Have you ever been nervous about trying something because you were worried about the amount of mess it would result in? It doesn’t have to be related to crafting. Even cooking or some other task!
I have. LOL
I’m a worrier, and a good one, too! And I’ve often steered clear of doing things that might result in a mess, be it cooking something complicated, or making a card using things like alcohol inks or glimmer or texture pastes.
I saw so many posts on Instagram where people used glitter / glimmer pastes and I thought they were beautiful, and I ordered the Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste as soon as I saw the posts! I’ve had it in my drawer for around 5 – 6 months. I kept thinking that I should use it, but I was worried about the cleanup I’d have to do after using it. I kept thinking about how the paste would get on the stencils, and the craft mat / whatever I did the work on, and the palette knife, not to mention my fingers! And I was like, “Ain’t nobody got the time to clean that up!” But I decided I stalled long enough. I thought, “Big deal if there’s a mess, I’ll just play some card making videos on my iPad and watch them while cleaning so that it becomes more of a fun activity than a chore.”
And voila! I made this card! It was so much fun to make, and see how lovely the effect of the glitter paste was! It wasn’t hard to clean up either! I was so crazy to not have tried this sooner!
So, here’s what I did:
- I used distress inks (Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch) along with the Warp Speed stencil by Altenew to make the background first. The cardstock was the Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# cut to a size of 4.25′ x 5.5′.
- Then, I offset the stencil a little and spread the glimmer paste on it.
- Note: The Glimmer Paste will react with the distress ink and change color a little, which is beautiful, but be sure not to stick the same palette knife back into the jar, because it will contaminate it.
- Then, I removed the stencil and admired the beauty of the background. LOL
- Note: Be sure to clean the stencil with warm water immediately after using the glimmer paste on it, because otherwise, it dries on the stencil and won’t come off.
- After leaving it out to air dry (which didn’t take long at all), I assembled the card:
- I used the Altenew Congrats word die to cut out a bunch of the congrats die cuts using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cardstock.
- I put maybe 3 – 4 of them together using liquid adhesive because I wanted a thick sentiment.
- I cut the same sentiment out of gold foil cardstock this time, and layered it on top of the other die cuts. In the picture, it doesn’t look it, but it actually has a smooth, glossy finish.
- I cut a piece of foam sheet (slightly smaller than the card front) and used it as a backing for the card front.
- Then, I adhered the card front (background + foam on back) to the card base (which was a 4.25′ x 11′ piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# cardstock scored at 5.5′)
After doing all of the above, I admired the beauty of the glimmer paste a little longer (LOL) and then took pictures so that I could post them on Instagram. I actually posted it a few days ago, but didn’t get a chance to write the blog post until now.
Dude, I just scrolled up and realized I typed up a lot! I hope I didn’t bore you! If you’ve made it this far and are still here, please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts or if you have any FOMAMs, or any fears in general! I’d love to see your comments! 🙂