Festive Friday: Masked Glitter

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Are you ready to take glitter paper to the next level?

I’ve been having a lot of fun coming up with new ways to add some “wow” to my projects, and I’m really in love with the look I’ve got for you this week. It was totally inspired by the newest Festive Friday challenge. I hope you get inspired and play along with us!

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Here’s the latest Festive Friday challenge card. I don’t know that there’s really an occasion to actually make a Mardi Gras card, but you surely can be inspired by the festivity!

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project.
  • What comes to mind when you think of Mardi Gras? Beads? Colors? King Cake? Floats? Parades? How would you capture some of that in a design – maybe through colorful pearls or through a colorful a celebration card? Typical Mardi Gras colors are green, gold, and purple.
  • Are you thinking about Brazil’s Carnivale instead? What kinds of colors or textures come to mind that you could use for a project?
  • Can you go more abstract? That’s what I did – I’ll show you how!

Here’s my take:

I totally went for the glimmer paper, along with a celebration theme. Lastly, I used a MASK (or stencil), as a loose inspiration from Mardi Gras where people wear masks! 

I thought as a bonus for today, I’d share how I created the cool art deco pattern on the glimmer paper using a mask and ink. It was simple, but totally WOW!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Super Script (Altenew),
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Black Glossy Cardstock (Tonic), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ – Gold Glimmer Paper (Kaisercraft), 4″ x 3″ – Solar White 80lb (Neenah), 3″ x 3″ – Vellum (Lawn Fawn)
Inks: Versafine Clair Nocturne (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Gold Metallic Thread (xxx), Black Tie Sequins (28 Lilac Lane)
Other: Deco Wallpaper Stencil (Altenew), Washi or Painter’s Tape, Heat Tool, Stencil Brush or sponge dauber (Scrapbook.com), Super Script Dies (Altenew), Infinity Circle Dies (Hero Arts), Big Shot (Sizzix), Stamp Positioner (Tonic/Tim Holtz), Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)
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  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Adhere the glossy black cardstock to the card base. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder. Set aside
  2. Setup the glimmer paper and stencil on a hardboard, or cardboard panel.
  3. Use the stencil brush (or dauber) and black ink and brush gently over the stencil. Lift up an edge to take a look and make sure the coverage is what you want.
  4. When complete, wait for panel to dry, or use a heat tool to set the ink. Then, trim to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ adhere it to the card base.
  1. Stamp the Celebrate sentiment using a stamp positioner. This way, you can re-ink it to get a good, dark impression.
  2. Once dry, diecut the sentiment with the coordinating die.
  3. Stamp the small “let’s” – as you can see, I did it a few times so I could pick out the best result.
  4. Add foam adhesive to the back of the diecut, then add some gold metallic thread.
  1. Diecut or punch a 2 1/2″ circle from vellum. Adhere the sentiment to the vellum.
  2. Adhere the finished sentiment element to the card base.
  3. Add some sequins to the card using Mini Glue Dots.

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0028 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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Festive Friday: Every Day Birthday

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Birthdays – ready or not, here they come!

I don’t know about you, but birthdays seem to always sneak up on me! I’ll see one on my calendar a few weeks out, and then, poof, it’s the day before and I don’t even have the card in the mail, yet alone made! Well, not this year! I’m determined to get cards out in the mail 2 weeks before.

Reality – yah, I’m not meeting that goal yet. Maybe February. I gotta get organized on that!

Anyway, this all ties into Festive Friday’s latest challenge. Since Valentine’s day is just a few weeks away, we went kind of obvi on this one…

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Go for a combo of traditional red hues for your Valentine’s creation this year and link it up. We’d love to see what you’re giving to your SO
  • Have an out-of-the-box Heart-day idea in mind? That qualifies too!
  • Boycotting the day or just have other projects in mind? Throw in a splash of RED and you’re in!

Here’s My Take:

This design is GORGEOUS, and SIMPLE. Can it get any better?! Vellum, embossing, gilding, and a sophisticated shade of RED-orange! This one is going to my SIL who’s birthday is this month! Ready to try your hand at this design? Let’s check out the Party Plan!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Sentiments for Every Day (Scrapbook.com)
Paper: 11″ x 4 1/4″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Hibiscus  CS (Bazzill), 1″ x 6″ – Vellum (Lawn Fawn)
Inks: Versafine Clair Nocturne (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Black Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Other: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Stamp Positioner and/or acrylic blocks, Anti-static powder, Black Embossing Powder (Ranger), Botanical 3D Embossing Folder (Sizzix/Tim Holtz), Silver Bullion Gilding Flakes (Nuvo), 2-Way Glue Pen (Zig)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)

