I’ve been having so much fun this week, sharing projects using Lil’ Inker Designs’ new release, that I don’t think I want to stop! But today is the last day of our hop, and your last chance to comment on the design team’s posts for a chance to win a Lil’ Inker gift certificate. As usual, Laura kicked off our last day with all of the details and products on the LID blog. And Karen Baker’s blog was the last stop before you came to visit me.
My favorite time-saver when making a lot of cards is using the same basic layout and techniques, but changing up the colors, sentiments, and focal point. I did that with these two cards, making one light and ethereal and the other bold and a bit mod.
I love the new bell dies, especially the largest bell, which is big enough to hold it’s own a full-size card. I usually like to cut the bells from mirror card stock, but this card needed something with a softer texture, and this ultra-fine platinum glitter paper from American Crafts is just the thing.
I just can’t seem to get enough of the specialty glitter papers out there. For a person like me, who uses very little sparkle the rest of the year, the holidays are a chance to deck the halls with shimmering, sparkling, shining things.
This first card is all about texture. From the Holiday Bits tree die embossed into the stitched mat and the printed vellum bow, to the shimmering papers and super-shiny silver embossing, there are all kinds of soft, glowing textures going on here. It shines so much in real life that I kind of want to just wiggle it back and forth in the light for minutes at a time.
The sentiment is from last year’s Winter Greetings set, which has a fun script font that embosses beautifully.
If the last card sparkled like a fairy, this one shines like a disco ball. I covered my card with chunky green glitter paper, then used the same paper to back the die cut ornament. The ornament itself, from Lil’ Inker’s new Christmas Bits dies, was die cut from glossy black card stock for even more shine. There are fewer elements on this card, but even with the same scale and layout, there’s a bigger impact from the bold colors.
The simple ornament string and stamped sentiment are from the fantastic Jolly & Joyful stamp set. In addition to the perfect san serif font, there are a few sweet images included.
And that’s it for me! There’s still more inspiration over at Suzanne’s blog, so stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win a Lil’ Inker gift certificate.