Bright & Beautiful


This card was made as an Design Team inspiration card for Double Trouble Paper Challenge #98

Unlike our usual challenges, this one only lasts a week instead of two because it's the 5th Monday of November. That also means that Thing #1 is allowing us to create "Something, Anything, Everything". 

Thing #2 gives us a choice of a "twist" for our card (just about anything counts as the twist). I chose heat embossing for mine.  

Thing #3  asked that we use some of our past partners' current challenges to help inspire us, and to share our card with them.   So I chose the sketch from Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #172 including a stamp that is at least a year old (mine is 7!), AND Color My Heart Color #472 "Crazy 8" challenge to include at least four of their featured colors (I chose silver, light gray, light purple, and dark blue).

I silver embossed the stars, using Versamark on white cardstock for two large stars and two small stars from the 2014 Stampin' Up! (SU) "Bright & Beautiful" stamp set. Then sprinkled the stars with silver embossing powder and heat set. I die cut two additional star shapes for each of the four stars and glued them to the back of the silver stars. Then mounted the small stars inside the two larger ones.

I used light gray cardstock for the "stripes" in the sketch, but cut them using stitched hillside border dies to create a feeling of flowing wind. I die cut these three using a second time with a snowflake die that only slightly cut through the gray to reveal the dark blue underneath. While these are snowflakes, I think they can also look like stars randomly strewn across the sky!

The sentiment is from the SU "So Many Stars" stamp set. I needed a light purple for the color challenge, so used SU Wisteria Wonder ink and my SU Stamparatus stamp positioning tool stamped twice on a piece of white cardstock, the stamped twice on top of the purple with clear Versamark to make it nice and sticky so that my Ranger Polysparkle embossing powder would stick well. The trick with this powder is that it has lots of holographic sparkle pieces that don't stick really well. I think they rely on the clear embossing powder they are mixed with. So if you heat emboss it from the front, it blows most of the holographic pieces away. Instead, you need to do the heat embossing from the BACK of the cardstock so the participles get trapped by the clear powder as it melts.

After I had finished heating the sentiment, I scanned it on my Brother ScanNCut digital cutting machine, then sent the scanned image to my Brother Canvas Workspace software to add a 0.08" border around the sentiment image. Having left the original sentiment still stuck to my scanning/cutting mat, that meant I was able to send the cut file back to the cutting machine from my computer and use it to exactly cut out the border. I then cut two more blank border outlines to glue onto the back of the heat embossed one to give it depth like the stars have. I had originally wanted to heat emboss the sentiment directly on the card front, but experimentation on a scrap piece of dark blue cardstock showed that it really didn't show up on a dark background, even with the holographic embossing powder.

I am rating the difficulty of this card as a "3" out of a possible "5". My reasoning is that there were numerous steps (about 8-10). None of which were particularly difficult, just time consuming. In person the card really looks lovely with all the sparkle!

Stamps: SU Bright & Beautiful, So Many Stars
Paper: SU Night of Navy, Going Gray, Basic White Thick
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versamark, SU Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: SU Stars Framelit Dies, Stitched Snowflakes Dies, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Brother ScanNCut CM350, Sizzix Big Shot, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border Dies, Artfully Scribed Detail Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Ranger Polysparkle Embossing Powder, SU Stamparatus
Techniques: Heat Embossing, Die Cutting, Digital Cutting


  1. Wow, how pretty and your interpretation of the sketch and choice of colors is right on. Beautiful card.

    1. Thank you Donna for sharing this card with Color Dare.

  2. Beautiful card, Donna. What a great idea to use lavender with sapphire blue. Well done!

  3. This is gorgeous, Donna! Love all the snowflake elements!

  4. Those stars are beautiful. Lovely card and I like the way I’m you made your stripes wavy for added interest. Thanks for playing along with Color My Heart Color Dare. X

  5. Donna.... loving all the sparkle!! Thanks for joining Retro Rubber this week! Happy Holidays.

  6. WOW!! your card is a beautiful interpretation of the RETRO RUBBER sketch, I love those sparkly stars and the wavy lines in place of the stripes.
    Thank you for sharing with us at RETRO RUBBER.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    Stay healthy and safe.

  7. Donna! Beautiful job with this sketch! Stars and stripes are perfect for this! Happy Holidays to you and your family! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber!!

  8. WOW! What a wonderful use of my sketch, I am humbled. Thank you for playing along at Retro Rubber this time. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Claire DT

  9. What a great take on the sketch. The wavy strips, and color combo are so fun! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber, come again soon!

  10. I like how you used waves as the paper strip element on the sketch! The navy and silver are super pretty together :)

  11. Love the movement of this card. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Color Dare.

  12. I love your interpretation of that template with our Colour Dare colours. Its beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Colour Dare Challenge, I hope you can join us again soon.


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