Hi everyone! Do you love to make sparkly and shiny Christmas cards? Are glimmery, shimmery cards beautiful to you? If you answered yes, then this post is for you! Today I will show you how to add shine using Maker Forte’s Kaleidoscope Powders!
Kaleidoscope Powders can be used in many ways. You can water them down and add over a colored image like I did with this card! I stamped flowers in a circle on White Cardstock trimmed to 4×4 size. The stamp is from the Christmas Rose set designed by Alex Syberia for Maker Forte. This is a great set for you colorists out there!!!
When my coloring was finished, I mixed Alien Kaleidoscope Powder with water and gently brushed it over the flowers and leaves. Can you see that shine in the close-up photo above? These powders are loaded with it!
Another way to use Kaleidoscope Powders is to watercolor with them!
I used the same stamp set here, only I created a bouquet of flowers by masking and stamping several times on watercolor paper. I heat embossed it with Gold Pearl by WOW Embossing Powder. I grabbed my Kaleidoscope Powders in Alien, Rahrah Skirt, and Aurora, along with my Karin Markers, in similar shades. Then I mixed the two products together and watercolored the flowers and leaves.
TIP: The shine can seep into cold-pressed watercolor paper, which I learned the hard way. So my suggestion is to use a smooth watercolor surface, such as Bristol Smooth, to prevent that from happening.
I finished the second of my shiny Christmas cards by watercoloring around the flowers in an aqua blue color. I love the colors on this card!
One last idea for Kaleidoscope Powders is to stamp a pattern with an embossing pad and then spread the powder directly over it. You can use stamps or stencils for this technique!
For this card, I placed the Christmas Stars stencil over pre-cut Maker Forte 110 lb cardstock. I stamped with the Color Hive Embossing Glue Ink Pad and then removed the stencil. Next, I used a small paintbrush to add Blackhole Kaleidoscope Powder over the stars. I removed the excess powder using my Powder Polish & Clean-Up Brush.
This brush is THE best in removing powder only where you want it removed! I had tried to use a dry cloth, but it removed ALL the powder. This brush removed only the excess powder! You’ll need this in your supply stash – plus, it’s pretty!
When the background was finished, I stamped a flower and leaves on Eclipse Black cardstock using the Color Hive Embossing Glue Ink. I added Snow Flurries Kaleidoscope Powder over it, removing the excess with my brush. Although I removed most of the powder, you can still see a little shimmer all over, which I love!
TIP: To keep the powders permanently in place, gently spray them in a well-ventilated area with a fixative spray.
I placed the flowers over the background to finish my card and added my sentiment and silver thread for even more shine!
Here is a video tutorial below for these shiny Christmas cards that should be helpful if you are new to these powders!
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