Sunday, February 17, 2019

Dude, Let's Celebrate

Greetings! Alison here. Today I am sharing a card that features the new "Mardi Gras Parade" Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground, along with 2 of the "Sweet Treats" stamps from Stampendous.
 I stamped the ice cream cone and doughnut  repeatedly all over my background with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. Then I used Koi Watercolors to paint them. I mixed a few of the colors myself, like the pistachio ice cream and the frosting on the doughnut. That's always something I love to do, no matter the medium. I used some "Crushed Grapes" Nuvo Drops on the pistachio ice cream to add a bit of shine and dimension beyond the sequins I was going to add.
 The "Mardi Gras Parade" Sparkle Blend is filled with shades of purple, green, and gold. It even has glitter sequins and day-glow sequins! As perfect as it is for Mardi Gras, don't pigeon hole it for just that purpose. It will work for many occasions. You can see some of the beautiful colors in the Blend in my photo above.
 For my sentiment, I used the totally rad "Dude" die set from Simon Says Stamp and CZ Designs. I say "dude" all the time, so this die is perfect for me. And I love the font. I paired my die cut with a sentiment that is also from Simon, called "Tiny Words," which I heat embossed in white on black cardstock. I inked up my card base with the direct-to-paper technique with Dusty Concord Distress Oxide.

I love how this cheery card turned out. Clearly it's for a celebration, but I kept it non-specific so that it could work for many things. And I like that it can be for anyone. I think that even just a sprinkle of Sparkle Blends has an impact, so don't forget to look beyond the shaker! If you'd like to see what else is in the "Mardi Gras Parade" Sparkle Blend, please visit White Rose Crafts LLC, as they are the exclusive retailer. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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