Good morning! I’m back for my second guest-designer post for So Suzy Stamps! For my first week, I focused on using the same stamp in different ways and you can find that post here! This week I wanted to explore a topic that is near and dear to my heart: sparkles, shimmers, and metallics! (The more, the better in my opinion!) 😉
My first card features the Line Leaf 1 and Line Leaf 3 stamp which is also the stamp I mentioned as a giveaway last week! Congrats to shartl for winning my giveaway! Please send me an email via the contact button above and I’ll get that stamp out to you ASAP! 🙂
To start off, I wet a piece of watercolor paper thoroughly and swirled distress inks onto the paper. While they were still really wet I dropped yellow gold liquid metal drops onto the distress ink. Then I used a wet brush to spread the color and metallics around the paper. I let it dry naturally and then stamped the leaves in versamark and heat-embossed them either in white embossing powder or gold tinsel embossing powder. Next I took an A2-sized piece of white cardstock and swiped the edges over a glue pad. I rubbed gold leaf flake over the glue and scrubbed off the excess.
I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and heat-embossed it with gold tinsel embossing powder. I ran a loop of gold sequin thread around my watercolored panel and then mounted it to the gold leaf card base with foam mounting tape. To finish my card I adhered the sentiment with foam mounting tape and added a sprinkling of metallic gold sequins. The gold alone makes the card super sparkly; but when you tilt the card, the shimmer from the liquid metals catches the light and makes the card positively glow!
For my second card I focused on the stunning Fancy Butterfly! I love all the thin, tiny lines within the shape and they stamp beautifully! I stamped the butterfly on vellum and heat-embossed it with gold tinsel embossing powder. Then I turned it over and colored it with copic markers. Coloring on the backside of the vellum gives it a softer look. Next I fussy cut the butterfly and set it aside while I worked on the rest of the card. I mixed jade and sky liquid metals to create a teal color that matched my copic colored butterfly and flicked it onto a white cardstock panel. I also flicked black ink onto the panel and let it dry. I took a white card base and added strips of black glitter tape to each side of the card base. Then I trimmed down my background panel and adhered it to the card base.
I stamped my sentiment on teal cardstock and heat-embossed it in white embossing powder. I used foam mounting tape to adhere my sentiment and to adhere my butterfly. As I was sticking the butterfly’s wings to the card I deliberately curved his wings slightly to give it a little more dimension. Finally I added a handful of glossy black sequins to finish the card!
For my last card…I decided to do a little plastic surgery on my butterfly! 😉
I figured why not alter my butterfly to create a different look! I stamped it twice on vellum and heat-embossed it with gold tinsel embossing powder. I fussy cut the butterfly and kept only the right wing of each butterfly. Next I stamped the dandelion on a piece of hot press watercolor paper and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I squeezed a few drops of sky, rose, amethyst, and mandarin liquid metals onto an acrylic block and used a wet, flat paintbrush to pick up a little of the color to swipe across the watercolor paper. I started by focusing the orange and pink on the bottom of the card and the blue and purple at the top but after adding the initial color I blended them together with a clean wet paintbrush. Finally I overlapped the colors slightly to get the effect of a summer sky!
I stamped the sentiment on vellum and heat-embossed it with gold tinsel embossing powder. I tore the vellum into a strip to get a more natural look and adhered the ends to the back of my watercolor panel to hide the adhesive. I mounted the watercolor panel to a white card base and then added the butterfly with foam mounting tape. Like the first butterfly card I curved the wings slightly to get more depth. The background was so soft that I wanted to let the gold butterfly and sentiment stand out without any additional embellishments. The card is similar to the first in that it shimmers when it catches the light. I LOVE the liquid metals and the subtle sparkle they add!
Last week I managed to make three cards with no sparkle…but I think I more than made up for it this week! 😉 Whew! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop by next week for my final guest-design post! Have a great day!
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