This is the snowflake from the Provo Craft Cricut Christmas cartridge cut at 4″.
First I cut 2 snowflakes out of white chipboard. This white chipboard is actually the backing to a paper pack that I tore apart. I tried using chipboard that I recycled from a cereal box but I was not having any luck. It has rained so much here and the humidity is so high that the cereal box chipboard felt damp and would not cut correctly.
I also cut two snowflakes out of blue colored cardstock. I used pale blue coarse German glass. You can click on the picture and enlarge it to see the beautiful color of the German glass.
TIP: Make sure the color background of your item is close to the same color of your glitter or German Glass. When you do this, if you miss a place it is not as obvious as it would be if the white was showing through. Once all the snowflakes were glued together I used the Basic Grey files to get in between the cut out areas and file away any burrs and define the detail of the snowflake.
I ran both the two white chipboard snowflakes and the two blue cardstock snowflakes through a Xyron machine and glue the white to white and then adhered both blue cardstock snowflakes to each side of the white snowflake. This makes the snowflake very dimensional and puts the white chipboard in the middle.
Put an eyelet in so it can hold ribbon or wire. I originally started to put the glue on with a foam brush. However, the glue dried out too much and it was too thin to hold the coarse German Glass on the snowflake.
TIP: You need to use a semi-thick consistency glue that will dry clear. I use Art Glitter Designer Adhesive (www.artglitter.com) because it is excellent for glitter and German Glass. It is a little pricey ($18.59 for 8oz.) but it has lasted me for a long time and it works great.
I found that if you dab the glue in a small area at a time and then pour the German Glass over it, it adheres better. This process takes a little while and I took two days letting one side dry and then did the other side.
Once dry, I went back and looked over it to see if there were any areas that I missed. Well of course there was…. because with coarse German Glass it is too large and will not get in all those little twist and turns and edges.
To fill in those areas, I put on additional glue and used a very fine glitter in a color that was close to the German Glass. Coarse German Glass does not have the eye popping glitz that glitter does so by adding the fine glitter it really makes the snowflake shine and catch light.
Warning: German Glass is not glitter. It is little shards of glass and should not be used on items where children will be handling them. So be sure and be very careful.
My Mother’s favorite color is blue. Her B-card is white and blue and her little snowflake ornament will be an additional surprise. I need to find a little box to put it in, oh wait, I think I can have my Cricut Expression cut me one. There it is another project, I don’t think it ever ends.