Hello again, stamping friend! I’m back today with a card for 2 challenges – the Scrap ‘N Stamp ‘All That Glitters’ challenge, and the Freshly Made Sketches FMS367 Sketch Challenge. It’s a happy coincidence when I can combine 1 card for 2 challenges.
FMS 367 SKETCH CHALLENGE
This is the sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.
The challenge to me, is to take a basic sketch and ‘amp it up’ a bit! To do that, I decided to use fireworks, which means adding glitter – which meant it was perfect for the Scrap ‘N Stamp ‘All That Glitters’ challenge!
I’ve had these stamps from The Ton for a couple of years, but have just found a company in Canada (hear the angels singing!) that carries them! I always do a happy dance when I find a local (meaning Canadian) company from where I can purchase my favourite stamps, without dreading the duties when they arrive at my door! So be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post; there’s a few great companies here to purchase from! And for you U.S. readers – there’s also great companies in the U.S. listed, as well!
I admit – with all of the glitter, heat embossing and sparkle, the most difficult part of this card was getting a decent picture! I’m not a professional photographer, as you can tell – so I hope that some of the gorgeous colour and sparkle comes through on your computer screen.
FIRST STAMP YOUR CITY SKYLINE
The stamp set I used for the skyline is also from The Ton, it’s called Vogue Skies. This set has this awesome skyline, plus some iconic buildings from around the world; the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the London Eye, Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty.
First, cut a panel of Whisper White cardstock. Place your cardstock in your MISTI or Stamparatus stamp positioner, and align the stamp at the bottom of the panel. Ink up the image with a deep black ink; I used Versafine Clair Nocturne – it only took one inking to get good coverage! But if you’re using your positioner, you can re-ink and re-stamp if you need to.
SPONGE YOUR BACKGROUND
I used inks and blender brushes for this background; I want to make this card again, but with watercolours for the background, to see how it turns out! Choose your favourite blending tools – I used the Picket Fence Life Changing Blender Brushes. Start with your lightest colour to darkest; lightest closest to the skyline. In the order used, I used Distress Inks in Milled Lavender, Picked Raspberry, and Salted Ocean. At the very top, I used SU! Night of Navy and then Basic Gray ink. Make sure you go back over your blending, to smooth the colour transitions.
START THE FIREWORKS!
Now for the fun part! You’re about to get powdery – with Sticky Embossing Powder, Glitter and Silver embossing powder! Place your image panel back in your stamp positioner, and choose your fireworks images from the Pyrotechnics stamp set. Set the onto the panel where you want, and then ink them up with Versamark ink. Cover the images with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, and activate it with a Heat Tool.
Next, sprinkle on your choice of glitter and/or embossing powder. I used a combination of retired SU! Real Red and Emerald Envy glitter,Dazzling Diamonds, plus Silver embossing powder. Shake off any excess powder, and then set with a Heat Tool. This will hold your glitter in place.
To add the small sparkles that come with the big fireworks, select those from the Pyrotechnic stamp set, and stamp them onto your panel with Versamark ink. Cover it with more Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder; set with Heat Tool, and then cover with Silver Embossing Powder.
ADD THE SENTIMENT
Since I don’t have a fireworks shaped die, I decided to switch out the shape in the sketch with a sentiment. Use the Big Shot with Silver Foil paper to die cut the word ‘celebrate’ from the retired SU! Celebrate You Thinlits. Cut the word in half, after the second ‘e’, to stack it on the left side of the panel. Use Mini Glue Dots to attach the words to the front panel. Next, attach the stamped panel to another panel of Basic Black cardstock, with either Stampin’ Dimensionals, Adhesive Strips, or Foam Squares. Finally, add your panels to a card base, again with foam squares/strips. I used a retired SU! specialty cardstock; it has a great fireworks like pattern embossed in silver on a white background. Here’s what it looks like
See – it helps when you hoard -er, curate – a select stash of retired products! 😉
CELEBRATE ANY OCCASION
This card would be great for New Year’s, or any reason you have to celebrate! It’s also lots of fun creating the background, and then experimenting with different glitters and embossing powders to make your fireworks display. I’m definitely going to have to add to my colours of glitter!
To order any of the current Stampin’ Up! supplies that I used, click on the blue highlighted product names.
For the non-SU! products, you can buy them by clicking on the product images below. As I said earlier, be sure to check out the online stores while you’re there – so many fun products out there!
Thanks for spending some time with me today! Be sure to check out the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, and the Scrap ‘N Stamp challenge (it’s on their Facebook page, you have to join). Thank you in advance as well for any purchases you may make; they help keep me stamping and creating with you!