Thanks You're the Best - Karen McKibbin

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Paper Rose Studio Products:
Etched Flowers Die 25663, Little Swirls 6x6” Stencil 19724, Little Foliage 1 Die 21099, All Occasions Sentiment Sheets 22339, Hand Lettered Thanks Die 25606

Other Supplies - Acetate, Cosmic Shimmer Jamie Rodgers Glossy Glaze in Inspired Lilac, Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Sparkles in Flirty Sky, Gilded Plum and Fuchsia Rose, Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste in Chic Aubergine, pearls, DecoFoil in Rainbow Shattered Glass

Hello and welcome!  For this card, I had a few elements that I knew would need to dry overnight, so I started with those first.  

For the acetate layer, I taped the Little Swirls stencil in place over my 6x6” piece of acetate.  I spread the Cosmic Shimmer Glossy Glaze over the entire stencil and used a palette knife to smooth out the application.  With the stencil still in place, I sprinkled on the Flirty Sky Pixie Sparkle powder quite liberally, and then spritzed it all with a few pumps of a water mister bottle.  I let that sit for a couple of minutes to be sure the water was activating the powder.  Then I removed the stencil and cleaned it up with water.  I left the acetate to dry overnight and once it’s dry, flip it over to see how beautiful and sparkly the bottom or “wrong” side is!

I also prepared the paper for the flowers the night before.  I used copy or computer paper for these, and placed about 4” wide strips onto an old metal cookie sheet.  I spritzed both sides of the paper with water, and then liberally sprinkled on the Pixie Sparkle powders in Gilded Plum and Fuchsia Rose.  I misted these quite liberally with a water mister to really get the powders activated, and then left them to dry overnight.  

For the leaves, on a scrap piece of white cardstock, I spread a thin layer of the Sparkle Texture paste and allowed that to dry overnight as well.  

The following day, I created a 6 x 6” card base.  I sprayed the front with a spray glue and attached the acetate, putting the stencilled side down against the front of the card.  I placed this under a heavy weight to allow it to dry.  I die cut the frame from white cardstock and glued this in place over the acetate.

Next, I die cut the flowers from the prepared computer paper, and the leaves from white cardstock, vellum and the cardstock covered with the Sparkle Texture paste.  I shaped the flowers slightly by pinching the tips and I used a round ball stylus on an old computer mouse pad to help shape the centres.  I glued the layers of the flowers together before attaching them to the front of the card with glue dots.  I used glue to add a small pearl to the centers of each flower.  Once the flowers were in place, I added in the leaves.  

The sentiment was die cut three times and glued together.  I foiled the secondary sentiment with my laminator, trimmed it down and added 2 or 3 strips of scrap cardstock to the back for dimension.  The sentiments were then glued to the front of the card,  There is really a lot of shine on this card with all the acetate, Pixie Sparkle powders and foiling, but it was hard to capture in a photo.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re having a happy, creative day!

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