The challenge over at Less is More this week is to use non-traditional Christmas colours on your Christmas card - and the challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge is 'Sparkle'. So I combined the two with this card, which is also for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where it's always 'Anything goes':
- A6 white card blank
- a slightly smaller snippet of silver holographic card stock
- a slightly smaller again snippet of white card stock as the next layer
- the sentiment was stamped before I assembled any of the card, just using a stamp from Woodware's 'Large Patch Tree' set and SU's 'Pacific Point' ink pad
- an even smaller snippet of white card stock for the glittered trees. These were such fun to do and something different to the usual embossing although the technique is similar. I recently bought a pot of SU's 'Heat and Stick' powder and had been itching to have a play. This is how it goes. First of all you stamp your chosen image or sentiment using VersaMark and then sprinkle some SU 'Heat and Stick' powder over the stamped image/sentiment. I used a 'no-name pre-loved DoCrafts stamp with three squiggly trees on'. Then you gently heat it with a heat gun to make it go tacky before sprinkling glitter over (I used a bright fuchsia pink bought many years ago at a craft show) and then you reheat to 'set' it. I added a line of silver glitter in the same way, this time using my VersaMarker pen just to 'ground' the trees
- then cut out the image using a L'il Inkers Stitched Rectangle die and popped the rectangle onto the card using thin sticky fixers
A really fast card to make, once you gather up all the stuff needed - took me twice as long to clear the very fine glitter from everywhere though! Mind you, it's stuck fast to the card which is reassuring :) And it glitters beautifully but where I have to take my photos right now is a bit hit and miss with the lighting.
I think this technique would be great for glittering up sentiments, I did initially try it with the one I used today but it wasn't clearly defined enough for my liking so next time I play will use use a big and bold sentiment stamp to try out. Bet it could look really dramatic, without much else on a card to be honest! And, what a lovely way to glitter up stars and snowflakes too. BTW, my glitter is that really, really fine stuff!
Thankfully I made this card on Wednesday morning, yesterday was a wash-out and I was fit for nothing (except perhaps the 'knackers yard') all day. We had our flu shots on Wednesday afternoon and both suffered all day yesterday - still, better to be protected I guess. And I swear the nurse must play for the local darts team!