Smile – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s again time for another Die Cut Design Team Challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog. Every month the Die Cut Desing Team members are challenged to with a different task and this months theme is „Glittery Backgrounds„.

Since it is spring, I tried to make a soft toned card. Here is my take:

And here is how I created this card:
I took a light yellow card base and some pearlescent white cardstock and die cut the Dancing Butterflies from the white cardstock. I also adhered a strip of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the card base and left just a tiny strip of the cardstock on both sizes free of the adhesive.

Then I placed the die cut butteflies onto the adhesive surface. I attachted the butterflies with the adhesive surface using the protective cover sheet of the adhesive. This way there are no fingerprints on the adhesive and everything stays on place. If I would touch the adhesive surface with my fingers, the glitter would not stick to those areas that well. So make sure you are careful not to touch it during this step.
Next I took a coffee filter and placed it under my card. I then poured some Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter onto the adhesive and carfully brushed away the residue. The glitter that is in the coffee filter can be re-used. Just carefully pour it back to the jar from the filter. If you get glitter onto your fingers and working surface, use a Swiffer dust cloth to remove it. Polish the glitter with your finger by moving into one direction and gently pressing your finger against the glittered surface. This will result a fabulous shiny background!
Here is a close-up of the finished, polished background to give you an idea on how much difference it makes to polish the surface. And don´t be scared about getting your fingers dirty. Hardly any glitter comes off during this step if you have wiped the residue off with the brush. (There is a video on how to do this over here, if you are interested to see the step-by-step and how it´s done).

Next I die cut a Small Butterfly from the same paper. Again adding a layer of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the base part. Next I removed the loose pieces from the upper part of the butterfly and adhered the pieces together. There is also a Dancing Butterfly piece that I die cut from golden vellum on this photo. However I chose not use use that on my finished card. Instead I used a white one.  After adhering the upper and lower part of the Small Butterfly together, I added a layer of Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter onto the open areas. I repeated the same steps here as I did with the background earlier.
Finally I wanted to add a dimensional word/sentiment to my card, so I took some adhesive foam and die cut the word Smile from it. Even though the foam is relatively thick,the die cut cut all the way thru. This way you can also create your own foam alphabets ;-).. !

Now all I needed to do was to decorate the card and it was done. I added two strips of adhesive patterened paper and a pink tulle ribbon to the card, then layered the butterflies and added some half pearls into the middle to match the tulle ribbon.

Here are some close-ups of the finished card:

Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see the projects my Die Cut Design Team colleagues have created for this challenge!! There are so many great ways to use this fabulous glitter on your projects. I love this glitter!! Come back in a few days and I might be sharing one or two other glitter projects here on my blog :).

Hope you get inspired to try out this great product!!
Let´s stay creative!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Dancing Butterflies
Small Butterfly
Smile
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets
Clear Double Sided Adhesive 3 mm
Silk Microfine Glitter – Fire Opal
Silk Microfine Glitter – Warm Diamond
Brushes

Other:
Big Shot
Yellow card base
Half pearls
Pearlescent white cardstock
Tulle ribbon
Adhesive paper
Adhesive foam

Silk Microfine Glitter card backgrounds – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, lovelies! It´s been quite a while (over a year, to be precise) since my last step-by-step video. Time to change that right now! I took the time and recorded something I had promised to do back in February – a video in German about how to create beautiful glitter backgrounds with Silk Microfine Glitter.

And while I was at it, I did the video also in English…

….and in Finnish.

Since it has been such a long time since my last video, I felt like I was doing it for the first time, so if the result is not perfect, please keep in mind that it has been a while… you tend to get out of practise after a while.

In the video you only see two cards, I actually ended up creating 4 in the end.  For the third and fourth card I used the same yellow & teal glitter combination as on my lace backgound cards on the video, except I used the colors in opposite order. Here is what I did:  Sanna LippertI added first the teal onto the background, then polished it and then added the yellow glitter. After that I die cut some flowers from the glitter paper with the Big Flower Set 1 and used them on my 3rd and 4th card.

Sanna LippertHere is a detail shot of the card shown on the video where the first color I added was yellow and the second was teal.

And finally I´d like to show you some step-by-step photos on how I did the honeycomb background using the die cut protective sheet of the adhesive as a stencil:
Sanna LippertI had some Honeycomb die cut die protective sheet pieces of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet which I adhered onto the adhesive surface of the white cardstock. Sanna LippertNext I applied a layer of Chocolate Silk Microfine Glitter over the surface (as shown in the video, remove residue with the brush onto the coffee filter and pour back into the jar). Sanna LippertBefore removing the protective sheet die cut pieces I polished the glitter with my finger. Next I poured the Spring Peridot Silk Microfine Glitter over the white areas and polished the glitter. Sanna LippertThis is what the Honeycomb glitter background looks like. I then cut it into similar sized strips with a paper cutter and as shown on the video, used one of those strips for a card. Here are photos of the finished cards:
Sanna LippertSanna LippertThose die cut flowers are cut from leftover paper pieces and added to the open spaces. The background is made like on the first card, except the colors were added in opposite order. Sanna LippertHere I´ve used the die cut flowers from the above card do create a layered flower. Sanna LippertI hope you get inspired to try the Silk Microfine Glitter out yourself! It is really super fine and because of that, you can do very detailed work with it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

SUPPLIES:
Through the Lens – Wood
Bead Strings 2
Big Flower Set 1
Honeycomb
Clear Double Sided Adhesive SheetSpring Peridot Silk Microfine Glitter
Teal Silk Microfine Glitter
Chocolate Silk Microfine Glitter
Yellow Silk Microfine Glitter
Time for Teal Soft Finish Cardstock
Celadon Green Soft Finish Cardstock
Flower Mosaic Embossing Folder
Beehive