Today's saga (and it's a real saga) began when I spied a sneak peek of the card that Jennifer McGuire showed us in her post entitled No-Mess Glitter Die Cuts. After I ran out and purchased half of the latest MFT release, I was grateful I had the supplies to try the cards myself. Let me just say I did break up with glitter the other night, as it wasn't a no-mess experience in my world.
But I tried. I really did. Let us begin by looking at one of my cards:
So, glitter applied, I went to punch out the centers and found they were stuck in pretty well. Instead of putting them back into the dies to cut them again as Jennifer did, I took some centers I'd cut out previously from black card stock and stuck them to the adhesive. Then, when I got to the Glossy Accent step, I covered the whole thing, not just the rims.
Here's another one:
Same colors of glitter, same sob story.
I also made a few with different glitter colors, just to further complicate my life:
This started with pink in the center, followed by an orange-red, and finally a brown at the edges. And yes, it's (gah) pink, but that's one less pink card in my craft room.
Oh, here's a close-up of the sunglasses:
|(sorry about the glare)|
Then, because I'm such a glutton for punishment, I went back in for more. I decided glitter wasn't for me, and I came up with another way to achieve the same look with less mess. I colored a piece of card stock with three colors of Distress inks:
|(see, it doesn't even need to be neat and all blendy!)|
then die-cut the glasses from that. I got color with no mess, and all I had to do was go over the die-cuts with my Wink of Stella clear pen to get the shimmer. So smart. *pats self on back*
Then my world fell apart. After I cut eleventy bazillion of the glasses and fussy-cut out the acetate layers as instructed, and layered on the pretty top layer, and assembled my cards, I started to apply Glossy Accents to the glasses. FAIL. FAIL. FAIL. It went all over the acetate and I could not control it. What a mess. I even tried to apply it with a tooth pick, but it was only marginally better.
I pulled off the glasses from the card fronts and went to re-watch the video. Then I got a clue and, starting over, I again cut the glasses from a piece of distress-colored card stock, but this time I got smart(er). I opted to do the clear embossing instead of the Glossy Accents. Here's one:
Maybe it's not as dramatic as the Glossy Accents, but it was waaaay less messy.
Here's another one with a different sentiment from the MFT stamp set:
Now that I look at these, that center panel would look better off-center. Sigh. Next time.
In other news, I fell in love with this stamp set because it's encouraging to see that geekdom is being embraced. Back when I was a pup, it wasn't unusual for kids -- even girls, heck ESPECIALLY for girls -- to be smart and geeky. Or maybe there were just so many of us it was cool. I remember at my 10-year High School reunion when one of the guys at my table said to me, "You were one of the smart girls. You don't know me because I was one of the guys out back in the parking lot." Uh-huh.
So, final ruling: You need these dies and accompanying stamps. And if you can master glitter, more power to you. Though I've been told there will be a Glitter Intervention in my world, I am quite happy to live without it. After all, I have my washi tape collection to keep me occupied instead, right?
Thanks for stopping by!
Things I used: black card stock, Amy's Magic Gunmetal glitter (at least 5-7 years old), vat of clear embossing powder I got from Viva Las Vegas Stamps, and the following: