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Holiday Sparkle Release

Hello all. I’m so excited to share the newest release by Simon Says Stamp called Holiday Sparkle. Click HERE to be taken to the entire release. You do NOT want to miss this one. Be ready to fill that shopping cart!! I told myself I wasn’t going to place another order until next month, but I can already tell you that that’s not going to work.

I made a card to share with you specifically for this release. I used the Warm Christmas stamp set to make this card. Stay tuned because I’ve made a few more that I’ll be sharing very soon.

This card is super cool because it glows in the dark!! But let’s back up and start from the beginning. I started out with an A2 sized piece of Bristol Smooth Card Stock. I also made a second card using Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock because I wanted to compare the differences in the background. To be honest, they look pretty much identical. I think the color blend is slightly better on the bristol smooth card stock but not much at all.

I made a hilly mask using stencil material for a previous card and it was perfect for this card too. I made it myself because at the time I wanted the On the Horizon Lines Stencil but it was out of stock so since I have the stencil material on hand, I thought I’d just quickly make it myself until I can get my hands on the On the Horizon Lines stencil. I masked off the sky and covered the bottom of my panel with Simon Says Stamp Clear Ink. I also used a VersaMarker to get right up next to the mask.

For my sand, I used Hero Arts Sand Embossing Powder. I reversed my mask, now covering the sand and started to ink blend my sky. I used Salvaged Patina, Uncharted Marina and Villainous Potion Distress Oxide Inks. Before setting it aside to dry, I splattered the background with White Gouache and Liquid Stardust by Lawn Fawn. I love how sparkly the Liquid Stardust brings to my projects. I set the background aside to dry.

I colored the palm tree from the Warm Christmas stamp set with my Copic Markers and I fussy cut it out. I decided I wanted to try Lawn Fawn’s Glow In the Dark Stencil Paste on the lightbulbs to see if it was enough to make them glow and it is! They do!! I tried to capture it in a photo but I didn’t capture it well. I stamped the palm tree on my background panel so I could trim off the hanging ornaments making it much easier to fussy cut.

For the ornaments, I used Lawn Fawn’s Pixie Dust Sparkle Card Stock. To bring them alive, I went over the ornaments with Crystal Glaze to make them shine. For my sentiment, I heat embossed Alabaster White Embossing Powder on Black Card Stock and trimmed it down using one of Simon’s Sentiment Labels dies. Using an extra piece of Craft Foam I had floating around on my desk, I used it to pop up my sentiment. Before putting the sentiment on, I cut the entire background down using one of the A2 Layers dies by Waffle Flower.

I attached my panel to a side folding card base and my card was complete! I didn’t add any embellishments because I wanted to keep it simple and I thought the stars in the night sky were enough.

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