Good morning friends, and happy Friday!
For my first projects for the Sparkle and Shine Challenge, I used glitter embossing powder to give us sparkle, shine and texture very easily. However, if you want a more dynamic shine than embossing powder, Glossy Accents is the way to go. It takes longer to dry and sometimes you have to poke out the bubbles with a needle, but it gives you more of a dome of shine, rather than a flat raised shine. And, I personally think it’s shinier. Anyone else have “Shiny” from Moana stuck in their heads?
Another benefit of today’s cards is that it uses very little supplies, so it’s easy to re-create if you want to make multiple cards. I’m using an add-on to last month’s monthly hero kit, called Kit-Tea Stamp and Cut and who can pass up adorable kittens in teacups?? And the cool thing about Hero Arts Stamp and Cut sets, is that they have both the stamp set and the coordinating dies combined, and are a great price point.
First, on watercolor paper, I used distress inks as watercolors, and smooshed them onto the bottom half of my panel. The color combo was actually inspired by a dish cloth my boyfriend’s mom knitted for me, and had stripes of colors from lime green to periwinkle. I heat set this so the paint would dry, and added one more layer to some more depth of color. I heat dried this too, so I could stamp my kittens and get a nice crisp image on top (don’t want the black ink to bleed on wet paper!). I also stamped the adorable sentiment from the same set in the middle right of my horizontal panel.
Because teacups are round and shiny, I wanted my teacups to be the bearers of my sparkle and shine. I decided to use glossy accents to achieve this domed look as I’ve previously talked about. I stamped some floral and leaf images on my teacups (hindsight – should have created a symmetric pattern for consistency), and then painted those with sparkle with a Wink of Stella pens. I also added some sparkle to their ears, eyes and noses.
I then added glossy accents to the eyes, noses and teacups (I only made the cup part shine, not the base of the tea cup. I wanted there to be a good balance between the shiny and the matte watercolor). This makes their eyes literally sparkle and makes our teacups stand out against the gradient background. These shiny teacups become our focal point and I didn’t add any other accent. Which is just crazy for me. I tried really hard you guys.
What do you think of my “clean” and simple card with our teacups as a focal point? I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this month’s challenge and I hope you have a sparkly Friday!