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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Get Cracking - one more time

Hello! We're days away from Christmas, but here we are sharing one more Get Cracking on Christmas post for the year! Yay! I'm sharing a few cards I've been teaching at classes this fall. They all feature the fun and fabulous Glimmer Metallic Inks from Hero Arts! I seriously love those inks - they are shimmery, glimmery and gorgeous. The inks come in two-packs: Red & Green, Blue & Purple, Pewter & Gold, and Bronze & Copper. Let's dive in!

This first card features the inks with some simple painting of die cuts. I die cut the Snowflake Edge Fancy Die twice, and began by painting the cut out pieces blue. Then I went in with a little purple at the edges, blending the colors. The shimmer is so pretty, but hard to capture in a photo! I mounted the pieces over a panel die cut with the Woodgrain Texture Fancy Die. The message is silver embossed, and die cut with the Fancy Ornaments Infinity Dies, turned to the side. I love this shape for a message panel! I layered it with some vellum, and finished with sequins.

The layout of this card was inspired by a card my sweet friend Clare Prezzia designed for the Hero Arts catalog.

The inspiration for this next card came from a catalog card by Emily Midgett. She designed a card for the catalog with the Deer & Ornament Fancy Die painted like this, using Liquid Watercolors. I took my painting queues from her, and also the addition of sweet little eyes to the die cut. I also love how she mounted the ornament over vellum.

I created my background with the green Glimmer Metallic Ink. I began by clear embossing the Holiday Foliage Bold Prints background. Then I painted on the green ink. To make the embossing pop, I very lightly wiped excess paint off with a baby wipe. The green ink is my favorite, the gold undertones are so pretty! Yes, that is just the green ink - I didn't use any gold ink on this card!

For the final card, I used the super sweet Color Layering Fawn stamp set and matching die. I only layered two of the three stamps for this piece, using Soft Brown and Black inks. He is nestled onto a leaf from the Textured Leaves stamp set, which is gold embossed on vellum.

This time I used the red Glimmer Metallic Ink for the background. I painted a panel of white cardstock, and then added a subtle pattern by stamping the Sugar and Spice Bold Prints background using VersaMark ink. Again, the card shimmers more in person than I was able to capture in the photos!

I want to thank my friend Jenn Shurkus for letting me join her little cardmaking party this year! I wasn't able to join as many months as I would have liked, but I did love the inspiration to actually make some Christmas cards! I hope she keeps doing it again next year (hint, hint, Jenn!). 😀

Be sure to check out what Jenn, Caryn and Chari created for today's posts!

Thanks for stopping by, and Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. What gorgeous cards Libby - love shimmer inks like those ones!! You have obviously enjoyed working with them and it shows in these fabulous results.
    I never did get those watercolours... one of the few times the post office has swallowed something!
    Christmas blessings to you and yours


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