Monday, 22 December 2014

Sparkling Baubles!

...nay and thrice!  I made a Christmas card!  This is a DT project for Darkroom Door... you all know how much I loves my Darkroom Door stamps and these Brushed Christmas stamps are just so gorgeous to play with. CLICK HERE to head on over to Darkroom Door to see all their beautiful stamps... and HERE for the blog to see what my talented teamies have been up to.

I have been wanting to try this technique for a yonk and a half and have had the ingredients to do it... just not had chance to play.  I used Distress Ink (barn door and gathered twigs) to ink my baubles and then stamped them, sprinkled Sticky Embossing Powder over the top, heated it, added Rock Candy Distress Glitter and then let the magic happen.

I love the subtle sparkle from the glitter and yet you can still see the beautiful detailing on the baubles.

Check out the words... this was a lightbulb moment.  I inked a piece of cream card with the same DI's and then stamped the greeting (from Brushed Christmas Vol. 1) onto card using Jet Black Archival (it has to be a permanent ink and the best is Archival) and zapped it with a heat tool to dry it and set it.  Then I painted Glue & Seal over the top and immediately  sprinkled Rock Candy glitter right over the top.  Then comes the "ewwww, what did I do" moment... the Glue & Seal isn't see through so now it looks like a blob of mess.  Give it a few minutes to dry and voila, see through again... so the sentiment is right there along with that subtle sparkle again.  Cool huh?

I used some papers that I have been covetting for faaaar too long for my background... are you like me?  Keeping those special papers forever because cutting them would be painful?  Cut away, go on, they don't scream.. much! :O))

I shall away now.. I have more blog posts to get ready... and the next one is a biggie.. oh yesh, I have reached a milestone... all will be revealed next time.   Thanks for looking, have a goodly day!  TTFN

Hels x


Kimberly Cobb said...

Hels, I love how the Rock Candy glitter
makes your Merry Christmas sparkle. I will have to try this...thanks for the warning about the "ewwww" moment.

Helen said...

Gorgeous card and i love the glitter

Carole Z said...

Fabby glittery card Hels, love it! Hugs Carole Z X

craftypixie said...

Wow Gorgeous Hels. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I am hoping next year that you will be doing a workshop at Pickwell farm near Southampton. As i have already told my daughter i will be coming to stay lol Happy Christmas and a very Happy 2015 to you xx

Joanne said...

Well this certainly worked cos this card is worth a fortune.
All my cards this year were made using techniques you have taught me this year so thank you so much. I hope I can say the same next Christmas
Big hugs

Jackie Trinder said...

Wow this is a gorgeous card. I do like the glitter. Hugs Jackiie

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, Mine 'would' scream !!! I have loads of papers and pads that I simply can't cut into, but I'm hoping to use them for scrapbooking next year, or home decor, so that I can 'keep' them hahaha.
This card is fab-u-lous, loving all the glittery techniques, will be giving those a try.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Hels,

I love it. I didn't have time to stamp my all my cards but managed 3 and some gift bags. I have lots of paper pads like the one you mentioned and my new rule is I have to use them before I buy any more. Like any crafter though I'm only one 'must have' away from a broken resolution! Some are for home decor stuff and a planned scrapbook the others I shall sit down with one at a time and use as much as I can. Can't craft as much as I like so love blogs like yours to keep the crafty brainwaves going in lean times. I only signed up recently despite seeing you on C and C a few years ago and have loved the content so far (Actually, you're the reason I got a melt pot!).

Have a crafty Christmas

T x

Lis Kervill said...

Hi Hels,
I send you and Grim my very Best Wishes for a very Happy Christmas, and a Peaceful, Healthy 2015.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your lovely Art in the year now nearly gone. You have on so many occasions given me back my Mojo when I was struggling.
I shall be thinking of you in your Room of Stash while Grim is working, and hope that 2015 will be a good year for you.
Much Love, Lisxx

Anneke said...

Beautiful card. It looks amazing. Merry Christmas have a wonderful day Anneke.

carol edwards said...

Hi Hels not sure how I missed this post but this card is just wonderful x

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