Welcome to this month’s blog hop from a few of the Stampin’ Up! demos that achieved the 2016 Mediterranean Cruise Incentive Trip from Stampin’ Up!
Probably a few more players than usual, we were able to pre-order the goodies from the Holiday Mini Catalog, and we all have been having a great time playing and preparing cards to swap with each other and share ideas. The community of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world is a very powerful thing. And something I am so proud to be a small part of!
This month, we are all sharing a little sneak peek of the holiday goodies. I chose to feature the ‘Star of Light’ bundle, which has just wonderful stamps with sayings all pertaining stars or the Christmas star, and a set of breathtaking thinlits to coordinate with the stamps.
I love gray and white, but this card was crying out for some BLING!
So here is one of my tricks for giving the look of a full mat of glimmer paper without USING a full mat of glimmer paper!
Use strips only! Make sure they will be about twice as wide as the visible part and just cut strips of glimmer.
A big ole TIP: If your cut is perfectly straight, and it will be with a paper cutter, not scissors, then when you butt the strips of the glimmer paper together tightly, you will NOT see the join!
You can trim the excess outside parts later, but first, get those joints tight!
Maybe it is something about the sparkle tricking your eye, I don’t know, but if you butt them right together, no one will know it is strips.
This is a HUGE $ saver, all card makers know that glimmer paper is like gold. A sliver here or there will just make the whole card sparkle.
And who doesn’t love holiday cards with some sparkle? I know I can’t do hardly any cards without bling anymore. Much less holiday cards, duh!
The star is cut from silver foil and folded along the lines the die adds to the shape.
After it was all folded, I flattened it a bit and was able to cut the more intricate star out right along the lines. Of course, having the magnetic plate to help keep it from moving really helped!
I cut one more of those intricate smaller stars from the same silver glimmer paper I used along the ‘mat’ piece and put it under the foil star.
Using dimensionals cut into smaller pieces helped the foil star to keep it’s shape and be center perfectly over the matching glimmer one underneath.
So here is the finished card! Some Wink of Stella in the star trail (stamped in Smoky Slate) gives that some wonderful shine I can’t get to photograph well, but it is there! (click the pic for a bigger view)
So there is my sneak peek for today. Hope you can use my sneaky trick of glimmer strips and add some extra sparkle to your holiday (or whenever) creations!
On to the next blog! Hope to see you next month!