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Adding Shine – Navy, copper and Blush (Bumbleberry Papercrafts)

Hello, I have a lovely colour combination for you today to use in your card and papercraft projects. I have created a lovely soft and sophisticated ‘With love’ card using Altenew stamp and dies, but you could use this colour scheme for a range of occasions. The bold navy contrasts lovely with the white peeping through the embossed stamping and the metallic copper and blush tones add a softness to the card.  I created this card after taking the Altenew ‘Let It Shine’ class on the Altenew Academy site for my ACEP. This was a great class showing a variety of ways for adding shine to your cards and papercraft projects. I used three techniques in this card today. Of course, my favourite way to add shine is with metallic embossing powder – I love the look and it adds just a lovely touch to your cards elevating your work. 


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adding shine to your cards

Before we add any shine to the card, you need to create the bold background for the elements to sit on. This is very easy to do. Use a piece of scrap paper to mask over the lower third of your card panel and using a blending tool, applyChipped Saphire Distress oxide, cover the top two-thirds of the card panel in ink. Make sure you get good bold solid coverage of ink.

Allow the panel to dry before moving onto the next step – embossing. If your card panel is not dry prior to embossing, embossing powder will also stick to the distress oxide ink. 

Place your card panel into your MISTI and position the Altenew Magnolia heart overlapping the white and navy border. Stamp this in clear embossing ink, moving you panel along to stamp another heart repeatedly in a row.

Next, cover with metallic embossing powder and heat set this. Once cooled, position the card panel back into your MISTI upside down. This will allow you room to position the heart upside down in between the row of hearts you have just stamped with it hanging off your card panel. Repeat stamping these hearts and cover with embossing powder before heat setting. 

Adding more shine to your cards

To complement the metallic copper embossing shine, add some rose gold burnished mirror cardstock by die cutting three hearts out using the Altenew Love Letters die set. This speciality mirror cardstock is another method of adding shine to cards but has an almost frosted look to it – slightly muted compared to regular mirror cardstock. 
Before adhering the hearts onto the card, heat emboss the sentiment from the Magnolia heat stamp set onto vellum with Opaque Bright white embossing powder. Trim the sentiment down to have a flag end and adhered to the panel with a thin strip of matching mirror card to help ground the sentiment. 
To assemble the card, foam mounts the hearts onto the panel and add a selection of sequins to the card using Gina K connect glue to secure them in place. Sequins are another small but subtle way of adding shine to cards. The sequins go well as though they have a lot of shine, their small quantity does not overpower the card.
Lastly, to complement the muted colours of the card, foam mount the card panel onto a card base made out of Gina K Soft Stone cardstock. 

adding shine to your cards


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Adding Shine to your cards


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Gina K Designs - Connect Glue
Gina K Designs – Connect Glue
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock
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“Life Changing” Blender Brushes 2 pack
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WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version)
WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version)
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing pad
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing pad
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Metallic Copper - WOW! Embossing Powder
Metallic Copper – WOW! Embossing Powder
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Love Letters die - Altenew
Love Letters die – Altenew
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Magnolia Heart - Altenew
Magnolia Heart – Altenew
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Soft Stone Heavy Weight Cardstock - Gina K Designs
Soft Stone Heavy Weight Cardstock – Gina K Designs
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Original MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Original MISTI – My Sweet Petunia
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Chipped Saphire Distress Oxide - Ranger Ink
Chipped Saphire Distress Oxide – Ranger Ink
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Burnished Rose Mirror Card - Tonic Studios
Burnished Rose Mirror Card – Tonic Studios
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Let It Shine Altenew Academy - Altenew
Let It Shine Altenew Academy – Altenew
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Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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4 thoughts on “Adding Shine – Navy, copper and Blush (Bumbleberry Papercrafts)”

  • Love the fresh and beautiful design, Verity!! The embossing is gorgeous and adds such a shine to the overall design! I also love how you layered the elements! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Well done!

  • Verity, this is such a gorgeous card! It’s so stylish and looks absolutely brilliant. The layout is so eye catching. Absolutely love it!
    Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. I love your write-up and descriptions! Please keep up with your excellent work!

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