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Monday, 2 March 2015

All That Glitters


This weekend I've been playing with glitter and shimmer and I think the 'Fairy Wishes' card above has to be the favourite card I've made to date. I know these cards aren't as professional as some of the card makers out there can make them, but I've only been doing this for just over 5 months now and I'm still learning. I've mentioned in other posts my reluctance to rubber stamp after the lack of success I had years ago when I tried to take up card making and failed at the first hurdle. I did try again a few times over the years and was unsuccessful again, so all the stamping stuff got put in a box, and shoved under the bed and forgotten about.

Last month the stamps came out from under the bed and I gathered together all the new stamp sets and put them in a drawer with the rest of my craft stash, progress of a sort. To help give me some inspiration I've taken out subscriptions for a few card making magazines, and picked up one off mags that have had some lovely stamping sets in them, with the wistful 'one day' idea. One of my favourites to date is "The Fairy Collection" that came with issue 138 of Cardmaking & Papercraft, it went in the stamp drawer and I've admired the cards published in C&P that other people have made using them.

To put the 'Fairy Wishes' card together this is what I used: - A free paper download from the Love Hunkydory Collection, you have to be a member of Club Hunkydory to download it, but once you are there are lots of freebies to download that make useful backgrounds and toppers. I used purple card and purple pearlescent paper from my stash to matt the layers. The dark floral iridescent coloured  border between the papers was done using Perfect Pearls 'Interference' colours on black card. Then after I'd set the pearl powder with water, I embossed the coated card and cut it to size. The tree scene-scape came from a free download from Papercraft Essentials, back in issue 107 they gave away a fairy stamp set, mirror card and the papers. I wasn't getting the magazine then so I don't have that fairy stamp sadly, but I could download the free papers, so I printed them off, the orange paper is still to be used.

Next I got my fairy collection cling stamp and stamped the fairy on to my background page and was amazed when it came out perfect. I did stamp the sentiment in black but it smudged, so I cut a small piece of leftover purple card and tried again, the inking was successful so I added some silver embossing powder to finish it off, it worked well I think. Finally I put it all together and finished it with a few purple sticky gems. When I look at the photo it seems to be missing something, dark purple or lilac ribbon trim methinks, so when I make another one I'll try that.



Something else I played with this weekend is colouring embossed areas on cards, my first attempt using Papermania tinsel gold embossing powder was a bit hit and miss, but it did add sparkle to the card. So I got bold and tried a larger card and embossing folder.  Once I'd embossing the card I took a foam pad and gently rubbed ink from a Hobbycraft gold 'Ink Pad' on it and dried it off with my heat gun. Once dry I added some clear embossing ink and some of the tinsel gold embossing powder and set it with the heat gun.

The final stage was to dust the card with gold coloured Perfect Pearls and set it with water. When it dried it has a lovely antiqued shimmery effect, the photo makes it look grubby but its a lot more sparkly and I was going for the distressed look. I added some gold coloured sticky back foam to the top and bottom using a fleur-de-lys die cut, I'm now waiting for inspiration to hit for the topper. I'm thinking maybe a sepia photo and gold frame or maybe a Parisian inspired design? I do like this technique though and will be making more use of it in the future.


Finally for now, the above is made from the leftovers! I had a small rectangle of black card and the pearl powder that was shaken off the paper for the Fairy Wishes card became mixed so it couldn't go back in the pot, instead I put it in a small clean pot to use to add sparkle, the feather die was free with Simply Cards & Papercraft a few months ago, the sparkle on them is different in real life but mimics the sparkle found on black bird feathers. The butterfly stamp came free with 'Docrafts Creativity' magazine and the dragonfly is from a Joanna Sheen Signature Die called Butterflies and Dragonfly that I got as a free gift when I subscribed to Papercraft Essentials last year. The butterfly and dragonfly were die cut from a piece of the card left over from the frame piece hence being a bit more colourful. Again I love this technique and will be using it a lot more in the future, although I don't have a use for the above elements yet, they'll go in a box until the write project comes along.

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