Monday, April 6, 2020

My Monthly Hero Release with Video Tutorial and a Giveaway!

Hi Everybody! Guess what day it is?! It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit release! If this is your first time hearing about the MMH kit you can CLICK HERE for more information. This month's kit is all about Australia. It wasn't long ago that Australia suffered a devastating amount of damage from relentless fires. Among the damage was great loss of life to much of Australia's wildlife. This month's kit is a tribute to Australia and it is truly beautiful! For my card I made an ocean scene (video tutorial below)...

#cardbomb, #mariawillis, Hero Arts, #heroarts, #mymonthyhero, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #cards, #cardmaker, #cardmaking, #handmade, #handmadecards, #craft, #papercraft, #diy, #art, #color, #sharks, #ocean, #video, #videotutorial,

...but the kit is full of images of a variety of wildlife as well as trees, terrain and other items to help you build scenes (check out that stencil!). 

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Here's a link to my video if you'd like to check it out:




I love the stencil included in this month's kit and I decided to use it to create an ocean scene with a fiery sky!
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I started off by heat embossing the sharks in black. Next, I masked off the top portion of the stencil so that I could focus on the lower half of the card. I ink blended the ocean using Hero Arts reactive inks in blues and blue greens. Then I used a sponge dauber to add some embossing ink. I sprinkled that Sparkling Sea embossing powder to give the water a salty, shimmering texture. I used an embossing pen on top of that and heat embossed some puffy white embossing powder to give the look of sea foam.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, Hero Arts, #heroarts, #mymonthyhero, #video, #videotutorial, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #cards, #cardmaker, #cardmaking, #handmade, #handmadecards, #craft, #papercraft, #diy, #art, #color, #sharks, #ocean,

Next, I cleaned off my stencil and masked off the bottom portion. I ink blended the sky in Hero Arts Reactive Inks in yellows, corals and bright pink. Then, I used a yellow Copic marker to fill in the white space so that it looked like it was glowing.
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To finish my card off I mounted it onto a top-folding black card base and added a heat embossed sentiment from the kit. I love how striking those black sharks look against the bright ink colors.

This kit is so much fun! I hope to have time to create more with it soon because I had so many ideas for it. Interestingly enough while the world seems to be standing still I am busier than ever. I have just closed my business (so I'm cleaning out a huge commercial space) and we are also moving house. Soon things will settle down over here and I will have more time to craft. In the mean time, I cannot wait to see what you all will create with this kit!

Before i go here is some important information:

GIVEAWAY:
Hero Arts will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! To enter just leave a comment here on my blog.

SHIPPING:
Shipping is estimated to begin on April 20th. Aaron (owner of Hero Arts) and his family will be shipping the kits themselves. Please be patient as there are just three of them and thousands of kits to be sent. Thank you Aaron, Laura and son for your dedication!

RUBBER STAMP AVAILABILITY:
Did you know that Hero Arts employees hand cut the rubber stamps?! They also hand mount the rubber stamps onto wood blocks for wood stamps. The amount of care that goes into Hero Arts products is truly amazing. Due to the Shelter In Place that is currently in effect in California  there are no employees in the warehouse to cut and mount these stamps for us. For now, they will be unavailable. 

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!
Now, more than ever, it is so important to remember that we are all in this together. Hero Arts has created this beautiful pin as a reminder to us all. 100% of net profits from the sale of this pin will be donated to support COVID-19 disaster relief.

#cardbomb, #mariawillis, Hero Arts, #heroarts, #mymonthyhero, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #cards, #cardmaker, #cardmaking, #handmade, #handmadecards, #craft, #papercraft, #diy, #art, #color, #sharks, #ocean,

Ok, you guys! That's it for today. Head on over to Seeka's blog and see what beautiful things she has created to share with us today!

Hugs to you all, stay healthy, stay Happy!
Maria



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Monday, March 30, 2020

Crackle Mousse from Tonic Studios!

