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The holiday cards have all been sent and received, and it is not quite time for Valentine's Day cards, so why not work on a few winter scene cards? A silent, serene winter scene can be used for many different card-giving opportunities from "thinking of you" to sympathy. I have a few tips and suggestions on how to create wintry backgrounds from soft and subtle to shiny and sparkly.

The winter days are short and the sun is hard to find most days. Thus, when you are creating a winter-themed card, you will most likely begin with a traditional white or blue/gray backdrop of color on cardstock. Patterned paper is also an option. Many times you can even find papers with a snowy feel to them. Snowflakes, small Swiss dots, slightly larger polka dots, small grids or other small tone-on-tone designs can make a great base for your winter scene. Swiping inks in blues, grays or shades of whites and cream can create snowdrifts or heavy clouds on the verge of releasing the cold, wet flakes from the sky.

If you are one that prefers to stay with the traditional white for a wintry effect, you can still add interest and texture with embossing folders. Grab a snowflake-patterned design or your favorite polka dot to create the look of snow without adding any color or embellishments.

In keeping with the all-white look, you can add texture with stencils and embossing paste or a glossy-texture spray such as Goosebumps by Tsukineko. Simply lay down the stencil and then add the medium of choice. Once the stencil is removed, you have a beautiful and subtle effect. Another subtle technique to try is stamping with embossing ink or pigment ink, and then adding clear, white or even silver embossing powder. After adding heat to melt the powder, a touchable snowflake emerges that will not melt. The same technique can also be used with a glue ink pad and by adding flocking to create fuzzy flakes.

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If you are more of the type of crafter that wants to add bling and shine to your cards, you can add glitter, sequins, pearls, gems and even small brads or buttons to complete your winter wonderland. Simply punching snowflakes from paper or vellum adds a lovely touch to any card in the winter months.

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As you can see, there are many different ways you can add interest to your wonderful winter-wonderland cards.

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