ABNH August Challenge: Sparkle and Shine

ABNH August Challenge: Sparkle and Shine!

Good morning! Hope you're having a great weekend! 

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Today marks the beginning of our next challenge, Sparkle and Shine - and as many of you know, those two things are my bread and butter (Along with flowers and anything watercolor or alcohol ink). For my cards today I wanted to use something that had both sparkle and shine: sparkle embossing powder. The sparkles in it obviously make it sparkly, and the heated powder gives it that shine. It also gives things dimension, which is just another cool effect.

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I'll be using some older stamps and dies today, because it's fun to break out our older supplies sometimes! For my first card, I did some distress ink blending with some greens and teals and then die cut the panel with the Hero Arts Circle Confetti Die. I then die cut that panel with a large heart from the Hero Arts Infinity Heart Die Set. Once I had my bubbly heart, I smooshed Versmark embossing ink all over it and added clear sparkle embossing powder to it three times, to give it that texture and dimension, as well as sparkle and shine. 

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Then I did some distress ink blending in a rainbow of colors, and die cut a swag of it using last year's fall MMH kit. I cut the spring a part so I had a couple pieces to place where I wanted around and behind the heart. Because our large heart had so much shine and texture, I kept the card simple and just added a small sentiment and a few gems in the white space. This gives a clean, white but colorful card. 

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For my second card, using that same rainbow distress-inked panel, I die cut out the Eiffel tower using the Hero Arts Paper Layering Eiffel Die. This die already has a lot of cut in texture to it, so I only added two layers of embossing instead of three. Also, I didn't want the multitude of colors to get lost beneath all the sparkles (with out heart, since we only used one color family, I didn't worry about that).. I then die cut out a floral window frame with butterflies on it from Kraft cardstock for a good neutral background. I trimmed it down for some white, and added my window die panel and then our magical looking Eiffel tower for an amazing pop of color and shine. I found a butterfly sentiment from the Layering Butterfly Stamp Set, added some white gems and we are done. Our colorful Eiffel tower remains the focal point, and boy does it deserve to be! 

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And there we have our clean and simple cards, with some big sparkly and shine center pieces. I hope this inspired you to pull out your embossing powders, or at least to make everything sparkly and shiny! Can't wait to see what you create!


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