Hi Everybody!
I'm just popping in to let you know that I'm up on the Tonic Studios Blog today taking you through an in-depth look at the new Nuvo Crackle Mousse. To check out all the details head over to the Tonic Studios blog by clicking HERE.You can also check out this video I made:




Here's a quick look at some of the cards I made using the Crackle Mousse...
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Here's a close-up of the Crackle Mousse background...
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For this card I used the Crackle Mousse with a paint brush for the heart...
#cardbomb, #maria willis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvo, #cracklemousse, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft, #craft, #cardmaker, #cardmaking, #art, #diy, #color, #handmade, #mixedmedia,

...and with a stencil for the background.
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On this card I mixed my own custom colors of Crackle Mousse (see video to learn how).
#cardbomb, #maria willis, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvo, #cracklemousse, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft, #craft, #cardmaker, #cardmaking, #art, #diy, #color, #handmade, #mixedmedia,

That's all for today folks! I know it's a brief post but all of the in-depth info can be found over on the blog at Tonic Studios. Enjoy!

Have a fantastic day and I'll see you back here soon!
Maria




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Something pretty and just for fun: Simon Says Stamp!

Hi everybody! I'm just popping in today to share a card I made using the Simon Says Stamp Botanical Heart set. This set is so gorgeous!
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I colored the image using my Arteza brush tip markers and a paint brush. 
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Then, I added some shadowing and extra details using my Copic Markers and a sharpie.
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I watercolored the background using my Nuvo Aqua Flow pens from Tonic Studios.
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To finish the card off I added an "I Love You" die and sequins in Moonshine-both are from Simon Says Stamp.

Now, I have 't had time to play in a challenge for a really long time. I'm happy to join in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which has inspiration from their Spring Mood Board. Click HERE to check out the challenge.

Ok, I'm outta here. Have an awesome day you guys!
Maria

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Save the Crafty YouTuber & a Huge Giveaway!

Hey everybody! How are you all doing? I'm betting that most of you can use a little distraction right now? I feel like today's Save the Crafty YouTuber video hop could not have come at a better time for all of us crafters who are at home and looking for a little bit of inspiration. This is a huge group of talented YouTubers who are hopping together and each of us has a give-a-way! My video focuses on a fun and easy stained glass technique using Tonic Studio's Nuvo Shimmer Powders.

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The Give-a-way for my YouTube channel was sponsored by Tonic Studios USA and is to be won by some lucky winner in the continental United States. Head on over to my channel to see what the amazing prize is. All you need to do to enter is to leave a comment on my video by April 5th. You do not need to leave a comment on every video in the hop to be entered to win (only my channel).

Here's a quick link to my video. I hope you enjoy it!


After checking out my video and leaving a comment I hope you'll visit all of the other YouTube channels that are joining in the hop. All you need to do to continue on the hop is to click the link to the next video that I have provided in the description box of my video.

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That's all for today you guys. I hope you have a little time to kick back and enjoy all of the amazing videos!

Have an awesome day everybody!
Take care of yourselves,

Maria


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Friday, March 20, 2020

Crafty Friends: Pinkfresh and a Discount!

Hey you guys! How are you all doing out there in this crazy world? I'm in California, USA and my family is healthy, safe and on lockdown at home. I'd love to hear how you are all doing so please let me know in the comments below! Since I'm sure many of you are stir crazy I'm happy to say that today is the 20th of the month when I hop my Crafty Friends and we bring you a 20% discount to our featured company! Woohoo! There is no better time for a discount than when you are on lockdown and actually have time to spend getting crafty. I am happy to let you know that this month we are featuring Pinkfresh Studios and they are generously offering all of you a 20% discount to their shop! Details are at the bottom of my post.

For my first card I used the Heart and Soul stamp set and it is such a stunner. It's got one large floral image shaped like a half wreath and quite a few wonderful sentiments.
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I started off by watercoloring my image with Pinkfresh liquid watercolors. Then I added some Nuvo drops to give it some dimension and shine. When it was dry I fussy cut it out.
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I taped off the edges of a piece of watercolor paper with some purple tape. Then I ink blended the background using Distress Oxide ink Peacock Feathers. To finish the background I spritzed it with shimmer spray and splattered it with silver metallic paint from Hero Arts.
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Finally I added a sentiment on yellow cardstock and then some chunky rhinestones to finish it off.
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For my next projects I made two cards from one background that I cut from the Diagonal Stripes with Window die. I ink blended my background with Distress Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemon, Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral. Then, I cut it out with the die. I used the positive part of the die cut for my first card.
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These colors really pop when paired with some black cardstock so I used foam adhesive to pop the die up. Then I splattered the whole thing with Sparkle from a Tonic Studios Nuvo Shimmer Pen in Glitter Gloss. 
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The super fun sentiment is cut using Pinkfresh's Classic Word Dies Set. I love that this set provides both the thinner sentiment as well as the "halo" background piece. The final touch for this card was to add enamel dots from Hero Arts and a bunch of random sequins, pearls, rhinestones and confetti stars. I really love how this card came out (it's super sparkly).
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For my second card  with this die I used the negative pieces. I used positive piece of the die to help me line up all of the thin stripes and popped them up on foam adhesive. 
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I decided to flip the center piece over before adhering it because I liked the way the contrast looked. I added my sentiment and this time I only used the thin letters so that my colored background would pop.
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To finish the card off I some black ink splatter and a few enamel dots from Hero Arts. 
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These cards are bright and happy and totally remind me of the 80's!
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Ok, that's it for today you guys so let me tell you about this discount before I go. Pinkfresh is offering you a discount of 20% of everything in the store except for new release, sale, and marked down items (ex: bundles). All you have to do to get this discount is use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 when you check out from the Pinkfresh Studios site. Happy Shopping! 

