Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What's Up Wednesday! - Happy Independence Day!

Hey Peeps!

Happy Independence Day everyone!  Today on What's Up Wednesday, I thought I'd share some fun techniques that I used on this sparkly card.  Embossing with specialty embossing powders and using sprays for fun backgrounds. I couldn't resist borrowing this sentiment from Ms. Katy Perry.

The background was spritzed with some of my ink sprays.  I was careful to keep the red to the outer edges so my sentiment would stand out better. I wanted to use the lines and stars from the Hanging Stars set by Liz Allen, to create the look of sparklers. I stamped the lines in black, lining them up along the bottom edge of the card, and I used the line stamp twice to continue the sparklers the length of the card.

I knew I wanted this card to be sparkly and I wanted to use glitter, but then I remembered that I had these great sparkle embossing powders in my stash in red, gold and silver.  Glitter would also be a great choice.  You could stamp the stars in a colored ink, and then trace the stars with glue and add glitter.  Another option would be to use the star stamp with a glue ink pad, or an embossing ink with a heat and stick powder (then heat with a heat tool), and finally add the glitter.

I used red distress ink with a red sparkly embossing powder for the letters, stamped with the Solid Whimsical Alphabet set.  I like how clean the letters in this stamp set come out.  They would be great to use on so many projects.  I wanted to intensify the red of the letters and since distress ink is "embossable", I was able to use it with the red and gold sparkle embossing powder.

Lastly, I hand cut a banner strip in white and used my own writing to add the beginning of my sentiment.  This is a great card to send not only on Independence Day, but it could also be used for New Year's Day or even for a Graduation card. It would work well with a variety of color combos too.

I hope this quick card ignites your desire to create something awesome of your own.  Have a fantastic 4th of July!


Stamps: Hanging Stars and Solid Whimsical Alphabet
Ink: Memento in tuxedo black by Tsukineko, Distress Inks by Tim Holtz/Ranger
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!
Dylusions Sprays - London Blue and Postbox Red by Ranger
Embossing Powders - Aegean Silver, Egyptian Gold and Rockin' Red from Judikens
Pen - Stampin' Up! Journaling Pen

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