This is a technique I've done before but use way too infrequently - dry embossing. This time, the space around the embossed snowflakes is heat embossed and the snowflakes themselves are sanded & inked, making them "pop". The bird in the circle window is actually a cupcake topper I found at World Market - there are also stars, reindeer, and something else in the package. I love finding items not typically meant for paper crafting and incorporating them into my projects!
This is probably my favorite card so far. Today is day 4 so I'll be using those ideas as I create tonight...about to go watch the videos...wonder what treat is awaiting?!?!