Monday, April 13, 2015

A New Technique for Freshly Made Sketches


Welcome back! Today I wanted to share with you a "new-to-me" technique and one I haven't seen on many other sites either. I'm not even sure what it's called, so I'm going to call it the Crystal Glitter Tissue Technique, since it uses Crystal Effects, Tissue Paper and Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the back of an acetate sheet stamped with StazOn ink. I found this technique on Lisa Barnard's blog, and I've been wanting to try it forever. My problem was that there is lots of drying time involved, and more often than not, I'm doing last minute blog posts. So finally, this weekend I had a chance to work ahead and give it a try. FUN!!

I'm entering it in Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #181, which give this technique a chance to be the "Stah of the Show" without competition from a lot of other layers and shapes.



  • I'm really pleased that all the glitter showed up on the photos. So often it doesn't. I might have overdone it a tad, but it sure is sparkly! This technique will take a bit of adjusting here and there, but I'm pleased with my first attempt.
  • I used the fern frond image from Butterfly Basics stamped in StazOn Jet Black Ink on the front of a Window Sheet for the start of the technique. Look a little later on in this post for some exciting news from Stampin' Up! re: the Butterfly Framelits and Bundles and an extra chance at some Sale-A-Bration Rewards!!
  • I turned over the stamped window sheet and spread copious amounts of Crystal Effects all over it. I then used 2 drops of Mossy Meadow Reinker, 2 drops of Pear Pizzazz Reinker and 4 or 5 drops of Daffodil Delight Reinker, randomly over the area of the Window Sheet. I added a spoonful of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and then mixed the whole thing around on the back of the Window Sheet, taking care to leave areas of different colours unmixed.
  • The next step is to cut a piece of tissue paper about 1/4" larger on all sides than the Window Sheet. Scrunch it up and unfold again and press onto the back of the acetate, making sure to cover the surface, but leaving the wrinkles intact. Then leave the whole mess to dry overnight.
  • In the morning I trimmed all the sides of the acetate and tissue to get clean lines and mounted it on a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock with an 1/16" border all around. The next layer is Pear Pizzazz cardstock with a border of Paper Piercing for interest.
  • The sentiment from Moon Lake Stamp set is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on vellum with a flag cut in the end. The Rhinestone hides the glue dot that attaches it to the card front. The ribbon is Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon and the little bow was made with a fork.
That's a lot of bullets, but necessary to describe the technique to you. I hope you'll give it a try. I know you'll have fun with it.


Yes, Sale-A-Bration is over, but there is still a chance that you can earn some select rewards and it has to do with the Butterfly Thinlits that were unavailable for so long after that dock strike. There have still been many frustrating issues that Stampin' Up! is dealing with to get them to you, but because it has been so long, they want to make it up to their customers and I think this is just an awesome way. Here's what they say:


"We realize you and your customers may be disappointed you were not able to purchase the Thinlits in time to receive Sale-A-Bration rewards--especially in the discounted bundles. Therefore, from the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available through April 30, we are bringing you two special offers:
  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount--just $26.30!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Their best estimate of when the thinlits might be available is April 15, which will give you a two week window to take advantage of this offer. I have a feeling there is going to be a BIG rush on these thinlits and it might not hurt to let me know ahead of time if you want either the thinlits themselves at a 15% discount or the Butterfly Basics Bundle with the Sale-A-Bration reward. If you want the bundle, let me know which reward you want and give me an alternative because they are only available while supplies last. I will then be able to submit an order as soon as they are available, giving you the best chance of getting them before they run out.




Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the Stampin' Up! products used to make this card today!


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1 comment :

Cindy said...

That technique is awesome and so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches.