Posts Tagged ‘Glitter’

Snow Simple!

Sunday, July 26th, 2020

Happy Sunday Crafters!

I feel like we just finally are getting into summer weather and here we are talking about Christmas again!?  Lol!  Today I am playing along with the Random Acts of Cardness Challenge and Christmas in July theme by showing  you a card that is “snow simple!”

I really want to show you how you can take a stamp set that you already have and make it feel like a Christmas/Winter card just by adding a bit of snow.

I will be using Lawn Fawn’s stamp set Fairy Friends however, another super cute set that you could use is the Frosty Fairy Friends.  I will be doing some ink blending and masking.

When I am creating a scene card I like to plan out on scrap paper where everything is going to go.  Basically, I stamp everything out and then plan my masking and in what order I need to stamp everything.  This saves me from making too many mistakes and ruining my good cardstock.

Once I have everything planned out I can go ahead and stamp the images that I want to appear in front first with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I will then stamp the images again onto a Gina K Masking Magic sheet.  I fussy cut out the images with my Cutter Bee Scissors and apply the masks overtop of the images.

I then ink blend with my foam ink blending tool in the colour Chipped Sapphire adding a nice dark solid layering of the ink to the background.  I then use my small Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brush and blend Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White Ink around the light and fairy house to give the effect of light reflection.  I also take advantage of the circular shape of the foam blending tool and make a circular impression around the actual light in Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.  Adding this yellow colour gives another dimension to the glowing light feel.

I can then remove the masking paper with my Tim Holtz Craft Pick and colour the images with my Copic Markers.

To make this stamp set feel more “Wintery” or “Christmas” like I begin sketching out where I want the little piles of snow to be with a white gel pen and then I go over these areas with white acrylic paint with a  fine paint brush and also add a few dots here and there to look like falling snow.

Now, you can totally leave your card just like this.  However, I took it a step further (because this girl likes a bit of sparkle on her cards) and I pulled out my laminator and some glitter embossing powder as well as some little iridescent stars that I sometimes use in my shaker cards.     I could have also actually made this a shaker card…but, I was feeling lazy and I also wanted the look of the snow falling without having to shake the card.

I let my laminator heat up and then I sprinkled the glitter embossing powder and iridescent stars in-between the laminator sheet and ran it through.  Using white heat embossing will also work depending on white kind of look you want.  I suggest you do a few test pieces to see how your embossing powders react as well as play around with how much powder to use.

I die cut an oval in another card panel piece and adhered the snowy laminated piece to the back with Be Creative Score-Tape, trimmed off the excess laminating piece.

I then did a bit of stamp surgery using my Cutter Bee Scissors and altered one of the sentiment stamps so that I could just use the word “fairy”.  I then stamped “fairy” and “Christmas” on the lower right hand side of the oval card panel.  I then adhered this panel onto the stamped card piece using one layer of foam tape.  I think maybe two layers would have been better for more dimension.  The last thing to do was then to adhere all of this onto a side folding card, again I used the Be Creative Score-Tape for this.

I really wish that you could see this card in person as when you move it back and forth in the light the look of the snow between the laminated sheet is quite stunning against that ink blended background.

I hope this card has inspired you to look at the stamps sets you have and to see how simple it is to transform them into Winter/Christmas themed cards by adding a little snow.

Hoping you stay cool this week and I look forward to seeing what you create that is “snow” themed by posting your photos on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Take care!




Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Happy New Year and Happy Tuesday!  I`m looking forward to a great new year full of creativity, and I hope you are too!

hello2017-2Hello 2017- You sparkle!  I had fun with this card, pulling out a Sizzix pop-up card die I`d never used before (although I`ve had it for several years!) and paired it with my big Tim Holtz Word Play alpha & number die.  I also found this gorgeous glitter paper in my stash and was delighted to find cardstock & ink (Distress Cracked Pistachio) that looked great along with it!  I wanted to design a card that was crisp & fresh like the new year, I hope you like how it turned out!


The snowflakes are by Inkadinkado & Magenta & the sentiment is an oldie by Hero Arts.  I love taking older supplies from my stash to create something new… almost as much as I like adding something new to my stash 🙂 There`s some great deals in the store right now!


My numbers pop with some offset layering onto white pearl cardstock, and this circle of mirror cardstock from another project adds a fun touch (pretty tricky to photograph though!).  I loved finding a Prima flower that coordinates perfectly with the other elements on my card.


I had fun with my first card of 2017, and I`m looking forward to creating many more… and sharing them with you!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a creative day,

Inky hugs,


My Pumpkins – Halloween Bonus Project

Monday, October 31st, 2016

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!  Hi There, It’s me Shari from Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy and I’m so happy to be here today to share a fun little décor piece I made for Halloween.  With so much Halloween inspiration out there, and with a little apropos change to a song lyric, I came up with…..


…wait for it……


While you’re all laughing and chair dancing, I’ll tell you a little bit of what I did to make this altered wooden house.


I cut my house out of a piece of unfinished poplar.  This house measures 9″ x 4″ x 1″ and I covered the front and back with pieces of Tim Holtz Regions Beyond Paper Stash that I had stitched together with my sewing machine.


I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI then adhered to the front and back surfaces with matte Decou-Page.  I added smears of black gesso with my fingers and adhered a long piece of Design Tape to the outside edge.


I added stenciling to the front and back sides of the house with Tim’s Gothic Layering Stencil and black modeling paste.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled Shabby Shutters Distress Glitter over it, tapped off the excess and let air dry.  While that was drying, I spritzed pieces of cheese cloth with a combo of Hickory Smoke and Black Soot DSS and heat set.


The tree and fence are older Sizzix dies that I treated with crackle paint and rusting powder respectively.  When the crackle paint dried on the tree, I rubbed it with antiquing cream to accentuate all of the neat texture, then I started to adhere the pieces onto the house.


This little foursome of cutie-pies is from Tim’s Found Relatives-Occasions.  I fussy cut them from their card and colored their Jack ‘o Lanterns with my Pumpkin Spice DM.  I die cut a bunch of leaves and roses from the Tiny Tattered Florals die from a mixture of Kraft Core, Color Core and Regions Beyond Paper Stash.  I stained the Pumpkin Pieces with Hickory Smoke DSS and gave all of the roses and leaves a spritzing of Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist.


The song lyrics were printed onto white card stock and cut into bands.  I sealed with matte Decou-Page and then coated with clear crackle glaze.  When the crackle glaze was dry, I rubbed with Hickory Smoke DI and adhered onto the house with matte Decou-page.


I outlined the word bands with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then brushed a wash of translucent white paint around the edge of the house, spritzed with water and let the watery paint drip down.


To finish the house, I attached a Typed Token and applied one final splatter of off-white paint to the front and back sides of the house.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little Halloween house today and will come back later in the week for our Throwback Thursday feature.

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari