When it comes to adding a bit of shine and shimmer to my cards, I confess I have a problem. I am absolutely in love with embossing powders. And if there’s a chance to use them, you can bet I will. So when I realised the next class I was about to take in Altenew Academy was ‘Let it Shine’ I can’t pretend I wasn’t excited. My biggest decision was going to be narrowing it down to one colour I wanted to use, I have that many!
Creating my Glam Card with Altenew Stamps
I had just finished up my card ‘For The Guys’ in which I had used a combination of blue and gold, and I really liked that combination. So I decided to stick with blue but swap the gold for silver powder, with the aim of making an almost monochromatic look card.
I used my favourite Sue Wilson double stitched rectangle dies to cut a front panel for my card that was slightly smaller than 4.25″ x 5.5″. I used Crafter’s Companion Stamping Card for that because I was planning to ink blend the background and this card is so smooth it’s perfect for that technique. The same cardstock was used to create a sidefolding card base that was exactly 4.25″ x 5.5″. I use this size regularly because I have a lot of American brand cover dies and debossing plates that fit it. It does mean I have to custom make all my envelopes as well, though.
I blended the front panel with two different Ranger Distress Oxide Inks in Blueprint Sketch and Stormy Sky. The Oxide inks have an almost soft and creamy quality to them, but the ordinary distress pads work really well too. When I was happy with the blending, I splattered the front panel with some clean water to create interest.
The sentiment was going to be my shiny element for this ‘Let it Shine’ card. I wanted something big and bold because I wasn’t planning to add embossing powder anywhere else onto this card. The Mega Hello Stamp and Die Set works perfectly for a card like this.
I stamped the Hello onto the same white card and heat embossed it with WOW! Embossing Powder Metallic Silver and then got ready to die cut. Sentiments with ‘shadow’ elements can look really cool if you get it right, but this die doesn’t have a shadow die so I needed to create the effect myself. It’s a little tricky to do, and you might have to try it a few times to get right, but it is possible! To create the ‘shadow’ move your Hello die a few millimetres to the left so that you’re creating an offset die cut. You’ll see what I mean in the image of the completed card, below. It gives you the big, bold sentiment with all that lovely silver embossing, but the white shadow on the side of each letter gives the word more definition.
To add an interesting element to my card, I went for the Retro Plantines Stamp and Die set. I stamped a bunch of the different leaves onto white cardstock using Versafine Deep Lagoon Ink – it’s a really old ink pad that I’ve had forever but it just keeps on giving. And the colour is absolutely beautiful too. Once I had a whole load stamped, I die cut them out using my Vaessen Creative Mini Die Cutting Machine. It’s the perfect tabletop size for smaller die cuts so that I don’t have to keep dragging my Sizzix Big Shot Plus onto my work station.
When all these elements were complete, I finished putting the card together – and it doesn’t take very long at all. I glued the ink blended front panel to a white card base and layered the Retro Plantine elements along the bottom of the card using foam tape or Gina K Connect Glue. They hung off the bottom edge a little bit so I cut the overhanging stems off to make the card level.
The Glitz and Glam of Cardmaking
I was already pretty familiar with adding embossing powder or other sparkly elements to my card. So although I knew I was going to enjoy this ‘Let it Shine’ course from Altenew Academy I wasn’t sure how much I would learn from it. Turned out, quite a lot! Mostly, I discovered a whole bunch of products I didn’t even know existed, and armed with this knowledge – plus plenty of ideas for using them – I’m going to bet I’ll be producing a lot more cards with a touch of glam over the months to come.