Sending a Little Joy - Altenew | Stretch Your Dies

Hello Friends!
I mentioned I'd be back with the beautiful Altenew alphas.
This time around with a sparkly, glittery take, that features a negative inlay and a fabulous way to stretch these fantastic dies!

To start my card, I used the pretty Caps Bold alpha dies to create a negative cut-out of my focal point.  I've been loving the word 'joy' and I've chosen it as my go-to for this Season's cards. You'll see a few more cards with it yet to come.
To accentuate the negative die-cuts, and create the look of inlay lettering, rather than actually embossing each letter, you can use a cardstock base covered with a sticky double-sided adhesive sheet. For a two-tone look, use a piece of cardstock to cover the lower portion of the now-sticky paper, as you apply the embossing powder.  Then simply add a mixture of gold, pink, white and glittered embossing powders to create a sparkly base. Once the top is heat-embossed, add embossing powder to the bottom half, using a different mix of embossing powders.

This sparkle is sooo pretty in person! And I love that the glitter stays in place. No one likes a messy card that sheds all over :)

To accent the central word, I used the pretty Stampendous Rose Gold embossing enamel to stamp sweet trees from a favorite Christmas stamp set in my stash (I think it's by Fancy Pants?), but any tree would work! I used the stars and snowflakes from the set as well, embossed in silver and leftover pink and gold custom-mixes.

I used a glue pen to fill in the tree's trunks, and ornaments, and added some Silver Halo glitter (my fave!). I also colored the trees with a soft pink Copic marker, and then stamped a sentiment, embossed in kraft and white, onto some heat-safe clear cardstock. I absolutely love how this card looks in person!
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  1. This is lovely Ivana! The sparkling metallics are extra fancy and I like the layout of your design. Those cascading stars and snowflakes create wonderful movement!

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! I have THE hardest time creating movement on cards - it's so heartwarming to know you like the stars and flakes! Thanks for your sweet visits, dear friend! xo


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