Exploring Patterns with the Christmas Cookies Snowflake with Ardyth

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Hello! It's Ardyth and I'm happy to be here on Catherine's blog today with a couple of cards that I made with goodies from the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection.

Does this happen to you? When I got this wonderful collection of goodies, I worked my way through, trying to use as many different products as I could. And I love them all, and I had a lot of fun! But somehow when I got to the big, simple snowflake included in the Christmas Cookies stamp set, I got stuck. I just kept making cards with it!

I love patterns and exploring how shapes work when they are repeated, and these two cards show just a couple of ways that this snowflake stamp can be used in an unusual, geometric way.

I started both cards by stamping a snowflake in the centre of my white panel, and then adding on, making sure that the ‘arms' touched to create enclosed shapes. I went very minimal on the first card, and branched out (haha!) on the second. But even on the second, I knew the pattern I wanted to colour in, and stamped the minimum number of snowflakes to allow me to do that.

Once I had my desired patterns stamped, I coloured the resulting diamond shapes with my Copic markers, blending various shades to create dimension. I added a thin coat of clear glitter glue over top of the coloured areas for some sparkle and used sentiments from the Holiday Mix stamp set to finish the cards.

Of course, you could go even further and cover the whole card with this pattern and colour in portions and create even more looks. You could stamp the snowflakes themselves in different colours, you could stamp them with versamark, and then emboss in white for a different look – the possibilities are endless! Now you understand how I got “stuck” on this one simple stamp!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope I've inspired you to explore your stamps and the different patterns they can create.

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