I have wanted to get into making cards using the resources for Global Design Project for a number of years. Well, today is the day! Well almost. I need to decide which cards I want to actually submit. I made 4 cards. Well 1 disastrous card and then 3 more usable cards. I don’t love any of them. I love the colors, I love the foiling, I love that I get to give them their photoshoot in my new craft room, but I don’t love them. They are usable, they are full of sparkle. Sometimes, you just make a card that is just okay and that has to be okay in life too. I had fun making them and getting out all of the stuff to make them, playing with foil on my new Glimmer Machine for the 1st time – well first successful time- was fun too. And really, that is all that matters.
I always make A7 cards. I like that they are large and comparable to store bought cards. So as per usual, this is an A7 card. I am using some cold press Canson XL Watercolor Paper. This is not my go-to paper for watercoloring, but this is my cheaper alternative to my go-to. For a simple ombre effect it does the job just fine. I cute the watercolor paper to 5×7″ and used blue painters tape to tape off about 1/4″ all the way around.
Next, I used the ink from my Magenta Madness Ink Pad from Stampin’ Up! as my watercolor ink. If you are unfamiliar with how to successfully create a watercolor background, you may want to watch my video, linked below. Next I used a piece of 1/2″ x 5″ Costal Cabana or Basic Black, depending on which card you like best. I heat embossed the sentiment “birthday” from the Happy Perennials sets on the right side of the strip. I stamped the word “happy,” also from the set onto a piece of white cardstock and fussy cut it out. Boy do I wish that Stampin’ Up! had thought about putting in a die for the happy sentiment!
I foiled some black cardstock using the Spellbinders Glimmer Foil machine and the 2 plates named Scattered Hearts Background and Twinkle Lights Background using some rainbow foil. I had so much fun and after I did it once right, it was very easy to do and so addictive. I found that using the electric eraser worked perfectly for any over-foiling.
I cut the black foiled cardstock into banners and proceeded to create some birthday cards. I used 3 rhinestones to create sparkle on the background.
For the grey and pink card, I used Melon Mombo ink, and Well Suited DSP and Basic Grey cardstock.
Which one is your favorite?
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