Less is More #330 Shimmer

Happy Saturday everyone!  Challenge #330 at Less is More starts today and it’s all about Shimmer.  Our sponsor this month is Uniko.










The floral image was stamped on the bottom of a white A2 panel with London Fog Memento ink.  Once again, I decided to keep them non-coloured, but still wanted dimension, so I did a bit of shading with C1and C3 Gray Copic markers.  Smile was die cut from Pink Pirouette cardstock, sponged with Melon Mambo ink for an Ombré effect then stacked on black fun foam for dimension.  The other part of the sentiment was stamped in black on a white strip.  The top and bottom edges were traced with a black marker to make it stand out.  Finally, clear sparkle was added to the smile diecut.  This is my favourite and easiest way to add shimmer to any project.  The panel was adhered to a top white folding card base and Sparkly gumdrops finished the card.


I am playing in the following challenges:
STAMPlorationsMay 2017 Cutplorations
CAS Colours & SketchesSketch #224
STAMPlorations – May 2017 Anything CAS Goes optional color twist Feminine Colors
STAMPlorations – Anything STAMPlorations Goes (smile stamp & die)
Tuesday Throwdown#344 Anything Goes






The emboss resist technique was used to create this card.  The fireworks were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on a white A2 panel.  I don’t own any colour pigment inks, so the coloured ones were first inked and stamped with dye inks, then stamped overtoo with VersaMark to be heat embossed.  The MISTI was essential to this step.  Black Soot distress ink was then blended with a mini blending tool over the entire piece, leaving it lighter at the bottom.  Excess ink was then wiped with a tissue.  For shimmer, it was sprayed with a DIY shimmer spray created with water and Perfect Pearls.  Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show how sparkly it is IRL. Once the panel was completely dry, the sentiment was white heat embossed.  The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and a city border die cut from black cardstock was added to the bottom to finish,


I am playing in the following challenges:
CASology – Week 250 Loud (fireworks, cities, parties)
Inkspirational – #135 Urban
Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes Birthday optional topping Something Sweet
Modsquad – Birthday Bash



For more ideas to play along, check out my team’s personal blogs, which can be accessed from the LIM blog post HERE.  Please remember to keep it CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a great day!







30 thoughts on “Less is More #330 Shimmer

  1. Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown this week with your lovely creation – we do hope you will come back again – best wishes on the win! ~ Gail DT TTD~

  2. These are beautiful, I love the pop of color on ur first card. Thank you for sharing with CUTplorations

  3. Two beautiful and entirely different shimmery designs. I love how you kept your stamped image on your 1st card uncolored and highlighted your smile with all the pretty shimmer. Your 2nd card is so Urban and stunning with your Gorgeous shimmery fireworks and city skyline. TFS both beauties, Trina. Hugs…

  4. Trina, your fireworks are AWESOME! I love the bright colors against the dark cardstock. Thanks for sharing at CASology this week.

  5. Two fantastic shimmery cards, Trina. Love the soft tones of your stamped flowers against the bright colour of the “smile” sentiment. And your fireworks card is awesome! Love the bright colours of the bursts. Great design with sponging the night sky. Love the “glow” of the lights behind the cityscape. xx

  6. wow Trinia these are just stunning-I love your skyline card-my fav kind of cards-all that colour and sparkle-I am so pleased you joined us at Ink with this one x

  7. Fantastic use of shimmer on both of these Trina, your sparkling bold sentiment really pops to the max against the outline blooms and what a classy design too. The second one has just stolen my heart! I can’t believe your have inky blended the whole of that front panel … you must have muscles like popeye! A fantastic, dramatic and colourful effect with the perfect shimmer too. Swooning to the max. Have a great week! x

  8. Love both of your cards. In particular the simplicity of your first with just the one word with a fabulous ombre effect and the rest of the images/sentiment in grey. Thanks for joining us on this weeks CC&S challenge.

  9. Great challenge cards, Trina. I especially like the way you created the shimmery fireworks. Thanks for sharing this technique.

  10. love the black fireworks card looks so awesome. I just love the glow behind the city scene.
    Your flower card is so pretty. great pop of sparkly colour against the monochromatic flowers

  11. I saw your fireworks card in the CASology gallery and had to take a closer look, Trina. I love what you did to make the colorful fireworks and the black inking lighter at the bottom to look like the city is lit up is fantanstic.

  12. These are stunning, Trina! The first one is so incredibly stylish with the pop of colour in the sentiment set against the monochrome florals – a fab effect and full of impact. Love it! Wow to your second card too with the shimmery background and bright fireworks! Awesome look! These are a gorgeous duo. You’ve rocked the shimmer challenge <3 Have a fab weekend x

  13. Two amazing cards, you are a queen in showing different styles of cards in one post! I love the flower stamp and all the details in your first card and the fun fireworks in your second card look just amazing -I love the colors and the black shimmery base is surely amazing IRL. Love the skyline too. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational!

  14. Both cards are wonderful! I love the ombre sentiment and flower shading on the first card. Thank you for playing along with us at CC&S!

  15. You have really done justice to this week’s shimmer challenge, Trina! I love the way that your shimmery sentiment pops against the monochrome florals on your first card and the firework card is stunning. The colours are really vibrant and the all over shimmer looks gorgeous against the inky dark sky. I hope you have a great week xx

  16. Two fabulous cards Trina ! Love your non-coloured flowers and how you added dimension to them with a grey marker ! I have to try this ! The halftone red sentiment on it is great with this beautiful shimmer on it ! And your second card is just stunning ! Love your bright and vibrant fireworks among this darkness ! So eye catching ! The perfect (and a winner for me !) card for the Inkspirational challenge ! Enjoy your weekend ! xx

  17. A beautiful contemporary look on your first card Trina and the hints of grey really make the flowers come alive. Gorgeous pop of shimmery red on that one. But, I’m with Anita – your second card is sizzling! Those bright bursts of firework colours against the super pearly card base look incredible. Love it!

  18. Two great examples of shimmer, Trina. I love on your first card how the images are left grey and the sentiment is coloured and shimmery, such a great design. But wow, your second card is terrific. Love the pops of colour with the ombre black and shimmer. A fabulous card for new year. Hugs xx

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