Monday, April 1, 2013

The Northwest Paperchase and Easter Cards

For the first two weeks in March the Northwest Paperchase happens and scrapbook stores in Washington and Oregon offer 20% discounts, fun make and takes and loads of fun times.  This year I made it to 17 of the 23 scrapbook stores that were participating. I love going to so many different stores and learning new things along the way.  The sheer amount of creativity out there is amazing and I am constantly inspired to try new techniques. 
At the Scrappy Stamper in Centralia, Washington I saw some beautiful cards samples and learned a delightful new technique that incorporates Scor-Tape sheets, microfine glitter, Elizabeth Craft Design stickers and Copic markers. I have to be honest, I love the look of glitter, but I hate getting it everywhere and finding it on my face or my clothing later on.  I was a little nervous at first because these cards not only have glitter, but uses microglitter.  The little bit of mess was worth it though.  First you adhere the Scor-Tape squares to plain cardstock.  Then once you have cut the cardstock down to the right size you remove the adhesive backing and cover the surface with microglitter.I used a tray to keep the glitter contained.  Once covered in glitter, shake the excess off and use a bone folder to really rub the glitter into the surface of the adhesive.  Then apply the sticker and use Copic markers to color right on top of the glitter within the sticker outline.  I love the way the Copic markers blend and are so vibrant on top of the glitter.  I used the brush end of my Copic sketch markers and the glitter did not come off onto the marker. I finished the cards by mounting the glittered squares onto gold cardstock and adhering the eggs to the front of cream A2 sized cards.  I embellished using some gold and cream washi tape and gold hemp twine.  A Happy Easter stamp from Impress Rubber Stamps finishes the cards.

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