Shimmer and shine

I don’t mean to rush things, but when I found out Cut Cardstock had Stardream Metallic cardstock on sale this month I had to use some of these elegant papers for holiday cards!  When I saw the Antique Gold, Citrine and Gold cardstock, I immediately thought of New Years Eve.

The Stardream Metallic Sample Pack is a great thing to have on hand because it has one of ALL the beautiful colors of cardstock included — that’s 30 pieces of shimmery cardstock!

The base of this card is made of deep, rich Antique Gold and the first layer is a brighter Gold.  This card is all about dimension and sparkle, so I edged the Gold with some Bronze ColorBox Chalk Ink and layered vanilla picot edged ribbon around the bottom portion of the first layer.  A poofy bow was tied with sheer white and gold ribbon and a Maya Road Crystal Drop Trinket stick pin was used to attach it to the looped picot ribbon.

The stamped flowers are by Memory Box (Gorgeous Bloom), which is part of Paper Made Bakery‘s December Fresh Baked Kit.  Three of these images were stamped on the Citrine cardstock with Archival Ink so it wouldn’t smear.  When the ink was dry I cut out the three blooms, cutting one a little smaller than the others.

Then I crimped and bent the edges of the stamped blooms to give them some texture and dimension, then inked their edges with Bisque ColorBox Chalk Ink.  This technique is very helpful in helping light colored pieces stand out on your card front — it makes them “pop!”, as they say.

The blooms were then adhered to the card front using adhesive foam tape.  I stacked two pieces of foam tape on top of each other to give the blooms some extra lift.  A Prima pearl and rhinestone swirl was cut into a couple smaller pieces and used to “anchor” the Gorgeous Bloom stamped images.

When all of the elements were on the card front I used Diamond Stickles on the blooms for a little more shimmer and shine!

The interior is simple elegance with a stamped sentiment from Hero Arts and a bit more of the pearl and rhinestone swirl.  Dust off that sequin gown and grab some confetti — it’s almost New Years Eve!

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