It started simply enough – the task was to make a winter-themed swap card. I hadn't planned to make any at the crop I was attending — but then I got in a coloring mood. So out came the Copic Markers and I attacked a sweet little Gerber baby-ish image in a Crafty Secrets holiday set. I decided that I wanted to use it on the card.
So dig dig dig in the tote bag and find a cooooool glittery paper from 'The Robin's Nest'. I started cutting apart the swirls a bit.
But I need a card base – what could I use? Had nothing in the tote, and the papers in the shop were NOT helping me — but then I found a snowflake background by Tinkering Ink. But what a challenge that paper was! Greyish blue and cream, a nearly skintone cream. Hmmm. Goes with the stamped image – but what else?
So I decided my neutral was going to be grey. And because of the TI paper, it had to be a warm grey. I found a glimmery cardstock (Bazzill Bling perhaps?) for the base. I put the TI paper on top. Then my swirly bit. Not working. The swirly bit overwhelmed everything.
I added a transparency from Hambly called On Edge metallic in Silver. Ok, shiny is now on a level playing field. But how to bring it into the warm tones? The answer was simple! I sprayed the whole thing with Glimmer Mist in Sugar Cookie. Now my warm tone was on the transparency too.
I decided to place the stamped image on a diamond coasterboard shape, which I inked with Weathered Wood Distress Ink. I also applied this ink to the Times Alphabet chipboard letters from Prima.
I exchanged an 'o' for a heart fastener by Heidi Grace, which I stamped using Stazon with a snowflake image from the Crafty Secrets stamp set.
I little journaling spot from Heidi Swapp finished off my sentiment/title for the card, which I wrote on top of with a Black Spica glitter marker and touched the edges with the Distress Ink again.
Then I sprayed the stamped image with a light dusting of Glimmer Mist in Sugar Cookie also. Now the glimmer was on an even playing field. Here is a closeup of what I'm talking about:
See how the Glimmer Mist reacts differently on the surfaces? There is a faint overall shimmer on the stamped image and lovely chunkier deposits on the glossy surface of the transparency.
I like it so much, I'm going to use it for the swap, and make a few more for personal cards. It sure goes with the 2 inches of newfallen show today.
Stay warm and colorful.