Howdy! Today I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with some glitter and shine for Christmas. I created two cards with the Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate Die. This is such a cool die and there is so much to it you can just cut it out and glue it on a card base and call it a day.
The first one here is all glittery. The first thing I did was stick a double sided adhesive sheet to a piece of Neenah paper. I placed my die on the paper so that the adhesive would end up on the top of the design. That way I could get that glitter to stick to it. I used microfine glitter and dumped that all over the design over a coffee filter. Then I burnished it using a bone folder handle. Thanks to Jennifer McGuire for that tip! Then I just glued that scene on to a piece of white glitter paper. Glitter cards are hard to photograph and the light was kind of diminishing on me so the photo isn’t the best. It is pretty and very sparkly in real life.
Here is a daytime sunlight photo of my card. Submitted to the October Challenge for Love Handmade Cards in Flickr.
After watching Jennifer’s post and video where she was doing a similar technique with stencils I decided to use the glitter on a die cut.
If you want some good tips on using especially the microfine glitter watch this video by Els from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Watch for the part about her box set up she uses for working with glitter. I saw her do this in person and it really stuck with me. Those Swifter’s really make clean up nice.
This one was very straight forward and quick. I cut the scene out using the die and some shiny red paper I had in my stash. For this one I left some of the pieces in with the die cut. So the ornaments, 2 trees, and the star on the tree all have their center pieces remaining instead of pushing them out. I then glued the scene on a kraft card base. Pretty simple. There is so much to the cover plate you don’t need to do much.
I have another card in progress that I got kind of carried away on so we’ll see how that turns out and maybe I will post that too. Here we are with card 3.
I started out with the idea I would color most of the little things all over this die cut. That led to more and more “doing”. So many things are colored with Copics. The hanging ornaments were colored then I decided to add clear glitter Nuvo to them and the color showed through which is good. The star on the tree also has gold glitter Nuvo on it. Somewhere along the line I colored the very outer edge/frame with a blue Copic. Then the hills got clear glitter Nuvo and the swirls got some silver glitter Nuvo. The background paper is from an origami set of papers I got at Daiso. I would say it came out decent considering all the fumbling around and kind of different.
The a2z Scrapbooking store has great sales going on! I took a peek at the store and there are still some stamps, ink, liquid watercolor (this stuff is fun to work with), embossing powders and a few other things. Get them before they are gone.
There is still time to enter the a2z Scrapbooking last challenge! It’s always good to get a few cards done well before the holiday rush.