I truly do love card making. It is my bliss. Unless it frustrates me. I've spent all weekend working on cards for this week's One Layer Wednesday Challenge which was to use shimmer, not glitter or bling. Well, I don't have any Shimmering H2Os, so I used Shimmerz and Shimmerz Blingz. It took me a couple of days just to figure out how to craft such a card. I eventually decided to dry emboss a card base and paint it with the Shimmerz, hoping to get the proper effect. The idea was sound, but the execution really was a challenge. I did have to add some bling as the cards just didn't work without it. Forgive me Susan. I'm posting the three best results of many, many attempts.
The card base is Stampin' Up Perfect Plum. The border is Cuttlebug's Frill dry embossing folder which was painted with Shimmerz Angel Wings. The top and bottom of the border was scored with a Scor-Pal tool. The sentiment is Stampin' Up Wonderful Words, stamped in white and heat embossed with Stampin' Up Clear embossing powder. The embellishments are Close To My Heart Pearl Opaques.
The card base is Stampin' Up Really Rust. The image is Cuttlebug's With Love dry embossing folder which was painted with Shimmerz Blingz Gold Glimmer. The sentiment is Impression Obsession Vertical Greetings, stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The embellishments are Multicrafts Keepsakes Memories.
The card base is Recollections. The image is Cuttlebug's With Love dry embossing folder which was painted with Shimmerz Angel Wings. The sentiment is Papertrey Ink Signature Greetings stamped in Nick Bantock Prussian Blue. The embellishments are Close To My Heart Bitty Sparkles.
These are certainly not my most favourite cards ever crafted but I don't totally hate them either. I will chalk them up as experiments that I won't necessarily try to replicate. It was interesting to see the difference between the coloured card bases and the white card base. I quite like the monochromatic-ness of the cards but I'm not convinced the Shimmerz was the best option even though it was the only one I had.
I hope you enjoy these cards and come back to SPI.