Just a quick post today, to share a new year card, and to wish everyone a nice big happy sparkly New Year! They say that “with age comes wisdom”. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case for me – I know a whole lot LESS than I used to, LOL. However, I have definitely become happier and more optimistic. Every cloud has a silver lining – I really believe that. And the most beautiful and incredible opportunities often come out of the most challenging circumstances.
(Hmmm… sort of like Cinderella, don’t you think? I didn’t plan this when I took the photo, but I’d have to say that Cinderella was also quite an optimist. Anyone who can put up with her step-family, and still sing while she scrubs, is pretty positive in my book. And she certainly got her happy ending.) 🙂
I liked the idea of a dramatic black card-base, but I went a little crazy adding Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder. Using a couple of stamps and a stencil, I added fireworks all over a piece of black cardstock, cut slightly smaller than my card-base. Then I die-cut the big “hello” from it, and put a piece of pink glitter cardstock underneath it. I added the year, die-cut from that same pink glitter cardstock.
The finishing touch:
I tried this piece on several different colored card bases, but they all seemed to dull the bling somehow, so I decided to stick with basic black. But that still wasn’t good enough, so I covered the edges of my card-base with Versamark Ink and heat-embossed yet more Iridescent Sparkle on all four sides. The final touch was adding the design on top using some black foam. I love that I could add dimension, without adding that peak of white from the side. You can’t even see the foam:
Supplies (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going. Thank you so much! SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):
Note: Fireworks stencil was from an old Simon Says Stamp card kit, and appears to be no longer available, but there are many others that are quite similar. Also, the numbers – 2017 – were cut with an old Sizzix die (Doodle Dots), which appears to be unavailable… but again, you could use any number dies for this.