I am here today with a super-sparkly Christmas card for Jo's Christmas Kickstart Challenge. Her theme this fortnight is "Glitter, Sparkle, and Shine". I couldn't resist making a pretty double embossed card for this fabulous theme and I hope you will join us. She just posted this challenge a few days ago, so you have lots of time to play! (Yay....Janis is NOT the last one to submit a card this time!!!...lol...)
I had a bunch of paper scrap strips on my craft table, so I whipped up some layered embossed backgrounds. This particular one had a pink/gray snowflake pattered paper scrap in it so I went with a sparkly snowflake design for this challenge.
I try to use neglected stamps for Jo's themes, but this time I used a different neglected supply.....one of my Stampendous Encrusted Jewel Frantage Kits. I think I have the entire series of these kits in their various colors....and I carefully hoard them and only sneak a peek occasionally because they are soooooooo exquisitely gorgeous!!! lol...
Well...it was time. I got out the white kit and applied some of the lovelies around the edges for a non-stop sparkle and shine border. Deeeelish!!!! I totally LOVE how much depth and dimension all the layering and embossing produced!!
TIP FOR DRY EMBOSSING LAYERED BACKGROUNDS:
I have been making these backgrounds for a long time, but I recently read where a crafter always lightly mists her single-layer cardstock with water before putting it in the embossing folder. It helps to give a good embossed impression. So I tried it with one of my layered backgrounds. WOW....what a difference!! Unmisted, sometimes the layers would not get the pattern completely embossed.....with a light misting the impression is so much better!! This is definitely going to be a regular part of my process from now on. Had to pass that on to you!!
Here's an angled shot so you can see a bit more of the sparkle and texture.....
Supplies used include:
Sweet Dixie - 4 Layering Snowflakes die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Darice - Snowflakes and Flourishes embossing folder
White sparkle embossing powder for background
Sentiment stamp from stash
Ranger - Embossing Powder in silver for sentiment
Stampendous - Encrusted Jewels Kit - White
DCWV glittered cardstock for snowflakes
Scraps from stash...mostly DCWV....for background
I hope you liked my card. It was so much fun playing with all that sparkly yumminess!! Thank you, Jo, for another fun Christmas Kickstart Challenge. I hope all of you will join in!!!
Update on my hand injury: It is NOT broken!!! YAY!! After my fall nearly a month ago and several weeks of pain....I was beginning to wonder if I had actually broken one of the small bones in there. I didn't want to risk further damage by working it if something was broken so I finally went in yesterday and had x-rays. No obvious breaks or fractures....sooooooo thankful that I am not facing surgery!! I am cleared to start exercising it and hopefully get it to a point where the pain is less and my grip is restored....so I am not always dropping things with that hand because I forget that I should not grab things with it!! Patience, Janis.....patience! Ugh.
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #13 - Glitter, Sparkle, and Shine
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #442 -AG Christmas
3. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #354 - Use Snippets
4. Creative Inspirations June Challenge - Glitz and Glamour
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - June
6. DL.Art June linky
7. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #392-393 - AG
8. Aud Sentiments Challenge #229 - AG with a Sentiment