Retro Slimline Sparkle

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I have a fun slimline card today that was inspired by a recent Jennifer McGuire video. I have to say that when I started this card, I didn’t realize how much patience it would take, LOL

To start, I used 3 pieces of 85 lb. cardstock and covered half of one side with double sided tape. I used a 5 inch wide role of Score-tape but you can also use double sided adhesive sheets as well.

Once my cardstock covered with double sided adhesive, I used the Retro Slimline Background Die and ran each piece of cardstock through my electronic die cutting machine. Note I did have to run it through the machine several times to get it to cut through the cardstock covered with the score tape due to the thickness. I’m sure that you could use a lighter weight of cardstock if you’re building up layers and it would be easier to cut.

Once cut, I popped out all of pieces and set some aside to be used for another project. Next, I removed the double sided adhesive cover sheet and stuck it to the back of another die cut Retro Slimline Background. I did this until I had the 3 die cut layers of cardstock all adhered together.  For the top layer of my background I die cut a piece of the Autumn Plaid paper. I placed this as the top layer of the background.

I layered another piece of 110lb cardstock with some more Score-tape and cut the largest Wavy Slimline Background die.

Once it was cut, I added my layers of Retro Slimline cover dies on top of the background.

Next, it was time to sparkle and shine. I had some ultra-fine glitter in my stash and I loved how the 3 color combination looked together. They are Teal, Moonbeam (gold) and Copper Bronze (dark brown)

I wanted each of the empty spaces to be a different color of glitter. I used a pokey tool in my stash that had a flat, spatula like end to scoop the glitter out of my jar and carefully drop it into each negative space with the sticky background. I used the rounded end of a small paintbrush to press down and burnish the glitter into the tacky cardstock. I used my finger in the larger spaces to burnish the area.

Because there are so many openings and I didn’t want to mix different glitter colors in the same spaces (though it was unavoidable in some places); I had to mask off the other areas of the card panel using a combination of sticky notes and washi tape.  There probably are better ways to mask it off. The Post-it notes lose their sticky qualities pretty quickly with the super fine glitter.

Admittedly, I was about ¼ of the way done filling in the holes with the glitter and I seriously considered that I might have lost my mind to create a project with glitter, LOL.

After each space was filled with glitter and burnished, I’d tip the card back onto a sheet of printer paper and dump the excess back into my container. Then I would brush off any additional loose glitter onto the cardstock with a small flat edge paintbrush and dump it back into the container before removing the Post-it or washi tape masks.

I followed this process for each hole in the Retro Background Slimline die. I used my paintbrush once again to brush away any excess glitter that might be loose or on the top layer and set it aside.

I created a border using the two largest Rectangle Slimline Framelets dies and cut a piece of tan cardstock from my stash.

I also used the largest Rectangle Slimline Framelets die again to cut a piece of clear acetate to create a cover for the background. I added the border to the clear acetate with some 1/8 inch Score-Tape and then added additional Score-Tape to the acetate and adhered it to the background. You could also use this technique to create a shaker card.

I added some additional details using the additional little circle and square add-on dies that come with the Retro Slimline Background. I cut these from some teal and gold metallic cardstock and glued them in place on top of the acetate.

Finally, I colored a bunny from the Honey Bunny stamp set using some Copics and used the coordinating die to add it to my card front along with a heat embossed sentiment that read “Hopping by to say”. I die cut the sentiment with the smallest flag die from the Slim Mini Wavy Layers die set. I placed the sentiment strip right above the die cut “HI” on the card panel.

Everything was added to a 110lb Cardstock base cut and scored to slimline size. I used a corner chomper to round the corners.

I love how this card turned out. There is so much sparkle in real life, but it’s hard to capture it in photos. It was a labor of love with all of the glitter and YES, I had it everywhere. I used my little We R Memory Keepers mini desk vac to clean up all the excess but I had it on my clothes and everywhere. I made sure to give my hubby a great big hug afterwards so he could sparkle too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the card!