Sparkly Stamp-Off Friday
It’s Stamp-Off Friday! This week’s challenge is an “Inspiration Challenge.”
I got a very sparkly Christmas card from Elaine, one of the lovely ladies I shared a condo with at OnStage Live in November. It was so gorgeous, and I was tempted to post it for this challenge, but that would be cheating, I guess. Instead, I played a little with Brusho and Embossing Paste.
First I covered a piece of Watercolor Paper with Gesso using a fat paintbrush. This isn’t a requirement, but I wanted a little extra texture in the card, and the brushstrokes in Gesso were perfect.
Next, I used some Embossing Paste with the Brick Wall mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. After it dried, I added some sprinkles of Brusho Crystal Colour. Instead of spritzing with water, I used spray starch, because I wanted to add a little Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. Some people, bless their hearts, just aren’t huge fans of glitter. They don’t seem to understand that a few specks of glitter on your cheek or forehead give you a magical glow. My husband is one of those people, and since I knew I’d show him this card, I wanted the glitter to stay on the card. I didn’t want it to accidentally come off on his finger or thumb and get transferred to his face. Hence, the spray starch, because it’s “gluey.”
After the glitter/Brusho/starch dried, I added a strip of the Myths & Magic Specialty Washi Tape to add another layer of sparkle. Sparkle #3 is the Happy Birthday thinlit diecut from the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper. (Note: The Brusho, Washi Tape, and Glimmer Paper are in the 2018 Occasions Catalog and will be available January 3.)
The final sparkle comes from the Glitter Enamel Dots scattered around the card. Fun! I was a little afraid the starch would blotch out the embossed bricks – but they survived. Yay!!
Now – please head over to Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs to see what they’ve created for you. I’ve seen a lot of sparkle from them over the holidays, so I’m excited!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!
I’ve never heard of Gesso! I’ll have to go investigate. I love everything about your card ~ the glitter dots, the sparkly Happy Birthday, the Brusho and the brick embossing paste background. Beautiful!
Thanks, Susan! It’s a nice “prep” for a canvas, especially for mixed media. I wanted to try the glitter and Brusho with the starch, and it kept evolving from there. Sometimes I like results better if I don’t plan!
Buffy, what a wonderful study in techniques. Lovely card, and your texture techniques really make this a stand out. Great ideas for getting the must have glitter to stick. I hope that Mike was not traumatized by holding this card.
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Thanks, Jackie. Mike will be fine after a little glitter therapy!
Glitter therapy – is that to get Mike used to glitter, or deal with it? ha ha! I love all the textures in this card, Buffy! I can see I’m going to need to get me some spray starch 🙂
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Maybe both! (HA!) And let’s not tell him how I made it, or that will be a whole other session. (It’s his starch. He’s the “ironer” in the family. I only use the iron for crafts.)