Monday, December 10, 2018

Special Friend

Hi everyone.  I made today's card for a very dear friend.  We met at work through a mutual friend and have been friends for over 30 years now.  It was her birthday a couple of months ago and I made a special card to mark a milestone birthday.

Frances loves irises.  I knew what image I was going to use.  I wanted to do something special, so this is my first try at this technique - glitter painting (which my friend Susan taught us at the craft retreat in May).  I've been waiting to give Fran this card. :)

The irises are stamped in permanent black into onto a piece of thick acetate.  I let the ink dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.  On the back of the acetate, I covered the center of the irises with glue and sprinkled with a light purple.  Once dry, I added glue to the rest of the flower petals and used a deep purple glitter to fill it in.  Last, I repeated the same of adding a layer of glue and then coating it with green for the leaves.  I let it dry overnight to make sure it was completely dry.  I'm so happy with how it turned out.  You may be able to see a little of the sparkle from the glitter, but it is very sparkly in real life.  I added a simple white frame and stamped sentiment.

Here's a close-up ...
Photographing acetate is difficult.  This is much brighter and totally sparkly in real life.






Stamps:  Summer Glow, Happy Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Versafine Black ink (for stamping on acetate); Memento Black ink (for stamping sentiment)
Accessories & Tools:  Acetate, Glitter (light purple, dark purple, green), glue (Tombow Mono), Rectangle Nestability die (Spellbinders)


29 comments:

Viv's Visuals said...

A stunning card Loll and a technique which I will save to try.

Daffodil Cards said...

I'm sure Frances will love this so VERY Beautiful card.
Faith
x

Brenda in IN said...

Now I hate that I gave up glitter! I have sworn off of it. This is so beautiful and Frances will be thrilled with it. It is definitely a keepsake for her and a reminder of your special friendship.

nancy littrell said...

I can see the beautiful glitter in the middle of the iris real well. Not so much on the rest of the image, but because I did the technique too in May, I Know it really is glittery IRL. Gorgeous colors and a Birthday card filled with love for your forever girlfriend. TFS Loll. Hugs..Nancy

Jeanne H said...

Yes! A stunningly beautiful card, Loll. Wow, I sure do admire your crafting ability. Thanks for the inspiration.

Mrs A. said...

Utterley beautiful. The only glitter I am happy using is a glitter sheet but seeing this card I could be persuaded to give it a try! Hugs Mrs A.

Mac Mable said...

Wow...I have never seen anything like this. Amazing card, gorgeous bling and one special card for your very special friend....She's going to love it x.
Also wanted to say a huge thank you for my wonderful Christmas card that arrived safely today. The background on it is wonderful and it is so pretty. Thank you for being so kind x I posted yours on the 4th December, but didn't know about the effects of the strike....so It will probably be early now for next year!! x

Maria said...

Oh, how gorgeous! Those irises reminds me of the ones my Mom grew when I was a young girl! Frances will love this very special birthday card!

Susan said...

So glad you used my technique for your special friend! Love the rich purple glitter of the iris! I can imagine the sparkle in real life!

Bonnie said...

A special card for a special friend! It's amazing to get the colored glitter to color this flower so precisely! I love how you've framed it like the work of art that it is!

Nancy Stislow said...

WOW! This is truly a special card for a long time friend! It looks incredible, Loll! How perfectly you "glitter painted" this image! Love the effect. This is gorgeous!

Christine Alexander said...

That was such a fun technique, and the result is spectacular. I'm sure your friend loved her card :)

HJ said...

I love this gorgeous, sparkly card, Loll. The irises look as though you picked them from your garden. Enjoy your week!

Marcia HIll said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS Loll!! I've never heard of using glitter like this but sure am going to try it!! The results are just STUNNING and I'm sure your friend is going to absolutely LOVE it! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

Jeanne said...

This looks gorgeous, Loll! This card is definitely made from the heart and is so wonderful. I can well imagine just how sparkly it is. I'm sure your friend will love it!

JosieD said...

Oh Loll, this is such a classy and interesting looking card! Love the painted glitter look and the colors you worked with.

Sandy Torok said...

You said “permanent” black ink. The supplies list states Memento and Versafine. Please, which one will stamp on acetate? Thank you

Angela Timmann said...

It's just beautiful, Loll! I'm sure she will just love it!!

Maxine D said...

Oh what a beauty Loll - your patience paid off! Thank you for sharing how you made this
Blessings
Maxine

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wow, this is such a gorgeous piece of art, Loll! The sparkle of the glitter is so pretty and the colors of the Irises are stunning! The white thick framing enhances the beauty of the flowers. I love this card so much and I'm sure Frances will too.
Hideko xx

Ina G said...

What an amazingly beautiful detailed card you have here Loll. Stunning! Thanks for sharing how this came about. Truly brilliant technique.

Robyn Oliver said...

oooooow wow Loll, this card is just something so special, Frances will just love it - so pretty, glittery and love the technique.... now it's on my to try list. I bet you felt wonderful when it was finished

Trina P. said...

Gooorrrrrgeous card, Loll! Fantastic results with this technique... I think i knew it as the glitter stained glass technique. I’m sure your friend LOVED it! xx

Susanne Vargas said...

WOW! This is one spectacular card! I can imagine how glittery it must be in real life! I bet your friend will cherish it forever!

Linda said...

This looks stunning, it reminds me of a stained glass window. I'm sure your friend loves it xx

Anita in France said...

Bold, beautiful and so wonderfully sparkly, Loll ... the light shining through the glitter must be so eye catching and gorgeous IRL! I'm certain your friend will have loved it! Hugs, Anita :)

Karen D. said...

wow...how gorgeous....sure she will love it!!
xx Karen

BożenA said...

This is just big WOW !! I have never heard of this technique, but it looks impressive! I'm sure Frances will be delighted. I can imagine how much light this card has.
Hugs,
BożenA

Jo Manna said...

Extraordinary, she must have been thrilled. What a special approach ...and patience! I wish I could see it in really life, it must be breathtaking. You are special too Loll xx