Never Enough Glitter...

Hey crafty friends, it's Amanda from Pear Blossom Press again! So how much bling is too much for a card? Lol, I'm the wrong person to ask ;) This card is completely covered in shimmer and shine and I love it!

To create this card, I started by stamping, embossing, and watercoloring the images in the Mermaid Hair stamp set. Then I cut them out with my ScanNCut, leaving a narrow white border. After they were cut out, I added a healthy coat of Aqua Shimmer to the images.

For the background pieces, I sprayed heavyweight watercolor paper with Glimmer Mist, then sprinkled on Color Burst watercolor powders. It's easier to gauge how much powder to apply if you sprinkle it onto wet paper and you will also get a grittier look because the powders don't dissolve and mix as much. I made sheets in yellow, green, purple, red, and a blue/green/purple mix. You could use water for this instead, but the Glimmer Mist leaves a nice shimmery finish.

Once the pieces were dry, I used dies to cut out the castle pieces and a pair of stitched hillsides from the yellow. I cut the word thanks and a bunch of seaweed pieces from the green. I cut the flags, starfish, and shells from the red and purple sheets. I used a wonky stitched rectangle die to cut the blue/green/purple background piece. I also used it to cut the sand and castle pieces where they touched the edges so they'd have the same stitched details. I added another layer of sparkle by applying green glitter paste to all of the green pieces, including the mermaid's tail.

While the paste was drying, I die cut a wavy banner and an A2 sized stitched rectangle from blue cardstock. I also cut two more layers of the word thanks from scrap cardstock. I stamped a sentiment from the Sassy Sentiments stamp set onto the banner and embossed it with white powder. I glued the green word thanks to one of the scrap ones, and then glued it to the banner. I glued the third layer of thanks to the back, sandwiching in the banner where it overlapped. This gave me a stronger finished element.

I used a combination of glue and foam to layer the sand, castle, and seaweed to the background. I added the sentiment, starfish, and shells to the scene, then popped the mermaid and fish up with foam tape. I glued the blue rectangle to an A2 card base, then glued the scene to the card with a thin layer of foam sandwiched in between. To add even more bling, I glued on a few sequins and then covered them with Diamond Glaze. I added more Diamond Glaze to the mermaid's tail, the bubbles next to her, and all of the fish.

Every layer of this card has shimmer, glitter, or shine. I think it's pretty fabulous too. So what do you think, too much? Not enough? Let me know in the comments below. If you'd like links to the specific products I used, head on over to my blog for the sister article.

Thanks for stopping by today; I'll be back soon with another fun card!