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Angie McKenzie | Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator - USA | Making others smile... one creation at a time.

Sparkling Snowflakes for the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop - December 2023 | Technique Challenge


Stampin' Up! Sparkling Snowflakes Christmas card preview | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie
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Hello and welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!  We are glad you have joined us and look forward to spending time with you as we share inspiration with you about the Swooshing Technique.  So sit back and enjoy your favorite cuppa as you enjoy your trip Around the World on Wednesday!

Today's Project

Watercolor Swooshing is one of my favorite background techniques.  It is fun to get inky with this technique so I usually try to contain the mess with a clear block.  These are the cards I created from one created background!

Stampin' Up! Sparkling Snowflakes Christmas cards | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

I started the fun by white heat embossing a sheet of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  Once it was cool, the fun began by spritzing the paper with water.  The Clear Block D was tapped on the Lost Lagoon ink pad and smooshed all around the spritzed watercolor paper. 

Stampin' Up! Sparkling Snowflakes Smooshing Technique background | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

While the background was drying, it was time to create the other elements of the card.  The Perennial Postage die was extended a few notches to fit the adorable image from the Festive & Fun stamp set.

Stampin' Up! Sparkling Snowflakes Christmas card details | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The Festive & Fun image was colored with a variety of Stampin' Blends to create a natural look to compliment the background.  

Stampin' Up! Sparkling Snowflakes Christmas card - Stampin' Blends colors | Nature's INKspirations by Angie. McKenzie

The extended postage stamp was embossed with the "canceled postmark" die in the upper left corner.  The Crumb Cake card base was randomly stamped with the medium detailed snowflake using VersaMark ink.  The More Wishes sentiments were stamped with Pretty Peacock ink and fussy cut.

The watercolored background paper was cut in half and adhered to a Crumb Cake cardstock layer with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Linen Thread was double-wrapped around the layers and tied off with a bow.  The backing was double layered with cardstock to create a subtle elevation.  The postage stamp and sentiments were adhered over the Linen Thread with Stampin' Dimensionals and a tad of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Stampin' Up! Sparkling Snowflakes Christmas card - inside | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside of the card was layered and stamped to compliment the card front.  The snowflake image was generational stamped with Lost Lagoon ink.  The Wishes All Around sentiment was stamped with Pretty Peacock ink.  The Basic White Medium Envelope front and flap were stamped to complete the card ensemble.



This is Us - The AWOW Team | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

We are such a diverse and fun group of stampers from all over the world!  Eleven (11) of my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends are joining me today in this worldwide hug that stretches all the way from New Zealand to Hawaii across twelve different time zones.  We love sharing sunshine with you through projects from our individual parts of the world on these second Wednesdays of the month.  I hope that you are being filled with lots of inspiration. 

More Inspiration

I hope this project has helped you imagine different ways you can create cards using this amazing fun-fold.  Now, hop along with me, Angie McKenzie, to see more Wednesday inspirations from my amazing friends Around the World.  Just click the daisy below to go to my friend, Tricia, as she shares her creative  project, or scroll down the name list to follow along because you sure don't want to miss any. 

Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Tricia Butts - US

Bree Renwick - US

Lori Willcox - CA

Cheryl Hamilton - US


Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world!
Have a blessed day!
Stampin' Up! Sparkling Snowflakes Christmas cards that you can make, too! | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

Here's What You'll Need to Get Started...


  • Clear Blocks A, B, C, D, H; Grid Paper; Paper Trimmer; Paper Snips; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Heat Tool; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals


  • Sparkling Snowflakes Photopolymer Stamp Set; Festive & Fun Cling Stamp Set; More Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set; Wishes All Around Cling Stamp Set 


  • Lost Lagoon, Pretty Peacock and Pebbled Path Classic Stampin' Pads; VersaMark Pad; Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, Pretty Peacock, Lost Lagoon, Wild Wheat, Real Red, Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Combo Packs


  • Crumb Cake and Basic White Cardstocks; Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Basic Essentials Embossing Powders; Perennial Postage Dies (SNEAK PEEK from the upcoming January-April 2024 Mini Catalog); Linen Thread

Suggested products for this project | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie 

You can purchase any of these supplies from my online store if you live in the USA and do not already have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator.

Time to Use Your Paper Trimmer!


  • Basic White - 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" (x2); 3-1/2" x 5"  
  • Fluid 100 Paper - 5" x 7" 
  • Crumb Cake - 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" (card base); 3-3/4" x 5" (x3); scraps for layering


  1. What a super background for the rhino and his friends! I like that the colour is subtle yet textured. It highlights the snowflakes but doesn't dominate the main image. Very cleverly done!

  2. Very nice project Angie! It's almost a shame to hide such work! xx

  3. Such a beautiful background for your simply adorable cards.

  4. This technique is new to me & I love the way each card turns out differently! Fun card!!


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