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Adding subtle shimmer to cards with sparkle pen

Today I have a cool little quick tip for you guys. Remember the times in school, when we had to color flowers? I used to love going back to a watercolored image and add lines with markers. That’s what I did with each of the cards today. Only, instead of colored markers or pencils, I used a stardust sparkle pen by Sakura. Although hard to catch on camera, in real life this makes a great impact.

For all these cards today, I used Altenew floral stamps. I find these images so versatile and can work for several different types of cards.

Card 1

Adding subtle shimmer to cards with sparkle pen

For the first one, I used masking technique and heat embossed the images with opaque white embossing powder on Strathmore watercolor paper. Then I watercolored on top with zig real brush watercolor markers. I used wet-on-wet technique to break the colors and lighter shades. Once all the colors dried, I went over each petal and added sparkling lines with my sparkle pen. Just a simple sentiment and a few iridescent sequins completed the card.

Card 2

Adding subtle shimmer to cards with sparkle pen

For this second card I did everything just like the first one, except instead of watercoloring I added color using my kids coloring pencils. With this one, my sparkle lines got a little more blended out, but the overall effect is still very pretty.

Card 3

For this last card, I did not do any masking or heat embossing. I used archival black ink by Ranger which is a waterproof ink, so it does not smudge. I used zig real brush markers for coloring before I added sparkle lines. Love how the gold sparkle adds so much more to this card. For finishing touches I added some sequins from SSS. These came with one of the card kits.

There you have it. Three sparkly cards using similar supplies and techniques. Hope you liked them.

Supplies List

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Hugs, ~Varada

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