I've been spending a lot of time in my craft room this past week, trying new techniques and some old ones that I've forgotten about. I was reminded of one that I used to teach years ago, by Vicki Papaioannou ( Birthday Card/ Aqua Flow pens/ Novo Glimmer Paste/video).
I don't have any Novo Glimmer paste (http://goo.gl/1DZxhR) but I do have tons of embossing paste from my classes and some Farber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel.
I started by selecting the stencil I wanted for the background, I have tons of stencils so finding the right one took me a while. Once I had it, I cut my paper down to the size I wanted, because once the paste dries it would be impossible to cut on my trimmer. I used a 110lb cardstock for this to give it stability, but 65lb works just as well. I taped down my card stock, using Scotch removable Tape, I love using it because it doesn't stick to my card ever. Then I aligned the stencil where I wanted it, and taped it down. Using my pallet knife I applied the FC Glass Bead paste to the stencil in a downward stroke, using just enough pressure to apply the paste, then in an upward stroke in the same place. By doing this it fills in all the spaces you might have missed on the first stroke and gives a more even layer. Then I removed the stencil and placed it in a warm soapy water bath so the stencil would clean up easily. I removed the tape from my paper and move my background to a safe place to dry while I made my flowers.
I stamped out my flowers using Altenew's Beautiful Day stamps, and Distress Ink. Then I fussy cut them out. By the time I was done my background was dry and I could put my card together.
Using glue dots I placed my leaves where I wanted them on the background. then I cut a circle for the back of one of the flowers, to give just a little more dimension from the leaves. the second flower was popped up using dimensional tape. I cut a small banner of pink and stamped Be Mine from my Clearly Posh stamp set (POSH-CST-024). Then matted in pink and adhered it to a white card.
I love the way the card turned out and will be using this technique more often from now on.
I've added this close up for a better view of the glass bead background shimmer.