I've been working on birthday cards lately, not only for myself, but for friends and there's a few "Sassy Seniors" with birthdays this month. I decided to work on a very vintage birthday card with some sparkle and flare.
The flower is three coaster-size doilies. I made the flower by spraying them with "Sassy Shimmer Spritz" (aka homemade glimmer mist). You can also use just plain water for the crinkle effect, but the soft coloring and shimmer is so pretty. After you spray your flowers and they are rather damp, take each one and wad it up in a little ball. Before they dry, unravel them. Take a quick-dry wet mount or glue dot and layer them one on top of each other. While the doilies are still a little damp, start pulling the center of the doilies up so that you have a little "finger" in the middle. Start to crunch up the edges of the doilies to give them a ruffle look. Then take a scissors and cut the little finger out of the middle until it's flat enough to adhere some bling or a button to. If you're still wanting more shimmer, re-spray the flower before adding your center. You can use flat-backed pearls, smaller flowers, rhinestones...you're only limited by your imagination.
For the other elements on the card, I used a border punch to punch both sides of the brown strip of paper. For the pleated ribbon, I used my glue runner on the back to help hold the folds. I began folding and used small glue dots on the front of the ribbon to hold the folds in place where it needed it. I just used my glue runner to attach the ribbon to my card. You could also run the ribbon through your Xyron sticker maker too.
Sassy Shimmer Spritz Recipe:
I filled a 4 oz. spray bottle up 3/4 of the way with water. To that I added two drops of white acrylic paint, three drops of pearl acrylic paint, and about a half teaspoon of pearl Pearl Ex pigment powder. (There's a great sale on a set of Pearl Ex at Overstock.com) If you don't like it that shimmery, just add less Pearl Ex. If you can never have too much shimmer, add a little at a time until you get the desired effect. This mixture will give you a shimmer mist similiar to the Tattered Angels Marshmallow Glimmer Mist.
You can also use bottles of stamp pad re-inker mixed with water, pearl paint, and/or Pearl Ex. The mixture I sprayed the doilies with on my project, using a Ranger mini mister, I filled it 3/4 of the way with water, 2 drops of CTMH Chocolate re-inker, and bronze Pearl Ex. For the Pearl Ex, I used the blade of my Xacto knife kinda like a spoon and put two small blade-fulls in the container. It really looked fantastic on the doilies and was a warmer, richer shimmer.
Thanks for stopping by, and until next time, have a Sassy Scrappy Day!