The next session I completed in my Altenew Educator Certification Program journey was Let It Shine. This learning opportunity is available for $39.99 under the “Classes” heading on the Altenew website. Focusing on how to add elements to make creations shine, the course shows how to add sparkle, glitter and bling to projects. The lessons included in this class block are Glitter, Embossing Powder, Embellishments, Shimmer & Sparkle Pens, Metallic Papers, and Foils. These techniques add a level of polish and shine to cards that’s hard to beat!
Metallic Paper for Shine
To start this project, I chose two of Altenew’s die sets, Leafy Wreath and Simple Greetings. To keep it simple, I die cut the wreath in white and layered it on white cardstock. Next, I place matte gold behind the panel. I cut the word “Hello” from the same matte gold paper, and cut the shadow layer from white cardstock. After adhering all the paper elements to the card, I added a few flat gold sequins, scattering them in groups of three.
What I Learned
The choice of white on white with simple gold accents packs a large punch. This card was easy and fast to create. It would work well for many occasions, including the hard to create sympathy card. Using metallic gold paper gave the card just enough shine, and lent it an elegant feel.
An alternative application would have been to use embossing powder for the Hello greeting and the edges of the main white panel. I think it’s easier and quicker to use the metallic paper, though! Another thing I considered doing was switching out the gold sequins for clear drops, which would have been a more understated shine.