Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Yummy Aspen Frost

Happy Wednesday!

Before I show you my card today, I wanted to thank you all for your wonderful, kind feedback on my first tutorial. I really appreciated all the sweet comments! :)

I've been playing with the Aspen Frost, 6x6 paper pad and loving it! I created a couple of cards so far and I'm sharing one of them with you today. I don't think I've ever created a card with NO stamping before - gasp! :)

It's a very simple card using these pretty papers, two Martha Stewart, snowflake punches and some fun Thickers. I used the dots from the i's and j's for the centers of the snowflakes. I'll be entering this into the Moxie Fab World's, Alphabet Stickers Challenge

Thanks for stopping by today! It's gloomy and dreary outside - the kind of day when I'm thankful I get to work among beautiful flowers - heading there now. Enjoy the rest of your week! :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Glittery Tutorial

Hey there!

I'm not sure why I decided to do a tutorial on this glittery technique, but it was fun, so I hope you enjoy it!

Before I get to the steps in the process, I wanted to answer a couple of questions I had from my last post here. You can use any glitter for this technique. I used Martha Stewart glitter on one card and Ranger's Distress Stickles - Dry Glitter on the other. I really think any glitter would work, but the ultra fine stuff is the best.

The other question was about adhering my banner sentiment onto the glittery hill. You cannot use Glossy Accents because it just soaks into the glitter. Tape runners and glue dots don't work either. I used a Ranger product from Claudine Hellmuth called, Studio Multi-medium Matte. It's a thicker, white, glue-like substance but does not dry as fast as Glossy Accents, so make sure you hold down the piece you are gluing for a few minutes. And it dries clear, which is awesome! Okay, onto my tutorial! It's my very first, so please be kind!

I taped the Hero Arts Christmas Ornament die onto a double-sided tape-sheet and ran it through my Cuttlebug. 

Then you need to peel off the white backing to expose the stickiness.

Adhere the die-cut onto a piece of white cardstock and peel off the red backing to expose the other sticky side.

Sprinkle your glitter onto the die-cut and rub it in good with your finger.

Then take a bone folder (mine is pretty dirty!) :) and burnish the glitter so it sticks really well to the adhesive on the die-cut.

If you're using a light colored glitter, you can stamp directly onto the glittery ornament!

Then you need to die-cut the ornament again.

Isn't it pretty?!

Here's the card I created using the ornament die. The Tiny Flakes in the background is a Hero Arts stamp and so is the sentiment. 

I couldn't stop at just one, so I made another ornament using the same technique with red glitter. This time I used a white gel pen to draw the ornament shape and add white dots. It works great right on top of the glitter! That cute snowman paper is from Doodlebug Design. It's from their 6x6 paper pad called, North Pole and I can't stop using it - so darn cute!

If you'd like to see the cards from my previous post, using this same technique to create snowy hills, click here.

Sorry this is such a long post but I'm hoping you enjoyed the tutorial and you'll try this fun technique!

Happy stamping (and glittering!)   :)

A Glittery Weekend

Happy Saturday!

I love glitter - don't you?! I know, I know, it gets everywhere, even on the my kitty, but I still love it, especially for Christmas cards!

Awhile back, Jennifer McGuire shared how she's been using glitter lately, and I wanted to give it a try. She uses double-sided tape - actually, they're double-sided "sheets." Then she adds the glitter and burnishes it with a bone folder. I love how easy this technique is, and you can die-cut with it, stamp on it, color it with markers or Alcohol Inks - endless possibilities!

So, I've been playing lots with the double sided sheets and glitter, and have been loving the results! 

For this first card, I just cut a double-sided sheet into the shape of a hill, stuck it onto some white cardstock, pulled off the red covering to expose the stickiness and added my glitter. I then added that to the bottom of my card - so easy!

 I wanted to see if I could use two different glitter colors, so I tried it on this next card and it worked great! I wanted it to look more blended, with no distinct line in between the colors, so I just added some of the blue glitter right over the top of the white, before burnishing it. I even stamped the sentiment directly onto the glittery hill - so fun! And do you see my sky? I inked it with Memento Summer Sky ink, then used my Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber to add some whispy clouds.

The neat thing about this technique is after burnishing the glitter with a bone folder, the glitter stays on really good and there is no mess - love that! 

I'm working on a little tutorial using the same technique with die-cuts and more stamping on top of the glitter. As soon as I have all the photos uploaded, I'll share it with you.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)