I am pulling a card from the archives tonight. I have spent the last few days designing, cutting, prepping and bagging materials for this month's card class. I really love the cards this month. They are a nice mixture of simple and intricate, clean and vintage, soft and bright. That is my goal every month but this month I think I succeeded. I can't wait to start showing them on Thursday night.
This is a card I made for my Bling Swap at last year's convention. I actually participated in two of those swaps. I will have to check to make sure I showed the other card as well. The swap guidelines instructed us to use bling in the form of rhinestones, shimmer spray, dazzling details, glimmer paper, shimmery white cardstock...and I went a little crazy with it.
I used a little bit of everything! Rhinestones...check. Shimmer Spray...check. Shimmery White Cardstock...check. Glimmer Paper...check. It is a little hard to see in the picture but it is very sparkly in real life.
To create the background effect I made three color mists with shimmer.
Alcohol, Pool Party reinker, Frost White Shimmer Paint
Alcohol, Crumb Cake reinker, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
Alcohol, Rich Razzleberry reinker, Frost White Shimmer Paint
I sprayed the Pool Party mixture onto Shimmer White cardstock, then the Crumb Cake mixture, letting it dry between colors. After the Crumb Cake spray was dry, I sprayed with the Rich Razzleberry mixture. While it was still wet I pressed the piece onto the bottom of the Color Catcher box. Any corrugated cardboard box will work. The lines and splotches are from the box, it makes really interesting patterns!
I also sprayed the Crumb Cake cardstock with a mixture of alcohol and Soft Suede reinker and the colored shimmer sprays on each of the matching butterflies.
When I am making cards for a swap I always agonize over the design so you know I have a few more...
This one was the first attempt. I liked the layout but I thought the Early Espresso layer was a little too stark in contrast with the Silver Glimmer Paper on the side.
On this one I used Whisper White Cardstock that I edged with the 2-way Glue Pen and then coated in Dazzling Diamonds. I liked this better but it was just a little too bright compared to the rest of the card. Luckily I got a new order of Silver Glimmer Paper so I could use that for the layer which I really liked and thought worked perfectly for this swap.
Stampin' Up! Supplies:
- Stamps: Papillon Potpourri (w: 123757, c: 123759), Pretty Postage (w: 123095, c: 123097)
- Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Shimmery White
- Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
- Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Stampin' Spritzers (101610), Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Postage Stamp Punch (122344), 1" Square Punch (124094), Brights Designer Paper Stack (117155), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)
- The Silver Glimmer Paper has a textured surface that makes it a little difficult to get other cardstock to adhere to. For me, patience was key (and not easy for me!) in getting all of the layers to stay together. I used Tombo Mono Multi Glue, pressed it down well and then left it alone until the glue dried. I found the more I handled the paper while the glue was wet, the more likely the layers would come apart.