Hello friends! Today I am sharing 2 ways to add shimmer to your cards. Each of the cards I’ve created feature a couple of the newest stencils from Gina K. Designs (Sun Spots and Thick Brush), which are truly fabulous for these techniques!
The first technique I used was foiling… I started by applying ThermoWeb Transfer Gel through the stencil; once dry, I ran the stenciled papers through my laminator with a sheet of foil on top (see the video below on how to do this).
I used the Sun Spots stencil with Rainbow Shattered foil and the Thick Brush stencil with Sparkling Silver foil. I then decorated each card with sentiments from both Simon Says Stamp and the Stamp Market.
The next technique I used was creating a DIY glitter paste effect. This technique is so much fun, because you start by blending some ink through the stencil in any combination you prefer. Next (without removing the stencil), you’ll put a layer of Transparent Texture paste over that ink blended pattern. Then (again without removing the stencil), add a sprinkling of your favorite glitter across the stencil. The glitter will adhere only to the paste-covered areas and leaves the rest of your card squeaky clean. Experiment with how much glitter you apply; sprinkling the glitter sporadically creates a fun effect, but of course it is also fun to add LOADS of sparkle too! :)
I decorated the cards again with more sentiments from the Stamp Market and Simon Says Stamp. The glitters on each card are a mix of Prisma and Chunky glitter from Lawn Fawn. Be sure to watch the video and see how exactly how this technique works!
If you are interested in the color combos I used for the ink blending, these are the Distress Oxide inks I chose:
- Green friendship card: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover
- Orange hi card: Abandoned Coral, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey
- Rainbow hello card: Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers.
I hope today’s shimmery cards have inspired you to try the techniques out for yourself and to create with these stencils from Gina K. Designs!