There are two challenges to make "winter" cards this week. One is Joan's Garden challenge #40, and the other is the Oozak November challenge. For 365 Cards Day 246 the challenge was to "say it with flair" - have one item on your card that really "POPS!" Sandy Allnock recently did a card that had clear embossing on a black background, and I decided a nice bright snowflake would "pop" on black.
This card uses three Stampin' Up! snowflake stamps for the embossed background of irridecent snowflakes on black. The bright snowflake is also by Stampin' Up! - both the stamp and the punch that does all the fine cutting for you.
I wanted my punched snowflake to sparkle, too, so I used Versa Mark and the iridescent embossing powder to give it two coats of sparkle. Multilayer embossing is a technique that I haven't used in awhile, so it fits for the Our Daily Bread challenge to Operation Write Home. However, there's a limit of one card per person on that challenge, and I already submitted one. Even with the double embossing, the snowflake didn't "pop" enough for me, so I punched a second snowflake from glossy white card stock and layered it under as a "shadow" to the flake. That made it work for me. Of course, to attach the snowflake to the card I used the Xyron Create-a-Sticker.