15 January 2017


It's cold outside. They're skating on the lakes here (for the first time in decades, actually). A blustery glittery card to celebrate a Brrr-thday.



Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Be Square
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Winter Birthday
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes
Scribbles Designs: Birthday Bonanza
Tuesday Throwdown: Snowflakes
Art Impressions: Card Resolutions (piecing with glitter)
More Mixed Media challenge: Blue
Southern Ridge: Winter
The Sketchy Challenge: Anything Goes
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Free For All

Putting It Together

I started with the idea of having glittered areas on the image and wanted to try a couple techniques to do so.

In my initial attempt, I embossed the whole image with Emerald Creek black powder. Then, with a VersaMarker, I added sticky embossing powder to the scarf area. Sticky embossing powder becomes sticky when it's heated. I then poured on Silk Microfine glitter from ECD. It showed the coverage of the sticky from the embossing powder wasn't complete. I like the look, actually, but it wasn't what I wanted for this project, so I started again.

I stamped the image again on watercolour cardstock with light blue ink. 

I decided to do paper piecing with adhesive to add the glitter. Using Stazon, I stamped part of the image on ECD adhesive sheet. However, while trying to fussy cut the pieces, I discovered StaZon does not stick to the slick surface of the two-sided release paper. 

I decided to try again and stamped the whole image on more adhesive sheet, but on the back side where the release sheet is one-sided with a papery back. At this point I was considering doing the entire image in glitter.

I fussy cut the pieces to be pieced. I removed the release paper and pieced the adhesive into the image.

I removed the other release sheet to expose the adhesive. I dumped on the glitter and brushed off the excess using the same technique for other glitter piecing (such as with Bottled Princess).

The sweater looked marvelous so I continued. 

I help get the adhesive in place after removing one of the release sheets, I used a bit of scrap release sheet. 

I got the scarf piece perfectly, but I started to miss the defining lines in the image. 

I added in the shirt, under the sweater, and gloves and then, using the Misti and masking, I stamped on the glitter with Archival ink. Dimension returned. 

I went back to my original idea of mixing watercolour (with Distress Ink) and the glitter piecing. I also added Snow Marker for a fluffy tail and silver embossing for the skates. I also added in red where the gloves adhesive wasn't perfectly complete.

I loosely fussy cut the image.

Fussy cut cuteness.

I used an embossing folder to emboss a panel of Core'dinations blue with lighter core. I used a nail buffer to sand down the embossing to reveal the lighter core for an easy 2 colour panel.

Since I wanted to make a square card, I trimmed the embossed panel and then matted it with a metallic silver.

I added the image with foam mounting tape to give him dimension.

I used scrap from the embossed panel and the metallic paper to embellish the inside along with stamping the sentiment.


  1. So sweet! I love the glitter on the sweater and scarf!! Thanks for joining our challenge this week with Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.
    Marilyn DT

  2. Wow! You truly caught the entire creative process that most of us go through! Love it. Your card is awesome. Thank you for sharing it (and your creative journey) with us at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

  3. Your post title made me laugh as well as the sentiment, super cute! I never take the time to paper piece and I should, your little bunny is precious. Great idea to stamp the detail on your paper pieced images, it really made them stand out. Thanks for joining us at Just for Fun Rubber Stamps! Wendy DT

  4. Such a lovely card, the bunny is so sweet. Love the embossed background. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  5. I loved seeing the production of your creation. Thank you so much for sharing! And thank you for joining us at Scribbles Designs 4th Birthday Bonanza!

    Many thanks!
    Sandy S
    Owner & Designer Scribbles Designs

  6. Love the glittery sweater and scarf - this makes such a great card for our challenge! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  7. I LOVE the glitter! Ice Ice Baby is one of my favorite sets. Can't look at that bunny and not want to smile! Thanks so much for joining us at Kraftin' Kimmie Challenges!

  8. Great tutorial! I love the finished effect - so worth it. Thanks for joining our Card Resolutions challenge at Art Impressions!

  9. My goodness, that is quite a project, just adorable.

  10. Very cute! The glittered sweater is so much fun. Thanks for sharing with us at Just for Fun Rubber stamps!

  11. Great masculine card. Great progress pics. Thank you for joining in the Birthday Challenge at Scribbles Designs.

  12. Hello… Thanks for sharing your card with us… your card is lovely and fits perfectly with our “4th Birthday Bonanza” challenge theme… hope you joined in our Blog Hop too… please join us next time and good luck in the draw.
    [Diane Louise, DT Member, Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog]

  13. Hi just adore his glittery jumper and scarf and fab tutorial thank you for sharing it with us at The Sketchy Challenges :)

  14. Oh what a happy, sparkly rabbit! I love the background behind him. Thanks for joining the Just For Fun challenge. We hope to see you back soon!


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