#mariawillis, #cardbomb, #card, #cardmaking, #cardmaker, #cards, #handmade, #pinkfreshstudios, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft, #art, #diy, #color, #happybirthday, #heartandsoul, #diecut, #diecutting,

Have an awesome day you guys! Stay healthy and craft hard!
Maria


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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Hugs to You My Friend!

Hey everybody! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a great day. Today I've got a pretty watercolored card for you using a stamp set from the Gray Muse. I got this stamp set forever ago, started watercoloring it a little after that and finally came back and finished it recently. Do any of you have limited time to craft and have to keep returning to projects to get them finished? It feels like my MO these days.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #graymuse, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #card, #cardmaking, #cardmaker, #handmade, #crafty, #papercraft, #art, #color, #watercolor, #flowers, #hugs,

Anyhow, I stamped this gorgeous image onto Arches cold press watercolor paper using Hero Arts INTENS-ified black ink which works well with both watercolor and copics. I used my new (hahaha, I got them in November but haven't had a chance to use them) Karin watercolor markers and a paintbrush to watercolor this. I love the bright, vibrant ink colors.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #graymuse, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #card, #cardmaking, #cardmaker, #handmade, #crafty, #papercraft, #art, #color, #watercolor, #flowers, #hugs,

I wanted the "hugs" sentiment to really pop so I used my Sparkle Spray from Tonic Studios as watercolor to color it in. In real life it sparkles and has a little dimension since I painted it on thick. The sentiment strip is from another Gray Muse stamp set and is heat embossed in white on black cardstock. 
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #graymuse, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #card, #cardmaking, #cardmaker, #handmade, #crafty, #papercraft, #art, #color, #watercolor, #flowers, #hugs,

Ok guys, I'm supposed to be studying for a final exam in my advanced anatomy class (it's tomorrow-yikes) so I had better scoot on out of here. I hope you all have the best day and I'll catch you back here soon!

Maria

PS: I just realized that Simon Says Stamp has an Anything Goes Wednesday challenge going on! It's been forever since I've been able to play along and I'm excited to join their challenge this week! Check out their fun challenge by clicking HERE!





Monday, March 2, 2020

Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero and a Giveaway!

Hey everybody! It's the first Monday of the month and that means it is time for a new My Monthly Hero Kit release from Hero Arts! I also want to make sure you know that there is a generous giveaway from Hero Arts and the details will be at the bottom of my post.

I decided to go for a bit more of a mixed media look with this kit. I ink blended the background using My Hero Hues Reactive inks. Then I sprayed the background with my shimmer mist and spattered it with my White Glimmer Metallic Ink.
#art, #cardbomb, #cards, #color, #copicmarkers, #copics, #dog, #happybirthday, #heroarts, #ink, #mariawillis, #mymonthyhero, #paper, #papercraft, #stamp, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvo, #mixedmedia, #tree,
I wanted to add some gold gilding flakes so I stamped my tree trunk using a liquid glue. Once that dried to the right tackiness I covered it with gilding flakes and used a dry paint brush to remove the excess. I also painted some extra adhesive onto the background and adding gilding flakes to that too.
#art, #cardbomb, #cards, #color, #copicmarkers, #copics, #dog, #happybirthday, #heroarts, #ink, #mariawillis, #mymonthyhero, #paper, #papercraft, #stamp, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvo, #mixedmedia, #tree,

I wanted the tree to really sparkle and have dimension so after stamping it I added gilding flakes and then a ton of glittering leaves (dragons scales from a past MMH kit). It really catches the light in real life. Oh! I almost forgot to tell you about the sentiment. I used a sentiment from the kit but I did a little bit of stamp surgery on it. Originally it said, "live life in full bloom." I cut the "bloom" off to get the sentiment that I used. 
#art, #cardbomb, #cards, #color, #copicmarkers, #copics, #dog, #happybirthday, #heroarts, #ink, #mariawillis, #mymonthyhero, #paper, #papercraft, #stamp, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvo, #mixedmedia, #tree,


For my second card I wanted to do something a little bit different. I used the swirl stamp to create a background. The super cool thing about this stamp is that if you stamp it once then give it a 180 degree flip... the stamp will exactly together with the first stamped image. I used this method to stamp from left to right across the page. If making the stamp fit perfectly together as described weren't enough, it also fits together from top to bottom making it incredibly easy to put many rows of this image on top of each other to create a cool background. This is what I did using rainbow colors.
#art, #cardbomb, #cards, #color, #copicmarkers, #copics, #dog, #happybirthday, #heroarts, #ink, #mariawillis, #mymonthyhero, #paper, #papercraft, #stamp, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvo, #mixedmedia, #tree,

I used the Wood Frame Infinity Dies to cut a black frame and popped it up on the background. I cut the tree trunk from silver foil. The tree leaves are cut from vellum, heat embossed in Black Sparkle embossing powder and colored from behind with pink copic markers. The final touch was to add sequins followed by Nuvo Dream Drops.
#art, #cardbomb, #cards, #color, #copicmarkers, #copics, #dog, #happybirthday, #heroarts, #ink, #mariawillis, #mymonthyhero, #paper, #papercraft, #stamp, #tonicstudios, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvo, #mixedmedia, #tree,


Ok, guys, that is it from me for today. Thanks so much for stopping by! Before you go please remember that Hero Arts is generously gifting a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner. To enter yourself just leave me a comment below (by March 8 at 11:59 pm and you will be automatically entered. The winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week. 

The last thing that I want to make sure you know is that due to production delays, kits will begin shipping on March 16th this month.

Have an amazing day you guys! Bye for now.
Maria




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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

You be You, Dragon Girl!

Hey everybody! I hope you all are having the most amazing day today! I am stopping by today with a little redemption post. On the 20th of every month I'm in a blog hop with my Crafty Friends. It's an awesome hop because we feature just one company and we all share products and projects that we love. Well, back in January we featured Picket Fence Studios... but when the hop went live I was at Creativation working non-stop (so fun!) and I only had time to color this gorgeous image but I wasn't able to put a card together. I felt a little bit like I failed my Crafty Friends so today I'm calling a redo for myself. I finished coloring this beautiful image from Picket Fence Studio's Dany Girl stamp set and turned it into a card...
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, Picket Fence Studios, no-line coloring, #heroarts, #rangerink, #danygirl, #cards, #handmade, #cardmaker, #art, #color, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #distressoxides, #copics, #copicmarkers, #dragon

This stamp set is truly gorgeous and the sentiment speaks to me because it's something I truly believe in. I stamped Dany Girl in no-line ink from Ink on 3 and did a little no-line coloring with my copic markers. After coloring I decided to add a little extra depth with a black sharpie and some highlights with a white gel pen.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, Picket Fence Studios, #heroarts, no-line coloring, #rangerink, #danygirl, #cards, #handmade, #cardmaker, #art, #color, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #distressoxides, #copics, #copicmarkers, #dragon

I ink blended the background in Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide ink using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes. Then, I splattered the background with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink and stamped my sentiment using Hero Arts INTENS-ified Black Ink. I cut Dany Girl out by hand (because I added extra flowers in her hair) but there is a coordinating die which makes cutting her out super easy. I adhered Dany to my card front using foam adhesive to make her pop out from the card.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, Picket Fence Studios, no-line coloring,  #heroarts, #rangerink, #danygirl, #cards, #handmade, #cardmaker, #art, #color, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #distressoxides, #copics, #copicmarkers, #dragon

I added some sequins in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to finish my card off... and I've gotta say that I am so glad I came back and finished this. I truly love this stamp set!

Ok, that's it for today's redemption post. Thank you so much for stopping by. If you're interested in checking out any of the products I've used today I'm adding a list below to make it easier.

Have an awesome day and I'll see you back here soon!
Maria


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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Crafty Friends: Gina K. Designs and a Discount!

