International Blog Highlights October!

Monday 5 October 2020 Bridgwater, UK

Today I am taking part in Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights!

Each month I enter a handmade card I've designed into Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights. It's great to see crafters from all around the world take part. A great source of inspiration!

The theme is 'Thank You' - you can check out all of the thank you cards entered by clicking on the banner below.

If you like my card, please vote for me - you can find more information on how to vote further down this page.

I do love a bit of shimmer and sparkle so I've been playing with Stampin' Up! products and have used a new technique to come up with a pearlescent background with a hint of colour. 

I usually try and stick to a bundle when creating my cards but today I've mixed it up.

I literally painted the colour onto Whisper White cardstock. To do this I mixed some of the Frost White Shimmer Paint with Seaside Spray. 

The Seaside Spray ink refill will soon be available in the UK but I didn't let the fact I didn't have it stop me. I literally pressed my ink pad onto a teflon sheet and then added the Shimmer Paint to it and mixed it with a paintbrush. 

I loved the effect I created but I wanted to take it further so I embossed the painted cardstock when it was fully dry with the Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder. 

As I always say, it can be difficult to capture in photographs the shimmer in my projects but I think it shows well in my photos. It's so beautiful - although a little extravagant . It certainly wouldn't be cost effective creating lots of these!

Using the Rectangle Stitched dies I die cut two rectangles and positioned these on my card using Dimensionals.

I die cut two leaves from the Forever Flourishing dies and glued them into position. 

I then decided to then apply the White Shimmer Paint lightly over the leaves (although I now wish I did this before I adhered them - however, it was an afterthought ). I love white on white but I felt it needed a little extra something.

I die cut the word 'thanks' from Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper using the Well Written dies. Before I die cut the word, I applied Adhesive Paper to the reverse of the Glimmer Paper to make it quick and easy to adhere my die cut. 

Next I cut a piece of vellum to fit underneath it and layered it onto my card using Mini Dimensionals carefully positioned underneath, so they couldn't be seen.

For the final touch I added two Clear Epoxy Droplets, into the centre of the diamonds. I lightly coloured them with Seaside Spray Blends but the effect is very subtle.

I know lots of people suggest using odd numbers when applying embellishments but I honestly think even numbers are okay when used in this way! I hope you agree?

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my project today! If you like my card I would really appreciate you taking the time to vote.  

To vote, please click the button above then scroll down Kylie's blog post until the gallery of cards appears. 

Make sure you have a good look at all of the cards - to get a better closer look simply click on the card and you will be taken to the creators blog. 

You can make five votes so don't forget to use them all! All you have to do is click the heart in the top right hand corner on each card that you like.

The top ten winners will participate in a Blog Hop before the end of the month.

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  1. Very elegant! Love the texture and the pearlescent background. Thanks Kim for being part of my International Highlights this month! All the best with the voting.

    1. Thank you Kylie, I've been having so much fun playing with new techniques!

  2. I love the clean lines of this card Kim! Using the shimmer paint is a great idea too! :)

    1. Thanks Deb! I've just ordered some more Shimer Paint as I've been mixing it with more colours.