Black Velvet Kisses

This card better be pretty, because it was a mess to make!  I thought the "Faux Velvet" technique would be fun for the technique class today.  I didn't think mine looked a whole lot like velvet, though.  But Sandy put two strips of sticky strip side by side on her card, and it looked much better.  Here's my second take:

Tech_card_velvet We liked the effect, and we decided it would make a nice card too.  I love the Kiwi Kiss/Basic Black/Basic Gray combo.

So….I decided to make a card using this same color combination and idea when I got home.  See those two stray flecks of glitter on the butterflies?  Now, multiply that by 1,000,000,000,000, and you'll get an idea of what my stamp room looks like now.  I have black glitter everywhere.  I'm telling you, it has a life of its own.  It's on my face, hands, stamp table, floor, in my underwear (don't ask how, because I honestly don't know) and on every project I've made for the past 6 months that's still on the shelf in my stamp room.  So you'd better like this card.  If you don't, keep it to yourself!!


As you can see, it's very like the technique card, and there's no room for a sentiment.  But I did change a few things….

I used packaging tape for the wide adhesive strip.  And after I put down the first strip, I realized packaging tape is only sticky on one side, and that side wasn't the side I had facing up.  Duh!  So, for my second attempt, I put a little sticky strip to the non-sticky side and stuck it upside down (sticky side up this time).  Much better.

All you do next is dump glitter over the adhesive.  Then burnish it with your bone folder.  ("Burnish" is just a fancy pants term for "rub the heck out of it.")  I put a piece of scrap paper over it first. 

Next I thought it would be fun to emboss on the glitter.  Kind of like Mary O'Neal's embossed velvet – but without the velvet.  Or the iron.  I stamped the "Flight of the Butterfly" outline several times in Gold Encore ink, then dumped on gold embossing powder.  And what I had greatly feared, as Job said, happened.  I had HUGE spots of embossing powder – in big circles, not butterfly shaped – stuck all over the glitter.  I whacked the card stock on the powder pal, and that helped a little.  Then I flicked the back of the card a few times with my finger and that seemed to get all the excess off.  It wasted a tiny bit of glitter, but sometimes you have to sacrifice when you're being artistic.  Then I heated. 

The rest is pretty obvious… embossed butterflies on Basic Gray card stock.  It really is quite pretty in person.  I'm thinking of doing this again when Mike gets his Doctorate, but using little mortarboards instead of butterflies.  And maybe lighter gray or blue instead of the Kiwi Kiss.  Fortunately, that's at least 6 months away, so maybe the trauma of the black chunky glitter will have subsided a bit. 

Here's the rest of the recipe:
Stamp set:  Flight of the Butterfly
Ink:  Gold Encore
Paper:  Basic Black, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss card stock
Accessories:  Chunky Glitter essentials, Gold embossing powder, powder pal, embossing buddy, heat tool, sticky strip, packaging tape

Seriously, this card was a lot of fun.  I love trying new ideas and techniques, so now I know what not to do next time. 

Have a wonderful day.  They keep teasing us with snow forecasts, but so far, nothin'.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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1 Response to Black Velvet Kisses

  1. Sandy Moriarty says:

    I really love this card too, and since you gave me one of my own to keep, I couldn’t wait to get home and try to make one just like it (we had such fun in techniques class). Ooops, I have chunky glitter but no black — ugh! So, until I can get that dark, rich, color for myself, I think I will try something in blues or roses. Hmmm……will let you know what I end up with. Can’t wait to sit down and make stuff “non-Christmas” — how much longer till spring????


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