Magic Snowflake

by Vickie Maduzia

Combine two easy techniques for a pretty look.


  • White Glossy Cardstock
  • Embossing Buddy™
  • Rubber Stamps
  • White Craft Ink
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Classic Re-inkers (two colors)
  • 91% Volume Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton balls


  1. Step 1

    Rub your Embossing Buddy™ over the piece of White Glossy Cardstock to reduce static.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp your image onto the glossy cardstock using White Craft ink.

  3. Step 3

    Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat set with Heat Tool.

  4. Step 4

    Put some rubbing alcohol onto the cotton ball (saturate it about half-way).

  5. While holding the wet cotton ball face up, carefully squeeze out 2 drops of your first color of re-inker onto the top left portion of the cotton ball, then 2 drops of your second color of re-inker on the right.

  6. Step 5

    Start dabbing the wet cotton ball all over the entire stamped piece, until the square is completely covered with color. The stamped image will disappear under the ink.

  7. Step 5

    Start dabbing the wet cotton ball all over the entire stamped piece, until the square is completely covered with color. The stamped image will disappear under the ink.

  8. Step 6

    Now here's the magic part! Use your heat gun again, point it right at the center of the snowflake and watch as the snowflake emerges out of the murky, inky mess - it really does look and feel like magic when you do it!

    Continue slowly moving the heat gun around, heating completely until the ink evaporates and the snowflake looks white and pretty again.

  9. Step 7

    Finish your card.

  10. Step 7

    Finish your card.



  1. Tips:
    Do NOT use metallic Encore ink with this technique, or the metallic ink will get embedded into the image and will look very icky.

    Although you can use any colors of re-inkers, I have found it's best to stay with coordinating colors (next to each other on the wheel) rather than contrasting colors. Better yet, use two shades of the same color (2 pinks, 2 greens, 2 blues, etc).

    Sepia look
    Use two brown tones for a sepia look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Magic Snowflake. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I tried doing this, however the snowflake didn't "reappear". I was using 99% you think that's the problem? Looking forward to your answer... Thanks!!! smile
MochaMama  |  Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 3:46 PM
Vickie would it be possible for you to give the name and color of the materials you used in
Magic Snowflake card. I love it. Thanks!
Nancy Cloud  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 5:42 AM
i just love this
kathi  |  Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 8:46 AM
I just LOVE this!
Taylor Prystawsky  |  Sun Apr 5, 2009 at 10:15 AM
This is great! So many ideas and so little time! Thank you for sharing this technique.
Cathy Sue  |  Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 3:30 AM
I have tried to make this card at least a dozen times. No matter what, the snowflake does not reappear purely white - it shows some of the ink and if using purple, the snowflake turns pink. Any suggestions? Thanks
Monica  |  Thu Oct 8, 2009 at 10:15 AM
I have done this same technique before but with a different twist. I let the ink completely dry then I covered the inked piece with a piece of cardstock and ironed off the ink form the resist. It worked every time. The iron should not be to hot or it wil melt the resist. Lift off the cardstock right away or it sticks. Using alcohol reinkers works best. This is a fun project with lots of possibilities. Thanks Vickie for showing it to us.
Judy  |  Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 8:57 AM
I just moved to Dallas and would love to be involved in any classes you put on! Please feel free to contact me via email if you are interested! Thanks!
Mary  |  Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 8:19 PM
hi, love this idea but do you have to use 91% volume rubbing alcohol or is there something else you can use?? thanls
Adele  |  Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 6:30 AM

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