Saturday, November 9, 2019

Using Black on a Holiday Card

Hello! Alison here. My card for today was created because Amber, the owner of Doodles Paper Playground challenged me to make a holiday card using the "Dragon Glass" Sparkle Blend which is entirely black. Challenge accepted!
I originally thought that I would go super-goth with the card, but then I thought it would be fun to do lots of metallics and make it more elegant than goth. Though I may still do that on a future card. I used a couple of older ornament dies from Stampendous to make 2 shaker windows. The ornament tops were done by applying embossing ink and silver embossing powder to a scrap piece of cardstock, and after it melted, I die cut the tops.
I used a "Happy Holidays" stencil (also from Stampendous) and inked it with VersaMark and sprinkled the same silver embossing powder on to it. I love the shine! Around the edges of my top layer, I added even more VersaMark ink and sprinkled on the "Seasonings" embossing powder, which is a favorite of mine. Do you see all of the different colors in it? It's even more beautiful in person! If you ever try this powder, I highly recommend heating it from underneath, so that the large, chunky granules don't fly off of your cardstock.
Behind my shaker window, I didn't want to just use black cardstock. I wanted more metallics. So I squirted some Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer Delicata Re-inkers on to a Gelli Plate and mixed them a bit with a brayer. Then I laid my black cardstock on top and rubbed it to apply the color. I love the end result! And it really makes the Dragon Glass Sparkle Blend stand out. In the photo above, you can see the unique shapes, sizes, and styles that are in it.
There is a LOT of shine on this card, so it was tough to photograph. It looks better in real life, but I think you get the idea.

This is definitely not a traditional holiday card, and that's one of the reasons why I like it so much. The sparkle and shine are another reason. What products do you use to make your holiday cards non-traditional? Or, do you prefer to stick to the classics? Be sure to head over to the White Rose Crafts shop to see all of the Limited Edition Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground that are currently available. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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