Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate with Glitter

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.



Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly with Nuvo Glimmer Paste

Howdy! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a glittery butterfly. So pretty in real life and very hard to capture it well in a photograph. Later today I will be adding a photo taken in natural light.  I have added two photos I took outside at different times today. The conclusion is that glitter like this just looks way better in person.

For my card I really wanted to use some of the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. You can get the pretty Sapphire Blue Glimmer Paste in the a2z Etsy shop. I tried a couple different things but some were not working to well. But then this happened. The Nuvo Glimmer Paste is the “background” of the butterfly.

I created the blue part of the butterfly by cutting a butterfly out using the Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly die also available in the a2z Etsy shop. I took out the pretty butterfly and used that open space as a stencil.

I centered it nice over my paper and used temporary adhesive to keep all the edges down. I filled it in with the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. Then I removed the stencil and washed my tools immediately. That stuff sticks very well.

On the butterfly die cut I put an adhesive sheet on the front of the paper before die cutting. I removed the release paper and now there is adhesive on the front of the butterfly. I used some Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter all over it. You should rub it in good to make it shine and stick well. There is a mostly purple and a bit of pink glitter. I am not the biggest glitter fan but using it this way I really like it. If you need some tips on glitter handling El at Elizabeth Craft Designs has some great video’s that really help with keeping the glitter under control. I saw her demo at Scrapbook Expo one year and I still remember that. She has some great tips and some great looks with her fab glitter.

Then I glued the butterfly outline over the Glitter Paste background I created. I cut around the butterfly with a rectangle die. I put that on a pretty purple patterned paper and added a die cut sentiment.

The two outdoor shots. Let me know if you like one over the other. I did not resize them as low as my first photo above in the post.