Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Brilliant Colors of Amethyst

Hello Sparkle Blends fans! Alison here. I've got a new shaker card to share with you, using one of the newest Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground, called "Amethyst." It's part of the birthstone collection, and it truly captures the brilliant colors of amethyst. Amethyst the stone comes in varying shades of purple, sometimes tinged with pink, and very often has veins of white running through it. That is exactly what is embodied in this mix of sequins, mini gems, and glitter sequins.
 I chose to color up a Laurel Burch cat for this card. It's actually a holiday stamp, but by switching up the colors and design of the card, this image can absolutely be used all year long. I colored the cat with Zig Clean Color Markers, and I used Nuvo Drops to fill in the "ornaments' on the tree.
 For my background, I chose to use Spun SugarSeedless Preserves, and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. I blended the colors together and heat set them. Then I added a Laurel Burch sentiment and Border Stamp, and heat embossed them with Detail Black Embossing Powder.
 Next I die cut the shaker window with an Elizabeth Crafts Design die. I chose a piece of Kaisercraft paper from the Bombay Sunset Paper Pad for behind the window. I used black craft foam behind my background panel to pop the background up so that my Sparkle Blend had room to move. I cut the craft foam slightly smaller than my background panel, and I used the same circle die that I used for the window. This way, my Sparkle Blend wouldn't be out of the window at all, and the black just created a shadow. This may have been the fastest shaker panel I have made because of doing it this way.
I think that creating Distress Oxide backgrounds like this really allow the Sparkle Blends to breathe and show off their colors. I will be doing more combinations like this,but instead pulling colors directly from the Blends and seeing where that takes me with the Oxides. That's it for me today. I will have another project to share with you very soon. For now, head on over to White Rose Crafts LLC to check out all of the new Sparkle Blends. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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