Our challenge was to create cards with pizazz. When I want to add pizazz to a card, I think about adding texture. On this first attempt, I added some texture with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and a Spellbinders butterfly die.
This card has a bit of texture with the embossing on the background and the butterfly, but there isn't much contrast. It really lacks pizazz.
|front and back of embossed cardstock|
I also added some green velvet ribbon for a bit more texture. The gold bling on butterfly body and the gold vinyl outline stickers added a bit more pizazz. Can you see the difference?
I popped the butterfly wings with dimensional foam tape, but glued the body directly to card. I learned to use these nice sentiment stickers from this video & this video.
This was pretty good, but I wanted the orange pumpkins to show up a bit more. I decided to make another card and add some ink to the embossed areas of both pumpkins and butterfly. I like a firm, not too wet ink pad for this that dries well. I used Brilliance Pearlescent Orange.
I think the ink adds a bit more pizazz to the embossing.
You may prefer to stop with the sanded card. It's difficult to capture all the changes with a camera. Since I used a dark cardstock for the base card, this card needed to be lined with a lighter color so it is easier to write a message inside the card. I cut the lining slightly smaller than the base card, then ran it through the Xyron to add adhesive. I burnished (rubbed firmly) over adhered layers to make the adhesive more secure. I scored the center of card base after lining it with my Scor-It board, then folded the card.
|Scoring lined card|
Now, you can press on to see what Shannon has to show you.