die cuts, Glitter, Layering stamps, paper flowers

Let It Shine

Let It Shine

I loved making this card! In the Altenew Educator class, we learned about making our cards shine! Whether using glitter, foil, heat embossing, or glitter pens. It was a fun challenge to step up our stamping to make our cards shine. For this project, I chose to use the Altenew Build-A-Flower Begonia Layering Stamp and Die Set.

To create the begonias, I stamped the outlines using the Altenew Build-A-Flower Begonia Stamp set. Normally, my go to color for flowers is pink, but I wanted to spruce it up to give it a different look. Some beautiful examples I saw when searching for live begonias, the orange stood out to me the most. To imitate this beautiful sorbet appearance, I chose all Altenew Crisp Dye Inks. For the outline of the begonia, I used Altenew Firebrick color. For the large, light solid fill, I used Altenew Sunkissed to give a great peachy tone. For the next layer, I used Altenew Orange Cream. This gave the layers depth. To complete the last layer, I used Altenew Autumn Blaze.

Next, I needed to create the leaves. From this same Altenew Build-A-Flower Begonia Stamp set, I used the leaf outline and stamped it four times using Altenew Evergreen Ink. For the lightest layer, I stamped the solid leaf fill using Altenew Frayed Leaf. Then, I stamped the next layer using Altenew Forest Glades. Using a stamp positioning tool helps make aligning the stamps so much quicker and easier!

After stamping the flowers and the leaves, I die cut the stamped images using the Altenew Build-A-Flower Begonia Die Set. I love how this die set leaves a really thin excess around the flower and leaves. Once I die cut the images, I set those aside to start building my card.

Next, I created a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card base using a heavyweight 130lb. white cardstock I purchased from Amazon. I love this super thick paper. It makes the cards feel elegant and sturdy. Then, I scored the card base at 4 1/4″ and folded it using the boning knife. After that, I cut a 1″ strip of black cardstock. On the left side of the cardstock, I put a strip of double-sided permanent tape. Then, I poured the gold glitter along that strip of double-sided tape in order to create a glitter paper look without having to use the glitter paper. I learned this trick from the Altenew Educator Class as a way to use up glitter. I loved the outcome of it! I will definitely start using this trick a lot! I took a paintbrush to brush away any stray glitter and clipped any excess off the strip.

After that, I stamped the “Thank You” stamp from the Altenew Begonia Stamp set. I went over the thank you stamp using a black glaze pen I bought off Amazon. Then, I glued the black strip with the glitter to the left of the card base leaving a small edge of the white cardstock.

Before putting the flowers and leaves on the card, I stamped these using the outline stamp, and a glue ink. Then, I added the glitter and set aside to dry.

Once the flowers and leaves dried, I wanted to figure out the best layout to place these on the card. I placed these in a cluster on the top left of the card and then added dimensional foam dots. I glued the leaves down under the popped up flowers. Once setting the last leaf, I thought the card looked complete. I could have added a few gemstones or other embellishments, but I thought it was sparkly enough with all the glitter. I loved how this card turned out! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Let It Shine”

  1. Its a beautiful card! Lovely colours too! Tip: crop your photo a little, you dont have to show full props, these can be cut off. If you email me the second last photo (with the inks on the top left and scissors on the bottom right). I can crop it and show you how to do it.
    Thank you for submitting your work to the AECP assignment gallery.

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