A few weeks back I watched a Jennifer McGuire video (HERE) where she used embossing folders and filled the backside of her embossed cardstock with glitter paste, that gave an incredibly beautiful sparkle and shine to the embossed cardstock! So, like any self- respecting crafter, I went straight to SSS to check out how much glitter paste cost, because of course I didn't have any! Well, it comes as a 6 pack at SSS and costs $30, which was a little more than I wanted to pay for a technique I might not like or not want to play with again, so I kinda gave up. Kept thinking about it though, and finally had the thought that maybe glitter glue would work and you can get that at the dollar store! And 3 bottles for a buck at that!! I think the glitter paste would probably work better as far as the glitter staying where you put it, but for a dollar, I'm very happy with my results and I spent an enjoyable day making a bunch of Christmas cards! Let's take a look...
For this card I started with a piece of Soft Succulent cardstock (SU!) and embossed it with a MB embossing folder...Gracious Leaves. I used the gold glitter glue and spread it over the back recessed side of my embossed cardstock, and then waited for it to dry. Once dry, I trimmed it down and added a strip of gold mirror cardstock and a strip of Evening Evergreen (SU!) cardstock to a white card base. I decorated the card with a die cut sentiment from MB called Special Merry Christmas and some stamped and die cut holly leaves and berries from SU!'s Poinsettia Petals stamp & die set.
Here's a close up so you can better see what the glitter looks like on the recessed side of the embossed cardstock...isn't it pretty?!
My 2nd card is basically the same as the first, but portrait orientation, and the embossing folder I used on this one is SSS's Holiday Greenery and the sentiment is MB's Joy & Cheer.
My 3rd card uses a FSJ Evergreen embossing folder, and I also embossed the card base on this one too! I used an evergreen spray from PTI's Sprigs & Sprays stamp & die set, with a little die cut "string" from The Greetery's Fit to Be Tied set in gold mirror cardstock. I used the same gold for my sentiment which is from MB's Merry Christmas Posh Script die.
I finished this card with just a few red gems on the evergreen sprigs.
OK, totally different color family for my last card...Misty Moonlight cardstock (SU!) with the Winter Snow embossing folder (also SU!) and silver glitter glue! As much as I love the gold and green cards, I absolutely LOVED how the silver glitter showed up in the recessed little snowflakes...when the sunlight catches it, it is absolutely beautiful!!
The sentiment is from MB's Let it Snow Posh Script die, and the die cut snowflake is from Poppystamps Giovanna Snowflake die. A couple silver pearls from PFS finished off this card.
I even decorated the insides of all my cards with the pieces that were left over from cutting down the embossed backgrounds! This really was a FUN technique, and quite addicting too...I'll definitely be doing it again! Thanks so much for sticking with me through this looooooong post, and hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! Time to start decorating for Christmas at our house!! :0)