Thursday 30 August 2018

AAA Card Challenge #122

So last week on Instagram I saw a video by Catherine Pooler's daughter Eva. She used Faber Castell 'Glass Bead Glitter Gel' on a stencil and flicked ink over it. The shimmery effect was so cool I decided to try and find the gel but I couldn't find any in New Zealand. However, I did come across Nuvo Glimmer Paste in 'Moonstone' (which I've seen other people use in videos) so I purchased it and it arrived in time for a rainy day yesterday.

I had a play around with it and posted a picture on Instagram of my result with a stencil. I've never been very confident with stencils, especially using pastes with them etc but this was so easy to do, I'm definitely hooked!! And it gave me a chance to make a card for the AAA Card Challenge:

Whats better than a rainbow? A rainbow with shimmer to can just imagine how cool it looks in real life too!!

Basically I cut a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS and adhered the MFT Stamps 'Captivating Mandala' to it, with only 3/4's of it on the panel. Then using my mini-blending tool and a 'rainbow' of Distress Inks, I blended away till I was happy with the colours. I then used a plastic palette knife and the Nuvo Glimmer Paste and spread it over the stencil. It was really easy to get it in all the 'nooks and crannies' which I thought was fabulous. I then very slowly removed the stencil and 'ta da'!!!!

I left it for a while to dry (it actually didn't take very long) and trimmed the panel down slightly. I wanted it to have some contrast from the white card base, so I adhered a strip of black CS on the right-hand side and then put the coloured panel on a piece of black foam. The sentiment from MFT Stamps 'Raving Racoons' was heat embossed in white on a strip of black CS and put on some black foam as well. I finished off with some clear drops from Studio Katia.

I'm also going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'.


I had another go with the Glimmer Paste on a stencil I made with CS and a die-cut. It was HORRIBLE as the die-cut went all mushy with the paste all over it. I might try doing it again making a die-cut stencil with acetate and see how that goes. Might have to buy some of the other Glimmer Paste colours now too.....will the buying ever stop????.....

Take care



  1. Well there’s nothing plain about your stencilled patter, it’s really colourful and so shimmery! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  2. Wow, Shona this is amazing - where did you get the Glimmer Pastes from?

  3. Vavavoom....that's absolutely, drop-dead gorgeous. All those glistening colors are fabulous. Hope your acetate idea works out...that is one technique I'd like to see.

  4. Gorgeous CAS card Shona! The colours and sparkle looks fabulous.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  5. Hi Shona! This is simply fabulous and a perfect example of how to use a stencil to create an amazing card. Thank you for playing along with us at AAACards. Happy crafting. Hugs - bharati

  6. Such a wonderful card Shona! Love the colours!!! Thank you for joining AAA Cards! Hugs Åsa