  1. Score the card base at 5 1/2″ and set aside
  2. Emboss the Hibiscus CS with the Botanical 3D embossing folder. You will LOVE the deep impressions from this one 😀
  3. Add some Zig 2-way glue to the raised parts of the embossed piece – anywhere you want the gilding flakes to stick. Wait for the glue to dry to it’s tacky state.
  4. Get ready for a bit of a mess (so worth it) and add the Nuvo Radiant Gold gilding flakes to the cardstock. For best results, rub a pile of it across the cardstock until all the glue is covered.
  5. Use a brush to wipe away all of the excess flakes. You can save the flakes for another project, or just toss.
  1. Prep the strip of Lawn Fawn Vellum with an anti-static bag, and stamp the sentiment in Versafine Clair Nocturne. Because this is a pigment ink, it will remain wet enough to pick up the embossing powder.
  2. Add the black embossing powder and heat set.
  3. Adhere the vellum strip to the Hibiscus CS by folding over the excess length on either side and adhering to the back of the CS. That way, you won’t see any adhesive!
  4. Adhere the finished panel to the card base and add black rhinestones for an extra elegant touch!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0026 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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Every time I see a new stencil now, I want to buy it. They are so versatile and absolutely fun, fun, fun to experiment with!

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Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
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Festive Friday: Hello My Friend

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Ever send a card just to say hello?

No? Why not?! Don’t you just love going to the mailbox and finding a surprise other than a credit card bill? I’m sure there’s someone in your life that would love to get a happy mail surprise too! Now that we’re post-holidays, most people don’t think of sending a card unless it’s for a birthday, Mother’s/Father’s day or maybe an anniversary. Let’s take some time to break that trend and fill up people’s mailboxes with sunshine!

Festive Friday has a fun inspiration topic this week – Belly Laugh Day! It’s time to pull out any pun-filled or joke sentiment stamp sets, to create a fun card (that you should mail to someone this week!). Of course, if you don’t have any pun or joke stamp sets, you can go for the “or” option with some stitching elements – either real stitching or faux. Don’t forget that we’ve changed up our challenge and all of our DT members provide a tutorial for their project – Instant CASE-worthy projects that you can Pin for reference!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project.
  • Try your hand at adding stitched elements to your design. Of course, there are stitched dies, but you could also use a paper piercing tool to make your own faux patterns, or even use a sewing machine or needle and thread to add real stitching.

Here’s my take:

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0025). Featuring: Altenew Mega Greetings & Mega Hello die, Photo Play Paper Memories. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #hello #justbecause #altenew

I am without any punny or joke style stamp sets at the moment, so I opted for the “or” option, adding in a nice stitched element, and some real stitching for added detail. Let’s get on with the Party Plan!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

(affiliate links are used in this post. When you click on them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting my blog!)

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

(Affiliate shopping links are listed at the end of the post)

Stamps: Mega Greetings (Altenew), 
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ remembrance Collection, Memories pattern (Photo Play Paper), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ – Pink Frosting CS (Bazzill Smoothies), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ – Gold Glitter CS (Kaisercraft), scrap of white CS
Inks: Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink(Ranger)
Accessories: Autumn Afternoon Sequins (28 Lilac Lane), gold thread (Coates)
Other: Mega Hello die (Altenew), Big Shot (Sizzix), Stamp Positioner (Tonic) and/or acrylic blocks, Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables (Lawn Fawn), adhesive backed foam

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Set aside.
  2. Diecut the Memories patterned paper with the largest Stitched Rectangle die. It’s easy to add real stitching now! Just use the diecut stitching as a guide to work in some optional gold thread stitches. I just did the lower left corner, but you could go all the way around if you want!
  3. DIecut the Mega Hello from gold glitter paper. I used a full 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece so I can use the reverse for another card. Don’t forget to save the cutout pieces to add back in later..
  1. DIecut another sentiment from Pink Frosting cardstock.
  2. Adhere the glitter hello offset from the pink one to make a shadow.
  3. Adhere the finished diecut element to the patterned paper element. Adhere the panel to the card base.
  1. Stamp the sentiment on some scrap white CS using Cracked Sapphire Distress Ink.
  2. Snip the words “My” and “Friend” from the stamped sentiment.
  3. Adhere the snipped words to the card base. “Friend” was adhered to the base and “My” was popped up with some adhesive backed foam.
  4. Add a few sequins and mail off your card!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0025 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this project!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you.
This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

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AECP: Can’t Stop with the Stencils

Yes – seriously, another stencil technique…
Every time I see a new stencil now, I want to buy it. They are so versatile and absolutely fun, fun, fun to experiment with!

Festive Friday: Easy Blue Floral Hello

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
We’re helping you get ready for yet another holiday that’s right around the corner – Father’s Day! This isn’t just an American holiday.

AECP: Another Reason to LOVE Stencils

If you don’t already love stencils, you will…
I am seriously in love with these cards and seriously addicted to how easy they are. Don’t be surprised if you see some variations pop up here sooner rather than later.

Festive Friday: Happy Happy Happy (Mail)

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

My New Year’s Resolution Is….

It’s here! That time of year that we reflect on what was and hope for what could be. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I’m not big on calling them “resolutions”, or tying them to New Year’s as I always feel like they never last. So, instead, I think throughout the year about things I want to improve, and I work them in, piece by piece as I have time, energy and willingness to do so. 

For instance, I wanted to be more physically active, so I worked to increase my weekly workout frequency this year. I ended up working out 170 times this year (not including all the days I golfed), which is fantastic! But, I can do better 😀 So, that’s what I’m resolving to do in 2019!

One other goal is to send more cards! This aligns with my blogging and business changes. Instead of making tons of cards for nobody in particular, I’m making less cards, but always with someone in mind! Having a reason for the card makes it easier to design, and sometimes, quicker to make.

That’s what the new challenge at Festive Friday is all about! How many times do you save a text or an email? Probably not very often. But, when you get a letter or a card in the mail, I bet you hang on to it. So, let’s celebrate the good ‘ol fashioned art of letter writing! That basically means you can make ANY card for this challenge. When you share your design on your blog or Pinterest page, be sure to share who it’s for.

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Make up some New Year’s cards to catch those folks that missed out on your Holiday cards.
  • Work up your January birthday cards and get ready to send them out, on time! LOL!!
  • Send a card for no reason – just to say Hi! Don’t you love good surprises from your mailbox? I know I do!

Here’s my take:

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0024). Featuring: Lawn Fawn - Happy Happy Happy, Perfectly Plaid Chill patterned paper, Prima - Watercolor Confections - Tropicals, Heffy Doodle - Imperial Stitched Rectangles #nicolewatt #pmretreat #happymail #justbecause #lawnfawn

Don’t forget – we changed the challenge a bit. Instead of collecting points for prizes (which didn’t really catch on so well), the DT members will provide a tutorial post in the form of instructions and pictures, or a video. Yea! Instant CASE-worthy projects that you can Pin for reference! So, be sure to stop by at the other DT blogs to see their projects and instructions. Let’s get on to the Party Plan!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

(Affiliate shopping links are listed at the end of the post)

Stamps: Happy, Happy, Happy (Lawn Fawn), 
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 3 3/4″ x 5″ Perfectly Plaid Chill (Lawn Fawn), 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ – Blue Jay CS (Lawn Fawn), 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ – Watercolor Paper (Canson 140lb)
Inks: Watercolor Confections – Tropicals (Prima), Jet Black (Staz-on), Copics (C01, C03, Y13), Sharpie Pen (Thin Line), 
Accessories: 3/8″ Crumb Cake ribbon (Stampin’ Up!)
Other: Big Shot, Stamp Positioner and/or acrylic blocks, Heffy Doodle Imperial Stitched Rectangle dies

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″.
  2. Diecut the plaid paper with the 2nd largest stitched rectangle die.Adhere to card base. Set aside.
  3. Diecut the watercolor paper with the 4th largest rectangle die.
  4. Draw an envelope on a scrap piece of white cardstock. I just used a ruler to make the top and bottom, then freehanded the rest of the lines. It doesn’t need to be perfect – and probably looks better that it isn’t!
  5. Color in the lower part of the envelope to provide some shading, I used C1 and C3 Copic Sketch markers. Then, fussy-cut the envelope.
  1. Apply a blue watercolor wash to the stitched rectangle watercolor piece. Air dry or heat dry.
  2. Add plain water spatter to the wash and pick up with a paper towel. This will leave waterspots and extra dimension.
  3. For the last layer, spatter on some Frost White All Purpose Ink. Air dry or heat dry. If you heat dry, be careful to not let the All Purpose Ink bubble up.
  1. Stamp the sentiment in Staz-on. Using a stamp positioner is a good idea so it can be stamped a few times to fill in the watercolor paper texture.
  2. Adhere the finished watercolor panel to the Blue Jay cardstock layer.
  3. Add the fussy-cut envelope to the sentiment element.
  4. Add a small flag of crumb cake ribbon – use mini glue dots to adhere.
  5. Adhere the finished panel to the card base using pop-up foam.

PS: At the last minute, I decided to stamp the little smiley face from the stamp set on the back of the envelope and color it in with a yellow (Y13) Copic. I love the way it pulls in the yellow from the patterned paper!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0024 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

Kick-start Your Creativity

Subscribe for for exclusive specials, updates and free tutorials & sketches

Share and Inspire Someone Today!

The Latest...

  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this project!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you.
This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Can’t Stop with the Stencils

Yes – seriously, another stencil technique…
Every time I see a new stencil now, I want to buy it. They are so versatile and absolutely fun, fun, fun to experiment with!

Festive Friday: Easy Blue Floral Hello

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
We’re helping you get ready for yet another holiday that’s right around the corner – Father’s Day! This isn’t just an American holiday.

AECP: Another Reason to LOVE Stencils

If you don’t already love stencils, you will…
I am seriously in love with these cards and seriously addicted to how easy they are. Don’t be surprised if you see some variations pop up here sooner rather than later.

Festive Friday: Happy, Happy, Happy (New Year!)

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

True or False: December is the fastest month

I don’t know about you, but I say TRUE! How can it already be 10 days to Christmas Eve? Then the following week we’re welcoming 2019! Yikes! I’m glad that the holiday cards went out in the mail a few weeks ago (thanks to some help from the husband), but I have a short list of people that I meant to send a card to, but they got left off the list. What to do?! I don’t have time to make cards to get them in the mail before Christmas, BUT, I do have time between Christmas and New Year’s to make up some New Year’s cards and get them in the mail just after the 1st.

How lucky that Festive Friday would be celebrating New Year’s this week! If you’re in the same predicament as me, hopefully our inspiration will help you out. We’re changing the challenge a bit. Instead of collecting points for prizes (which didn’t really catch on so well), the DT members will provide a tutorial post in the form of instructions and pictures, or a video. Yea! Instant CASE-worthy projects that you can Pin for reference!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project.
  • Looking for something different? Make up a metallic stars or diamonds garland to decorate for your house party – that would surely count for this challenge.
  • Of course, anything glittery or shimmery will do – from rhinestones to sequins, glimmer paper, foil paper, metallic embossing, gilding, the list really does go on and on and on. Skip the “new year’s” part of the challenge and just give us that glitz!

Here’s my take:

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0023). Featuring: Lawn Fawn - Happy Happy Happy, Nuvo Gilding Flakes - Sunkissed Copper. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #newyears #copper #gilding #cleanandsimple

There are a few fun and exciting new (to me) things in this project, I can’t wait for you to see the Party Plan!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

(Affiliate shopping links are listed at the end of the post)

Stamps: Happy, Happy, Happy (Lawn Fawn), 
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Peach CS (Stampin’ Up!), 4″ x 5 1/4″ – Mermaid CS (Lawn Fawn), 4″ x 5 1/4″ – Black Licorice CS (Lawn Fawn)
Inks: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Not So Heavy Metal Sequin Tin (28 Lilac Lane)
Other: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Stamp Positioner and/or acrylic blocks, Anti-static powder, Super Fine Copper Embossing Powder (Ranger), Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables (Lawn Fawn), Sunkissed Copper Gilding Flakes (Nuvo), 2-Way Glue Pen (Zig)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Adhere the peach cardstock to the card base. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder. Set aside
  2. Diecut the black cardstock with the 2nd largest stitched rectangle die
  3. Stamp the “happy” sentiment in Versamark – use a stamp positioning tool or acrylic block. Be sure to use an anti-static bag or powder first so the embossing powder doesn’t stick all over! Heat emboss in copper.
  4. Then, stamp the individual letters for “New Year”, again, in Versamark. I opted for a wonky look, but you can line them up if you want. Heat emboss in copper.
  1. Then, on the aqua cardstock, apply 2-way glue around the edges. Allow the glue to dry to its tacky state.
  2. Apply Nuvo Gilding Flakes (I used copper), covering the glued edges. Rub the flakes on each other until the excess comes off. You’ll be left with a wonderful antique gilded edge. It’s supposed to look imperfect, and it’s oh, so, lovely!
  1. Adhere the black sentiment panel to the aqua panel,  then adhere the finished panel to the card base, making sure to keep even spacing on each layer.
  2. Add various size copper sequins around the sentiment.

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