I hope that everyone’s summer is going well. Before we know it fall will be here and we will be prepping for the holiday season! I know don’t hate me for saying that. For me, summer can never be long enough, but autumn is my favorite season. Today, I will be showing a card that I made that correlates with a recent class I did which focuses on adding bright and shiny elements to your card to really make it shine!
For adding shine, we want to make sure that it isn’t blinding. We do not want the wonderful blingy accents to take over the design of the main stamps, dies, or focal points being used. We can add shine and bling to cards in numerous different ways. Here are a few:
- Metallic Card Stock
- Glitter Card Stock
- Mica Sprays
- Embellishment Mousse
- Gemstones/Enamel Dots
- Glitter Pens/Inks/Paints
- Embossing Powder
For the following card, I decided to use a few of these. I used embellishment mousse and metallic embossing powder. I also decided to used some of my precious metallic card stock. I really love the colors that I used in this card, and I find it is a mix of summer and autumn colors, playing beautifully together.
Featured is Altenew’s Wonderland stamp set. I really like how the floral image is sectioned so that each can be a different shade or color. For the stamp image I used Zig Clean Color markers, in a variety of orange-reds, and corals. The metallic frame was created from a bronze/copper shade by Craft Perfect using an Art Impressions rectangle die set. I added some additional shine by adding embellishment mouse from Nuvo on some of the tips of the flowers. The sentiment is from the Altenew Inked Rose stamp set, stamped in Autumn Blaze from their ink collection as well. I didn’t want to use a stark white background so I used a biege/cream color instead. I thought that a kraft background suited best with the color scheme. For even more sparkle I splattered the background with both distress mica spray and some metallic watercolor from Altenew in bronze. You can find the supplies I used below.
I hope that this post and card inspire you, to “shine like a diamond” and show off your skills. There is nothing better than seeing someone smile when you hand them a beautiful bright shining card to brighten their day. And as I say, we can bring hope to the world with just one card at a time!