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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Swirl Tree Christmas Cards.

 So, on yesterdays WOYWW, I had been working on some glitter paste Christmas tree cards.
This stencil is by Sweet Poppy, called Swirl Tree.

 I made 8, 4 on black linen cardstock, and 4 on white.

 Now the paste has dried, you can see some of the sparkle from the gold glitter I mixed into the stencil paste.

They've been trimmed down to fit an A5 card base, a greeting added with some small peel offs I'm still trying to use up, and a few red acrylic gems for Baubles.

Here they look a little dull, as the glitter doesn't start to show up properly until the paste dries.

I was asked about glitter/paste proportions, and have to admit there was nothing exact about this- I just added until it looked about right! I'd guess that the ratio was roughly 3 teaspoons of paste to 1 or 1 1/2 of glitter. You basically want enough glitter to make it sparkle, but still keep the paste fairly soft in consistency. And if you are adding glitter to coloured paste, be aware that you won't really see any evidence of glitter or sparkle till it dries.

If using white/clear/translucent, and coloured glitter, you will of course see the glitter, so will be better able to judge proportions, so it may be best to use that first time round to get a feel for it.

You can buy glittered Stencil Paste, but if you have glitter, it's just cheaper to make it yourself.

Here the stencil is taped down over the cardstock, and beneath it is a magnetic sheet, which is a great help in keeping the stencil flat and in place. Under the magnetic sheet- and I just bought some A4 sheets off E-Bay or Amazon, you want to get a fairly strong, thick sheet for this- is a small off cut of non-slip mat, bought in a 1 metre roll from Poundland.


Rita said...

Oh Wow Shaz. What beautiful cards. I love them. Hugs Rita xxxx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Very classy indeed! You can't beat a bit of sparkle 😊
Hugs LLJ xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely fabulous cards Shaz, love the tree image and your lovely gold colours, Kate x

Sarah Brennan said...

Nice. Will have to try batch making.

Aimeslee W. said...

Wonderful jobbers on these, Shaz. You know, I think I like the white card stock better, but I'm not thrilled about black at Christmas much. Excellent advice about beginning to mix in glitter using the clear/translucent paste. I learned that for peeps like me who are easily overwhelmed, it pays to begin plain. Got the benefit of that with gelli printing. Started out using only one color, then different shades of same color, process was much less stress for me. xoxo

Aimeslee W. said...

Oh and thank you for blog-visiting me! I was thrilled to see you and invite you back in advance, xoxoxo

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