stamp set. I replaced the present image with a heart that I die cut out of white cardstock and colored with a matching Copic marker. After adhering the elf under the snowfall, I added a strip of pearl cardstock and heat embossed a coordinating sentiment. I did this to cover up a heat embossed sentiment that I didn’t like.

Confession: I do this a lot. I change gears. I mess up. And that’s okay! That is part of the fun of cardmaking. In the end, adding a small strip of cardstock saved the day. (Insert happy dance here!)

I also want to mention that my card was heavily inspired by a card created by my friend to Cristina Kowalczyk. Thanks for letting me share this technique, Cristina! (By the way, be sure to check out her awesome book HERE.)

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My Favorite Things released a lot of great product today! You can see it all HERE. There are some great ones in there, including glitter cardstocks and more.

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62 thoughts on “Video: Snowfall Background”

  1. Cute card, Funny you used Prills today,,,I just watched a video the other day about them and just assumed they were a thing of the past since I haven’t seem them much (I’m fairly new to card making). They’re a refreshing change from other types of embellishments.

  2. Adorable card! Thanks for sharing the card you used for inspiration as well as how you corrected something you weren’t happy with on your card. It is very helpful to see a peek into the creative process of other cardmakers!

  3. Such a cute card. I never heard of Prills before but they look like they are not as messy as glitter, and look like a good idea for snow. I would like to try them. The elf is really cute. Thanks for the video. I always learn something new from you.

  4. I really enjoyed this video. I have found stamping to be very forgiving – once even at work I was passing around 2 cards for signatures. One was a birthday card and one was a sympathy card. My friend got mixed up and wrote a very inappropriate comment on the sympathy card. I took it home and added another layer which covered that comment but looked OK. That card is so cute, I really love the prills, have to try them. Thanks for the inspiration

  5. Fantastic card! Love the texture of the snow. Your video is inspirational as always…great tips on fixing mess ups…very helpful for not wasting product and saving time. Thank you!

  6. hello there.. jenn… awesome… thanks for such an awesome video tutorial… and how you changed things up and with your genius cardmaking skills? yep its that challenge i loved to see how u so swiftly and smoothly turned that card into a masterpiece:) thanks for sharing and taking your valuable time and showin your efforts to help us all learn…

  7. WOW…love your video….not only a neat beautiful card, but also really like how you “fixed” and area you thought needed fixing….as always I learned something new…how to change up a card in mid stream.

  8. This is what I love about a boo boo….I find a lot of times that the fix makes the card even more interesting! Like in this case, the hill detail with the black just POPS so much better than the plain white. So fabulous! TFS Jennifer (PS just because I love a stamp set doesn’t mean that you have to make a video and make me want it more! Bwahhaaahaaa!)

  9. I love this card! I just used some micro beads I’ve had for ages and realized how beautiful those little beads look on a card frame. I’ll have to check out the Prills. Thank you, Jennifer.

  10. I try to think of my “mistakes” as creative opportunities. Nice to know that our stamping heroes have those moments as well. Thanks for keeping it real.

  11. Thanks for sharing your darling card design and the neat way you added snowflakes to it. I don’t have any Prills but I might try that with other mediums to create a similar affect. And you are so clever the way you covered up the mistake. I have to try and remember to do that myself. This really added to the design by doing that cover up I think.

  12. I’ve been eyeing up those prills for a while now and saw them used on MFT’s blog along with their soda pop stamp set on a shaker as bubbles! Snow is awesome too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Cute card! Love the snowfall! It was SO great that you showed how you changed direction on your card and the way you “fixed” it. That has inspired me to go back and look at the pile of cards I have started but didn’t like the way it was going. I’m going back to see if the thin strip will save some of them!! 🙂

  14. Well you are the most graceful artist. Flaw repairs are sometimes daunting….love that particular fix! Love the card and the pirlls….Those look like so much fun!!! Thanks!

  15. What an adorable card! I can’t wait until my Elves get here :o) Also, thanks for showing us how YOU fix some mistakes – we all can use tips on that!

    1. I have very little kids, and that would be my concern about prills. They really do look like candy, especially the colored ones available at Simon Says Stamp.

  16. I love when you show what you do to change directions on your cards. It helps me get ideas when I have mess ups on my cards what I can do to save them. Thank you.

  17. Super cute card! Enjoyed the video too. I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have a mistake to fix or something to change on anything I create 🙂

  18. Cute, cute card. Loved your explanation of how you corrected something you didn’t like. I think I do this more than getting it right the first time, but such is creativity! (at least for me) 🙂

  19. It’s always good to know that even our heroes can make mistakes. Thanks for teaching us a good lesson in reviving our errors!

  20. Thank you for posting this video on the adorable elf card! Jennifer I really enjoy watching your videos & you are so talented. This is a cute card! I enjoy your all your tips & techniques as well ,

    I’m a genuine Jennifer McGuire video fan !

  21. What a sweet card 🙂 It’s always nice to get some tips on how to “fix” mistakes or things we don’t like. I change my mind constantly while putting cards together! Thanks for the tips!

  22. Adorable card. Thanks for showing your mistakes, it makes cardmaking more fun to know even the greats make one every once in awhile.

  23. Adorable! I never thought of using my micro beads in this way, great idea! Love that you fixed that “mistake” my motto is “There are no mistakes, only opportunities to be more creative.” Looks like you craft by that motto too. Thanks!

  24. Everybody makes mistakes or isn’t quite happy with something, so ideas on how to fix them is great. Thanks! Cute card, too!

  25. Just found Prills the other day in our local LSS! Love how you used them. Great technique for covering a whoops moment. Thanks for the idea.

  26. Super cute, Jennifer. I love seeing how other people “correct” things they didn’t like during their process. There most often is a way to save the project. TFS!

  27. Excellent video on how to make fake snow!! My first intro to prills! Also so good to see how a mistake can be corrected without tossing the card!

  28. Thanks for showing us that even great card makers like you make and fix mistakes. Love the snow and Torico’s stamps.

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