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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

Adding subtle shimmer to cards with sparkle pen

Adding subtle shimmer using sparkle pens

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!

Altenew MAJESTIC BLOOMS Clear Stamp Set

Altenew BEAUTIFUL DAY Clear Stamp Set

Altenew PEONY BOUQUET Clear Stamp Set


Altenew SENTIMENTS & QUOTES Clear Stamp Set AN118

Martha Stewart Crafts Embossing Starter Kit

Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468

Sakura Stardust CLEAR GLITTER PENS Sparkle Accent 37906

Zig CLEAN COLOR 12 set Real Brush

Zig CLEAN COLOR 6 SET Real Brush

Simon Says Stamp Sequins CRYSTAL REFLECTIONS CRQ14 Cold Hands Warm Heart

Simon Says Stamp Sequins SUNSHINE MIX SSSYLW01

Doodlebug LILY WHITE GLITTER Sprinkles Enamel Dots 4542

Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape

[Amazon] Scor-Tape

Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042

Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In Stitches

Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Powder Blue & Teal 657900

We R Memory Keepers TRIM AND SCORE Board 71337-1

Hugs, ~Varada

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