Friday, January 31, 2014

Sparkle N Sprinkle's February 1 Reveal

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's February 1 Reveal.

2014 has brought a lot of new products to SNS, along with a lot of changes including:

less expensive stamp sets

our own line of digital stamps

cut files to match our stamp sets

an exclusive line of designer papers to match our glitters and embossing powders.

This month we are featuring three fun new stamp sets by artists Michelle Perkett and Beccy Muir.
Spunky and Bug #523

You have three chances to win in our "February 1 Reveal" Contest (details below)


four more chances with the SNS monthly challenge where the monthly theme is always

"Anything Goes with Loose Glitter,
Embossing Powder and/or Flocking."

The Mermaid Kisses stamp set is also included in Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the Month.

Three Winners (one for each new stamp set) will be selected by during the Designers Mystery Party.  Winners will also get to choose one Glitter and one Embossing Powder to go with their new stamp set.

How the Mystery Party works:

On Three of the participating blogs below, a Commenter will be selected to receive the prize.

No one knows who the three Mystery Designers are, so you may wish to visit each of the following blogs to leave a comment.

The winners will be announced on February 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

I absolutely love our new little mermaid and used her for my card. 

Of course, you have to have water for your little mermaid, so I added some water, waves, and shells through the center of my card.  I created the shell borders by heat embossing the image six times with Detail Black EP on top of the white cardstock covered with Cloud Nine Velvet glitter (see Stamping on Velvet Glitter in our Tips and Techniques).  Then I added color with Copic Markers (see Copics on Velvet Glitter in our Tips and Techniques).  These were fussy cut and glued along the inside edges of a rectangular piece of cardstock cut from corner to corner.  These were popped up with dimensionals in each corner of the card front.  The “waves” were embossed with an embossing folder and distressed embossed with Poolside EP (see Distressed Embossing Powder Technique in Tips and Techniques).

Our little mermaid was also heat embossed in black on top of the glitter, colored with Copics, and fussy cut.

The sentiment was heat embossed on a glittered rectangle and then a little Daisy Velvet Glitter was rubbed into the Cloud Nine glitter and a little Memento Bahama Blue ink was sponged on the edges.  I ran my black Copic around the edges and layered on the rose cardstock. 

This set is so adorable.  I think it would be perfect for invites and d├ęcor for a little girl’s mermaid birthday party!  Is it too late to do this for my two college age girls?

If you want to get your hands on any of these three new sets right away, they are available at 20% off - valid through February 3.  You may also phone the SNS Shoppe to place your orders.

Don’t forget to visit the other designers and leave comment for a chance to win!  I know they each have some beautiful inspiration to share with you.

E. Marie

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Creating Outline Stickers With Dies

I love the look of a gold or silver outlined image combined with glitter.  Sparkle N Sprinkle has a wonderful tutorial in our Tips and Techniques that shows how to use Outline Stickers with our Velvet Glitters to create some lovely cards.   I also love to use dies with my cards and so why not combine all of these.  I decided to create my own look of an outline sticker with my dies.  Today I want to share 3 different ways to do this using the Memory Box Glowing Candles Steel Die.

This first card uses the die cut with glitter to get this outline affect.

I die cut the Glowing Candles from sticker paper .

Next, I cut a Spellbinders’ Labels One also from sticker paper, removed the protective layer, and layered the die cut candles on top.  I used the labels one protective layer to rub firmly over the die so it was securely adhered.  After adding Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to all the exposed adhesive, I removed the protective layer from the die cut and added Sonic Silver Velvet Glitter.

This creates a lovely silver outlined image that can be added to a variety of layers to create this card.

I used layers of Labels 1, Decorative Labels 1 and Grands Label 1 from Spellbinders and LifeStyle-Nesting Doily Squares 

The card coloring was inspired when I did a practice layout of the dies.  You never know what will inspired an idea!

I wanted a more metallic look for this second variation of this technique.

I rubbed some Inka Gold Old Gold over the sticker paper and then die cut it. Note that this done on the back of the sticker paper and die cut from the back.  This way you can remove the protective layer and use the sticky side to adhere it.

I chose to layer it on an oval die cut from cardstock covered with a Super Adhesive Sheet.  Once again I used the protective layer to help buff the candle die cut onto the oval.  I added Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to the remaining exposed adhesive.

To complete the card I layered this oval on a scalloped oval covered with Super Adhesive Sheet and added Goldenrod Velvet Glitter to the remaining sticky scallops.  This is added to layers die cut using Spellbinders’ Timeless Rectangles and more glitter.

A simple sentiment from Sparkle N Sprinkles' Nesties Ornaments set was stamped with Mega Tack Glue on a glittery Ribbon Banners die cut, also from Spellbinders.

Now for a third variation.  This one is a bit more complex and does require some patience and a good pair of tweezers. Once again I die cut the candles from a piece of sticker paper on to protective layer.  This time I did not remove it from the die in order to keep all the pieces intact.  I die cut a Spellbinders’ Radiant Rectangles from sticker paper, removed the protective layer and very carefully press the entire die in the center.  Press down firmly so all pieces from the die adhere and very carefully remove the die.

Now you can remove the protective layer, one section at a time and add the different colors of glitter.  I wanted more green (Lator Gator Velvet Glitter) and less gold (Goldenrod Velvet Glitter) on the leaves so I trimmed some of the pieces of the protective layer to mask off the areas I wanted green on the solid leaves, added the gold to the thin edges of adhesive that was exposed, then removed the “masks” and added the green glitter.

The glittery piece was added to layers of die cut cardstocks,  surrounded by additional glitter.

Then I die cut the poinsettias from remaining cardstock covered with Super Adhesive Sheet.  I covered them with glitter, and shaped them with a stylus (check out my Flower Making tutorial in SNS' Tips and Techniques).  I layered them and added to the card front, along with the Christmas Holly sparkly sentiment on a another Ribbon Banners die cut.

I hope you try these different ideas and enjoy the look they provide.  One quick tip – usually I recommend that you use your finger to buff down the glitter before you tap off the excess. To avoid mixing the colors, I find it easier to tap off the excess from each step and buff the glitter when your piece is complete. Should you have an area that needs some additional glitter, you can add some with a little brushable glue.

E. Marie

These cards are entered in the following challenges:

Blue Glitter Card:

Craft Your Passion Challenge 195 – Fancy Borders/Edges
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge #10 - Anything Goes

Gold Glittered Card
Creative Card Crew Challenge 52 – Anything Goes
All Sorts Challenge Week 240 – Free and Easy
Crafty Sentiment Design Challenge - New (New Dies)

Red With Poinsettias Card
Lexi’s Creations Challenge #107 – Anything Goes