I know some of you hate glitter... and that's ok! I'm not one of those people! I love to keep my craftroom stocked with all sorts of glittery things. I have a shelf full of jars of glitter; many sheets of glitter paper; and many glitter covered embellishments. What can I say... I get mesmerized by the stuff and before I know it, it's in a cart.. real or virtual. But I use it... so I'm good with that!
I wanted to use the new Hearts A2 Panel die over a glitter background, but just didn't have the right color of glitter paper that I wanted! So I decided to create my own and it was easy!
I pulled out some sheets of double sided adhesive that I had and cut the Hearts panel from a sheet of purple cardstock. I also cut an A2 size of the same purple cardstock and cut my adhesive sheet down to an A2 size.
Next I pulled off one side of the adhesive sheet exposing the adhesive. To make it easier to handle, before I had the entire sheet off, I started lining up my solid piece of cardstock over it and then stuck it down as I peeled the rest of the backing off.
I pressed down firmly all over the back of the cardstock to be sure the adhesive transferred to it and then flipped it over and peeled back the second paper from the adhesive sheet leaving a piece of cardstock that was totally covered in adhesive.
Finally I positioned the Hearts A2 panel I'd cut over the solid piece of cardstock and pressed down. It's ok that I was a little off on the edges. The important spaces were covered (the insides of the Hearts panel). It was easy to just trim off the sticky cardstock that was sticking out.
For the next bit, I laid out a piece of scrap paper for easy cleanup; sprinkled the glitter I'd chosen all over the top of it... be generous to be sure you have coverage.
Then I proceeded to just rub the glitter into the adhesive firmly all over the card where the sticky areas were, brushing the excess onto my scrap piece so I could see that I had the areas covered. This process is called burnishing the glitter. (Um shout out to me for taking this picture with my finger in it... it was no easy task and took some acrobatics!)
I used a paint brush to remove any additional excess glitter sticking to the places I didn't want it because of static and was easily able to fold the paper in half and place that back into the container. What you're left with is an almost smooth sparkly surface on your card! These new A2 panels are just perfect for this kind of a technique!
I cut some plaid paper using the Heart Board Fri-Dies and intended to adhere them all together as a background layer for my kitty when I discovered that the hearts from this die fit perfectly over the hearts in the A2 Panel... BONUS! So my plan changed a bit and I decided to accent some of the hearts using the plaid paper.
I ended up cutting another set of hearts to use in a couple more places on the background. Isn't that sparkle so pretty??
If you follow me you may remember this little guy from the new Little Huggables stamp set on Instagram... I colored him for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge... he's been bugging me since to get him onto a card so he should be happy now!
I just added a few sequins to bring in the orange and green from the plaid and made my sentiment strip in the orange color as well. Those punny sentiments from the Little Huggables set... SO cute!
I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge to Create Your Own Background! That I did!
So glad you could stop by today and hope I've either given you a new technique to try out or reminded you of one that you haven't used in a while! And if you HATE glitter but love the sparkle... just get yourself some glitter paper and use that instead... so many of them are made so that you don't have to worry about little sparkly bits falling off of them everywhere... although I really don't see the problem! (Except when my husband wants to know why there is glitter in the living room.. um... did I do that?)
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