Friday, August 11, 2017

Sparkly & Bright

Hello and welcome back, crafting friends.
It's my turn today to share a card on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
Since it's never too early to work on your Christmas cards stash, I made this very bright and sparkly Christmas card to share with you.

 I'm not too sure what this fold is called, but I call it a centre easel card because, well it has an easel card panel in the centre :-)

Here is a quick pictorial of how I made this card.

First, I prepared the card base. You can resize it any way you want to to make it fit your specific design.
It's very easy - I cut an 1.25" inch strip on either side and adhered them down to the back of the card. Then you score the centre panel that is left in half and voila, your card fold is done!

Now to work on my sparkly card panel - I took a piece of Elizabeth Craft's double sided adhesive tape and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock. I did this twice to end up with two pieces. You will need the one to make the die cut and the other to help keep all the little pieces in their place.

 I used Sue Wilson's Stained Glass Poinsettia die to make the cut.  You need to ensure that when you run it through your die cutting machine, that the die is placed on top of the adhesive tape.

This is what it looks like once it's cut and has the second piece of cardstock adhered to the back.

Time for the fun part.  Using Elizabeth Craft's Silk Microfine glitter, I peeled off the pieces I wanted to add the glitter too.  This is my little glitter "station".  I use a coffee filter to contain my glitter, my fine pointy tweezers to remove the adhesive from the different parts I'm adding glitter to, and a Swiffer cloth to wipe away any runaway glitter.

I worked in groups of colour making sure to rub in the glitter well and then clean it all away before starting on the next colour.  There is a wonderful tutorial by Els on how to use her glitter.  You may click HERE to go take a look.

Once my main panel was done, I worked on the embellishments for the sides. I cut out the pieces using a few of the dies that come in the Spellbinders Holy Frame die set.  I also cut them out of cardstock that had the adhesive on the back.  I removed the tape and dipped the entire cut into the glitter.  I shaped the petals to add a little bit of dimension.

When I was done with my card, I wanted a message panel on the inside that tied in with the front of the card. I didn't have any gold cardstock that matched the gold of the glitter, so using score tape, I adhered a strip all the way around the panel and dipped it into the gold glitter, rubbed it all into the tape and wiped it clean with the Swiffer cloth. It worked perfectly!

Here is a close up of the message panel. I stamped a sentiment and a poinsettia to tie it all together. I also added pearls to the centres of the flowers and went over the stamped poinsettia with a clear Wink of Stella pen.

This is what your card will look like when flattened and ready  to mail.
A quick card, this wasn't, but I love how it came out.  It was very difficult to capture all the sparkle from the glitter on the pics, but I'm sure you can imagine how it shines beautifully.

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Till next time,


  1. Wow, this is stunning, Lena!! I love the creative fold!! The center panel looks amazing!! I love the stained glass look!! So elegant and beautiful, my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. This looks very complicated .
    But the result is great.
    You heve to teach me in december how this goes.

  3. Whatever it's called it is magnificent!! A really gorgeous card xx

  4. Absolutely stunning, Lena. I love it.
    Em xoxox

  5. I don't think I've seen this version of an easel before. It looks beautiful. And what great tips to add glitter into a defined shape for an extra sparkly Christmas design!

  6. Lena, this is gorgeous! I never remember to us this fun fold - thanks for the reminder, dear friend! Hope you're well, hugs!!!


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