Hi friends, Carolyn Peeler with you today to share a card using the burnished velvet technique. After you check out this tutorial I recommend that you take a bit of a trip back in time and check out a post written by Lisa Strahl in 2010 here in the CLASSroom as she also gives a lot of great tips and suggestions for this technique.
For the main focal point of my card I chose to use the Elizabeth Crafts "Leafy Branch" Die. It is such a delicate design and can be used for so many different themes. For all the glitter on today's card, I've used MicroFine glitter by Glitter Ritz - there are so many gorgeous colors to choose from with this brand!
Let's get started! First, create your card. I cut a piece of white cardstock 5" high x 8.5" wide, then folded it in half to create my card front. As you will notice, this is not a 'standard' size. But in order to make the scale of the leaf die work, I decided that I should make my card a little bit shorter than the norm. You will also want to cut a piece of double sided adheisive that is slightly larger than the card in height, and wider than the die (see below). This is what the die will be mounted onto.
Next, cut a second piece of double sided adhesive that is only slightly larger than the die.
Then run the die and adhesive through your die cutting machine.
Next, remove the back layer of adhesive from the large piece that you cut earlier and then stick the adheisive onto the left side of your card front as seen below. Trim any excess adhesive that overlaps the top and/or bottom of the card.
Once the back of the adhesive is stuck onto your card front, remove the top protective paper layer. Be very careful not to touch the exposed adhesive with your hand as you do not want to transfer the oils from your hand onto the surface of the adhesive as it will adversely affect the tack.
Next, remove the back layer of the adhesive from the leaf die and stick it, centering it onto the large adhesive rectangle. Once again, be careful as you don't want to touch the exposed adhesive. I used the top of a paintbrush to rub the die cut into place in order to ensure that I wouldn't accidentally touch the adhesive. (Be sure to leave the top layer of protective paper on the die cut.)
Now we're going to get started with the glitter. We're going to start by pouring Java Bean, which is the background brown color, on top of the adheiseive. After pouring it on, you can use a brush to remove the excess glitter.
Once the excess is removed, you will remove the adhesive from the front of the leaf die. At this point, while it is ok to touch the part of the card with the brown glitter on it, you still do not want to touch the adhesive that you are just uncovering.
I decided to use two shades of green glitter to on the leaf die: Grasshopper was the lighter green and Moss Green was the darker. Starting with the lighter color, sprinkle the glitter onto the die cut, then add the darker green and finally, using a brush, brush away the excess glitter.
Now you have come to the step that adds the MAGIC to this card. Using your finger, you are going to burnish the glitter by rubbing in a circular motion. The oils from your fingers will actually bring out the luster in the glitter - it is truly beautiful! After this step you will also find that the glitter will feel like a rich, soft velvet, hence the "Burnished Velvet" name for this technique. Cool, eh?!
Cut a narrow strip of kraft cardstock and glue it so that it overlaps the line where the glitter and white cardstock meet. After gluing it in place, trim the excess paper so that the strip is the exact same size as the card front.
As a final step, using the "Thank you" stamp from the Essentials by Ellen "Autumn Acorns" stamp set, stamp the saying with Tuxedo Black ink, onto a small strip of white cardstock. Using 3d dimensional adheisive, stick the greeting onto the lower right of the card front - as seen in the finished sample.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this project!
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