Thursday, December 20, 2012

Zendoodle Flowers




Here's a quick change of pace from all the Christmas cards I've been making - a spring criss-cross card featuring the Zendoodle Flowers stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

I used a couple different techniques on this card - stamping with Staz-On on Cloud Nine velvet glitter.  (See the technique here in the SNS Tips and Techniques section) and watercoloring on velvet glitter (the SNS Tips and Techniques tutorial can be found here).  After stamping the image with black Staz-On, I used Distress Markers and my water brush to color the sky.  One of the cool things I discovered is that if you make a little boo-boo, just re-wet it and blot it dry with a paper towel  (very helpful when the color went outside of where I wanted it to go).  For the rest of the image, I colored it directly with Distress Markers as I wanted these colors to be bolder and more vivid.  I also found that if I blotted a small section right after coloring, it fades that little area, giving a nice blending effect.


Here's a closer view of the insert for the criss cross card.  I wish the camera captured how shimmery and glittery this is in person - it's pretty amazing.  I wish SNS sold the Cloud Nine velvet glitter in a huge tub size, as it's SO versatile.  Another thing I love about all the velvet glitters is that they don't come off when you rub your finger across it.  (We received a store bought Christmas card that had lots of glitter on it and my hubby kept pointing out all the glitter specs I had - all night long :-)  It was everywhere.)

Since the inside of the card is so glittery, I had to bling up the outside a bit.  Raspberry Soda glitter, Luau Green velvet glitter and two sizes of Tear-ific tape (1/4" and 1/2") to the rescue.   Lay down the tape and add the glitter.  Be sure to burnish it well with your finger or a bone folder.   Now you've got lots of sparkle and bling exactly where you want it - all over your card (and not all over you).

11 comments:

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is beautiful Anne, I like the design and all the sparkle.
Kevin xx

Brenda said...

What a fun card - love the glittery accent bands. Thanks for mentioning that you'd like the Cloud Nine in the gigundo size! It IS available in the economy jars - somehow we dropped the ball and it's not on the website - but will be shortly :)

jimlynn said...

So shiny and pretty! I can see all the glimmer from here. VERY cute image too.
LYnn

Linda Simpson said...

Fabulous card Anne and thank you for the tips on using your distress markers. I love the beautiful colours.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Tammy said...

Fantastic Anne! Love the pretty pocket envelope you created for it! Beautiful!

Shona Erlenborn said...

You did a wonderful job with this Anne. Love your coloring on the glitter and I love the criss cross fold of the card too!

rachel said...

such a pretty card Anne - all the glitter is just amazing - glad the spammers didn't get you! Hugs xx

Donna Ellis said...

While your photography is outstanding, Anne, I bet this card is fabulously incredible in person! Wow! So many "layers" of glitters, in many directions. This is one WOWOW card! The colors in the panel are gorgeous! Thanks for a springy card.

Patricia St Martin said...

Anne, Your card is just wonderful. I wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
Hugs, Patricia

April said...

So lovely and sparkly!

Sandi said...

Anne - Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sandi ♥
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!