Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tinsel Tales

My hubby and I have this running argument around this time of year.  It's about tinsel.  When I was growing up, the Christmas tree wasn't decorated until it had tinsel.  I like the way it twinkles and glitters and reflects the Christmas lights!  My husband HATES tinsel!  He especially hates how it mysteriously migrates....from the tree to the least likely places all over the house: the closets; the bathroom; the cats' food dish.

 I have to admit, he has a point, so usually we do NOT tinsel the tree.  So I have to get my glitter quota some other way!  It's probably one of the reasons I like making Christmas cards so much.  I wanted to make a swap card for my up line's Team Meeting and decided to use the Dynamic Duo's Colour Challenge: 

The challenge was to use Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green, a really festive colour combo.

I had a question, though.  I wanted, with every fibre of my being, to include some Silver Glimmer paper in my design, but I didn't know if it counted as a neutral.  So I asked the DT at Dynamic Duos that very question, and just got my answer back!  It was counted as Basic Gray would be - a neutral!  I wanted to shout, "YES!" and I thought that could be another argument for tinsel on the tree!  "But Dear, tinsel is a neutral!  It just enhances the colour on the tree already!".....Nope, don't think he'll go for it!
Anyway, I had lots of fun with it on this card, which features the Spotlight Technique.  I stamped the image from the Bells & Boughs stamp set with Jet Black StazOn on Whisper White.  Using the 1 3/4" Circle punch, I punched out a circle of the image and water coloured it using Stampin' Write markers in Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green and Blender Pens.  I die-cut a 2" circle of Raspberry Ripple using the Circles #2 die, matted the coloured piece of the image and adhered it back onto the image, creating a coloured highlight of the black and white image.


The rest of the card consists of a panel of silver glimmer paper, matted in Basic Gray and embellished with a bow of Stitched Satin Ribbon in Raspberry Ripple, a basic white background with the sentiment, also from Bells & Boughs, stamped in Raspberry Ripple.  The nice thing about the Spotlight Technique is that you don't have to watercolour the whole image.  The little snippet gives the picture for the whole stamp.

And that's pretty much the whole card!  Enjoy and thanks for dropping by.

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs (w120831; c121142)
Paper:  Silver Glimmer Paper (124005); Whisper White (100730), Basic Gray (121044) and Raspberry Ripple (126842) card stock
Ink:  StazOn Jet Black (101406), Classic Stampin' Pad in Raspberry Ripple (126859); Stampin' Write Markers in Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green ( 2012-13 In Colour Collection 126856)
Embellishments:  3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Raspberry Ripple (126845); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
Tools:  Blender Pens (102845); 1 3/4" Circle Punch (119850); Circles #2 Originals Die (114526)

Blender Pens
Silver Glimmer Paper
Bells & Boughs stamp set


  1. Ohhhh, I've always been a sucker for the spotlight technique. It's fabulous for stampers like me who don't really have great coloring skills. A little bit goes a long way and I think it really packs a punch! The silver glimmer paper panel is a great addition to the card. Great creation! Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos this week!

  2. I must be living in the dark!-because I've never seen this technique, but I'm in LOVE! WOW!, what a show stopper. I love the addition of the glimmer paper and I'd be in trouble for next week if it wasn't a neutral :/ Thanks for playing with us at Dynamic Duos.

  3. Beautiful card! Great use of that spotlighting technique, and I love the touch of sparkle! Thanks for playing along with Dynamic Duos this week!

  4. Heather this is stunning! What a wonderful card to showcase the spotlighting tecnique and your shading is beautiful on the stamped image. The glimmer paper really adds a fun pop. Thank you so much for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos! :)


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