Sparkle & Shine Technique Blog HopWelcome to our “Sparkle & Shine” blog hop!  There are many ways to add some sparkle and shine to your crafty projects, and we’ve gathered 16 talented Close To My Heart Consultants to provide you with some inspiration.  If you are joining me from Judy Faye Garner’s blog, you are on the right track.  Remember, a blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.

Adding Sparkle & Shine to turn a plain card into a “WOW” card!


What’s Missing?

Sparkle & Shine Blog HopThe August Stamp of the Month (S1908 From Me to You) pairs perfectly with the cute critters from Wild & Punny (D1865).  I made this cute card featuring the Craft On paper.  It’s fine, but it just didn’t feel complete. 

Adding Some Bling!

Sparkle & Shine Blog HopThis is where I started adding some Sparkle & Shine in the form of the Crafty Loose Sequins!  Again, it’s a cute card, but I wasn’t quite satisfied.  I decided to start over and add even more bling.

Shh…Sneak Peek!

Sparkle & Shine Blog HopThis time around, I colored my cute critter with the new alcohol markers we will be launching next month!  I love how they blend and can’t wait to share more with you on September 1.  Until then…mums the word.  To add a little more bling to this little guy, I covered the stripes with Liquid Glass using the Fine Tip Applicator (Z4089).  When it dries, it creates a shiny embossed area.

Putting It All Together

Sparkle & Shine Blog HopFor this card, I used Lilac cardstock and ink.  Since it is a fairly pale purple, I wanted to make it pop by adding a little more Sparkle & Shine in the form of Black Glitter Paper (Z3236)!

Sparkle & Shine Blog HopNotice how the added layers make the card feel more finished.  I also added some Sparkle & Shine to the sequins by putting Clear and Bitty Sparkles into the centers.

Sparkle & Shine Blog HopI’m now happy with this card thanks to some Sparkle & Shine and am ready to move on to my next project!  I hope you enjoyed the walk through my process.  Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on ways to improve the card in the comments below.  I love hearing from you!

Sparkle & Shine Blog HopNow it’s time to head on over to Wendy Kessler’s blog!

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