Since we are getting our royal bling on this month, I thought I would show you a quick and easy technique to add bling to your cards or scrapbook layouts without paying a royal fee! Whenever I'm at my local scrapbook store, I always pause at those beautiful rhinestone or pearl adhesive flourishes. They come in so many colors and add such sparkle, but the price per piece always makes me walk away. So I decided to improvise with some flourish stamps, Versamark ink, and Stickles and Liquid Pearls. I also had a little more fun with glitter and acetate, so let's get to work on this card.
First of all, the main image (from Unity Stamps) is stamped on acetate. I did this so that when I added all my glitter, I could do it to the back side of the image instead of the front, thereby keeping any stray glitter contained and off of my recipient. Start by stamping with StazOn or Archival Ink:
After the ink has dried, turn the image over and work on the back side. I decided to try two methods for adding glitter to the images. For the center butterfly, I first applied Glossy Accents, keeping slightly inside the lines and away from the edge (I assumed it would spread a little when I added glitter).
Next, I added some art glitter and allowed it to dry.
For the sake of comparison, I glittered the other two butterflies using Stickles. I think in the end, the art glitter supplied a little more sparkle, but the Stickles were much less messy, and I had the Stickles out to make the flourishes anyway.
Now, on to the bling flourishes. Create the background for your card, then stamp your flourish or swirl stamps using Versamark or other clear emboss ink. This watermarked flourish image will be your guideline for adding the Stickles. Use flourish stamps that are fairly simple. I used clear stamps (from Autumn Leaves) so that I could see the placement of the images.
Here's a close-up of the Versamark-stamped flourishes.
It was very difficult to capture this in a photograph, so I'm going to switch over to a plain dark purple background to show you the next steps. I'm also going to use white Liquid pearls to make it easier to see what I'm doing. First, here's the stamped purple background (you can see the guidelines better here):
Next, take your Liquid Pearls or Stickles (or any other similar product), and start adding dots along the swirl image. Take a moment to practice on some scrap paper - it's quite easy once you've done it a few times. Just remember to add your dot and pull the bottle straight up - don't move it sideways or you'll get a little dash instead of a dot. To make a teardrop shape, add a slightly larger drop, then pull the liquid out from the center with the tip of your bottle (without squeezing). Here's the swirl almost completed:
It may not seem so, but this goes really quickly once you get the hang of it. It only took me a few minutes to bling up each card. Here's a close-up of the Stickles swirl on the butterfly card:
I added little teardrops wherever the stamped flourish showed one, for a little more interest. And I didn't let that purple background go to waste... I used the same techniques as I used for the butterfly to add some glitter to the moon and ice for this skating couple from Rogue Redhead Designs.
Easy, quick, and inexpensive! I hope you'll give it a try as an alternative way to get some bling on!