I’m wrapping up another Altenew class that is part of the Altenew Education Certificate Program. This one is called “Let It Shine” and it was instructed by Ms. Glitter herself, Carissa Wiley. There are six great instructional videos covering a range of ways to add sparkle and shine to your project. I was inspired by her video about using metallic paper. It’s really such a small touch, but it really adds a big WOW factor to the finished product. The best part is: it really is so easy.
I used a number of techniques highlighted in the lessons. I knew right a way I wanted to use shiny gold paper. I picked a stamp image that I had a matching die for: Peony Spray. Really a gorgeous flower. I stamped my image in Altenew Jet Black ink. I placed the die over the stamped image and ran it through my die cut machine cutting only half of the left side of the image. I then took my shiny gold paper and again cut the same half of the image. I slipped the gold behind the image and it looked awesome. I used my Altenew Lavender Fields ink and water colored the flower in and I used Altenew Green Fields inks to water color the leaves. I made multiple passes with the ink water coloring so I could achieve shadows. Incorporating another take away from the class, I used my Wink of Stella to add glimmer and shimmer over parts of the flower and leaves. For my sentiment, I used vellum and sticky embossing power to add some sparkly gilding flakes over the sentiment: Bloom with Joy, from the set. To complete my card, I used some Altenew purple hatched pattern paper to back my image. I added foam tape between the flower and the shiny gold paper to add some depth. I wrapped my vellum sentiment around the pattern paper and attached it on the back side. I added foam to the pattern paper and placed all elements to the right to enhance the idea of the shawdow/layering of the flower.
I enjoyed the inspiration I obtained while absorbing the information shared in the class. There are many ideas I will be leveraging on future cards. Thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques, Ms. Glitter.