Glitter fest!

Last month, I was honoured and excited to be asked to present a workshop "wow" at the Stampin' Up! Perth Regional Seminar - an experience that included being hooked up to a microphone, presenting on stage to an audience of over 200 of my stampin' peers, all while having a dude with a camera hovering over my shoulder and projecting my stampin' hands onto two big screens at the front of the room.

Five years ago, such an experience would have filled me with dread (and when I was asked to present for the very first time about three Regionals ago I truly was filled with dread and considered a polite "no thank you" response) but having had the opportunity to present at three Regional Seminars now, as well as once at the yearly national convention, I'm pleased to be able to say that I think I have conquered my long held and deeply ingrained fear of public speaking and can cross that one off my bucket list.

The projects that I presented this time around focused on the new Sticky Sheets and our range of fine Stampin' Glitters.

glitter-butterfly

glitter-butterfly-close

The other star of the show - the one that allowed me to obtain the lacy, glittery look - was actually a length of doily, plastic-y, tablecloth-y type stuff that I got from my local haberdashery store.  That's the only way I can think to describe it, and when I did so at the shop, the assistant knew exactly what I was talking about and took me right to it :-)

The beauty of this stuff is that it's reusable (the plastic-y nature of it peels right off the Sticky Sheet), it's inexpensive and comes by the metre, so you can get as much or as little as you need, and because you're effectively using it as a stencil, it doesn't matter if it's ugly gold trimmed like the one in the middle as it doesn't actually feature in your end result.  Bonus!

The process of actually achieving this result is very simple.  Firstly you peel the backing sheet off the Sticky Sheet and adhere it to a piece of cardstock, the peel the top (red) layer off the Sticky Sheet and lay the tablecloth piece over it.  You don't want to press it too hard, as the Sticky Sheet is super sticky and you want to be able to remove the tablecloth easily.  Pour your first colour of Stampin' Glitter over the top and rub it gently with your finger to ensure it gets into all the tiny holes and sticks to the Sticky Sheet beneath.  Pour off the excess glitter, then peel off the tablecloth.  Now take your second (ideally, highly contrasting) colour of Stampin' Glitter and pour it over the previous colour so that it sticks onto the exposed Sticky Sheet.  Pour off the excess again, then dust-bust your desk and fend off comments for the rest of the day about how you are covered in glitter (I did a couple of afternoon school runs after preparing my samples, so I can vouch for that from experience)

That's all there really is to it, and the options as far as cutting shape with the Bigshot as in the butterfly example above are pretty much endless.

I had a second card sample that I handed in to Stampin' Up! as an example of the technique that I showed and also a 12 x 12 scrapbooking layout that I created about/for my niece, so I will try and grab that back off her one of these days and snap a picture.

The fourth sample is my favourite and was created as a bit of an artwork feature for my girls' bedroom...

glitter-frame

This one was created using a 3D frame from the Happiest Place on Earth (Ikea for those of you unfamiliar with my Swedish furniture obsession) and this time I placed the tablecloth stencil right over the mat board and glittered directly onto it.

To keep the glitter as the star of the show and not make the whole effect too busy, I kept the centre very simple, with a chipboard butterfly from the new On Board Merry Medley set embossed with the new Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss Powder (let's hear a big "YAY" for coloured embossing!!) and embossed the tiny stamped heart from the Create a Cupcake set over the top in Cherry Cobbler.

I hope you have enjoyed my samples as much as I enjoyed creating them, and that you can forgive the past two and a half months of deathly blog silence from me.  I will redeem myself, I promise ;-)

If you would like any further information on the technique I have described here, or to purchase any of the products required to achieve it, please don't hesitate to contact me.

"Glitter Butterfly Card" Stamps: Tiny Tags Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso,  Cherry Cobbler, 2010-11 In Color DSP Stack Ink: Cherry Cobbler & Early Espresso (Stampin' Write Markers) Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Jewelry Tag Punch, Antique Brads, Sticky Sheet, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Finer Supernova Glitter (Chocolate)

"Glitter Frame with Embossed Butterfly" Stamps: Create a Cupcake (small heart) Paper: none Ink: Versamark Accessories: On Board Merry Medley, Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Emboss Powder, Sticky Sheet, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Fine Supernova Glitter (Olive)