Friday, December 28, 2018

Let it shine!

I took a break from my Altenew Educator Certification Program classes so I could keep up with the holidays.  Now that the big one is over, I'm back at it!

The class I did this time is called Let It Shine.  It's all about ways to add shine, glitter and glitz without having to use a lot.  The instructor had lots of great tips using everything from enamel dots to mirror cardstock.  In fact, she had so many awesome ideas that I had a hard time choosing which one I wanted to focus on!  I actually started two different cards but finally picked one.  The other one I have turned into a birthday card for my son.

Here is my completed card.

I started with a an A2 sized piece of white Neenah 110lb paper.  Near the bottom of the paper I placed a piece of 1/4" Scor-Tape.  I then placed a strip of 1/8" Scor-Tape above and below it.  Next I picked out a blue and teal glitter from my stash.  I carefully peeled up the 1/4" tape backing to reveal the sticky side.  I sprinkled the glitter over the strip, dumped off the extra and burnished it with my finger.  Yep, I totally got my glitter on today!  I cleaned my craft mat using a piece of a dry swiffer cloth to pick up the glitter.  Then I repeated the process with the 1/8" strips and the teal glitter.

Check out all that shimmer!!

On to phase two!  I had already picked out the stamp and die set that I wanted to use.  Mega Greetings 2 and the Mega You die.  I took a scrap piece of white cardstock and rubbed the Starlight Blue ink pad all over it.  It was the closest Altenew blue ink to the blue glitter that I used.  I went over the paper a couple of times until I got complete saturation.  I did dry it with my heat tool because I used quite a lot of ink!

I took the paper and the You die to my die cutter and ran it through.  Now, I also took my glitter piece and ran it through the die cutter as well.  Making sure to keep all the inner pieces.  I then took the blue You and inlaid it into the glitter piece.  I popped the inner part of the Y and the O bits back in from the glitter piece. 

As you can see in the picture above, I cut about an 1" and a 1/2 off of the white glitter piece.  Now on to the card base.  I cut white cardstock to an A2 horizontal, top fold card base.  I took a piece of teal cardstock from my stash and cut it to A2 as well.  Then I used Versamark ink to stamp a pinstripe pattern on the teal piece.  I thought it looked a little plain but I didn't want anything too distracting.  I did give it a quick dry with my heat tool since Versamark stays wet longer than dye inks.  

I glued this directly onto the card base.  Next I applied a liberal amount of foam tape to the back of the glitter piece and adhered it in the center of the card base.  Almost done!  I did want to add the stamped sentiment "are loved" to the card as well.  I took another scrap piece of white paper and rubbed Teal Cave ink on it.  Once it was throughly covered, I dried it with my heat tool.  I went over it with anti-static powder and stamped it in Versamark ink.  Then I sprinkled on white embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.

I cut it down to a  rectangle and played around to find just the right placement.  Once I figured it out, I added foam tape to the back and adhered it in place.  I thought about adding a few embellishments but I think the glitter strip adds enough glitter and glitz!  I hope that comes through in the photos!!

I'll be back soon!

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  1. This CAS design may seem simple yet it is full of thoughts and yet is well-designed throughout! Love the touch of glitter and use of dimensions! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

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