Hey everybody! It's the 20th of the month and that means it's time for the Crafty Friends Blog Hop where we offer you a 20% discount to shop at our featured company. This month we are featuring products from Gina K. Designs and Gina was generous enough to give us a discount code for you to use when you shop using this link and code:

SHOP GINA K DESIGNS- Code: CRAFTYFRIENDS20

For my card I decided to use the Majestic Peony set. This set has the most gorgeous flowers and coloring them was a ton of fun. I used my Copic markers in a variety of yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Then I colored the background in shades of blue and added drop shadows with my Cool Grays.
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After my flowers were colored I wanted to add even more depth and dimension. I grabbed a fine tipped Sharpie and added depth, some scribbles and some random dots. I also added some highlights with a white gel pen too.
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I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock and adhered it with foam tape. Then I added some Moonshine sequins from Simon Says Stamps and called it a day.
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This Majestic Peony set is one of my favorites but there are so many more beautiful stamps over at Gina K Designs. There are also all kinds of amazing products for inking, foiling and glittering your cards. If you are looking for beautiful products to add to your collection I hope you'll head over there and take a look. Remember that if you use my link (CLICK HERE) and use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 you will receive 20% off of your entire purchase from now through February 22, 2020.  


Ok, that is it for me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you'll continue hopping along with us today. I know my Crafty Friends have more amazing Gina K. inspirations lined up for you and next up on the hop is the fabulous Becky Roberts.

Have an awesome day you guys!
Maria




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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tonic Studios Spring Dreams Stamp Collection Online Party!

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Hi everybody! It's release day over at Tonic Studios and we are throwing an on-line party to celebrate! Before I get too far into this post I want you to know this party comes complete with a little gift for you... 15% off all stamps from Tonic Studios! If you'd like to take advantage of the discount here are some links for you:



Now let's get to the good part, the stamps! This Spring Dreams stamp release has five different stamp sets and while they are all fantastic... I couldn't tear myself away from the Unicorn Wishes set. I ended up making two cards and a tag and believe me I could easily have kept going (but I decided I needed four hours of sleep). 
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For my first card I ink blended the background and then splattered it with my Glitter Gloss pen. It gave the background a fun, sparkly look. After coloring my images I created a bouquet of balloons with silver strings so that I could suspend the unicorn in the air. Once I saw the sentiment, "You Don't Need Wings to Fly," I knew I had to have my unicorn flying around via balloons. 
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The balloons are all coated in a thick coat of Nuvo Crystal Glaze so they all look shiny and thick. I heat embossed my sentiment in white onto black cardstock and cut it out so that it would pop off of the card. The last bit of fun that I had with this card was to add sequins in Silver Rain and Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9.
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My next card is even shinier as I decided to use Nuvo Sparkle sprays and Holowave holographic cardstock. I ink blended my unicorns and then used a white gel pen to add some sparkles to their booties. I added Glitter Gloss to my clouds, colored my rainbow, heat embossed my sentiment and set it all aside.
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I used the Nuvo Sparkle Sprays in Marine Mist and Lavender Lining to lightly spritz the black cardstock background. I layered that with a wide frame cut from Holowave cardstock before adhering all of my stamped images on with foam tape. 
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To finish this card off I added a little more sparkle with Silver Rain sequins.
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Since I had my Nuvo Sparkle Sprays out I had to have a go with them on Tonic's Black Glossy Mirror Cardstock... Because the sparkle sprays on glossy cardstock are insanely gorgeous! I cut this perfect little tag using the Wondrous Woods Silhouette Tag & Wallet Die set. This is also the tag die that I like to use when I'm making swatches.
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After spritzing the background with sparkle spray I used my heat tool to help it dry more quickly. Sparkle Spray dries pretty quickly on regular cardstock but with the glossy cardstock it tends to sit on top of the paper and takes a little while too dry. So, I sped that process up a bit so I could start putting my tag together. 
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I stamped my image onto Holowave cardstock and adhered it using foam adhesive. I followed that up by adding the unicorn and a shooting star. This tag is so sparkly I decided not to add any embellishments.
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Well, that is it for my projects today but you can head over to some of these other party people for some inspiration (list below). If you're interested in checking out any of the products that I've used today I've put a list together for you below. 

You can see the whole stamp release by clicking HERE FOR THE UK SHOP, or, HERE FOR THE USA SHOP.

Have an awesome day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Maria Willis


PARTY PEOPLE!

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