Card How To: Sparkle Thank You

Hello my crafty friends and welcome back! Today I want to share with you a card I made for an order I got about a week ago. I really love how this card turned out, it’s soft but also very sparkly. Let me show you what I created and how I did it.

First I started off by taping the Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass 1 stencil to a piece of A2 size Bristol Smooth paper. I like to use painters tape because it holds the paper and stencil in place without ripping the paper when it needs to be peeled off. I put the stencil off center so that the center of the stencil was more to the right of the paper. I then pulled out the Distress Oxide Inks I wanted to use. Starting at where the center is on the stencil (that I have to the right) I started blending with Spun Sugar. I blended with my mini ink blender from Tim Holtz, the round ones. Then, once I felt I had spread it out far enough, I started blending around that color with Milled Lavender. Once that was down, I went back with Spun Sugar to blend out any harsh lines. Next, I took Shaded Lilac and blended that out against the Milled Lavender and at some points went right to the edge. I then took Milled Lavender and blended out any harsh areas. Lastly I took Victorian Velvet and blended it onto whatever areas were still white on the paper and then I went back with Shaded Lilac and blended away any harsh lines. A lot of blending but it was totally worth it, I loved the soft colors and how they worked so well together. To bring the card up a notch, I decided to use my Gina K. Glitz Glitter Gel in Iridescent. I left the stencil where it was and just laid a nice layer of glitter paste over the ink blending I had just done. Be careful, you tend to pick up the color from the blending when smoothing the past over, try not to mix the two when you put what’s left over back in the jar. As soon as I felt I had the right amount of coverage, I immediately (and carefully) peeled my stencil off and took it right to the sink and washed it off. I learned the hard way that once glitter paste dries on your stencil, it’s ruined. Since it was so hot, it didn’t take long for the glitter paste to dry but I still set it aside for awhile while I worked on the sentiment for the front of the card.

Next, I took the Simon Says Stamp ‘Thank You’ heart dies and started die cutting. The solid heart piece I cut from regular vellum and the heart piece that has the ‘Thank You’ words in it, I cut from Tim Holtz purple metallic paper. Since I was working with vellum and a very delicate piece, I decided to use my Stick It adhesive.

I then peeled the backing off of the word heart and placed it on the vellum heart. The cool thing about Stick It is that it doesn’t fully adhere until you really press it down so you can move it around until it’s perfect. Once I had the word heart centered, I took my brayer and really stuck it down. I then peeled the backing off of the vellum heart and laid it over the center (to the right) of the stencil background and then used my brayer again to really stick it down. I was a bit worried it wouldn’t take because it was glitter paste but it stuck nicely.

Here is the final card! I really love how the front turned out. On the inside I used a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp ‘Take Heart’ stamp set. The first part of the sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink and the word ‘heart’ is stamped in Delicata Rose Gold pigment ink. This has to be one of my favorite thank you cards probably ever. It was simple to do but I feel it looks elegant as well. What do you think? Do you put glitter paste over your ink blending?

Thank you so much for stopping by today, your support means the world to me. Right now I am trying to post every Tuesday and Thursday. If there is anything you would like to see me do or try, please leave it down below! If you enjoyed today’s post and want to see more, feel free to follow this blog before you click out and if you want to see what I create and don’t share here, be sure to check out my Instagram which will be linked down below. Have a great rest of your day and have a fabulous week, I hope to see you back soon but until then, keep creating! XO Emma


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