And now for the show stopper! Drum beat!!!! LOL!
The Finished cards!
See! Aren’t they stinkin’ cute? I decided to make birthday cards out of them since I was thinking about hubby’s upcoming big day.
First thing was to cut out the Happy Birthday letters and the shadows. The letters were cut in different color cardstocks while the shadows on white. After adding the large die, I didn’t want to add much more so as not to take away from the backgrounds nor make the cards look too busy. That’s just a good rule of design that sometimes less is more. So I added just a few enamel dots (combo from the local Dollar General and clear ones from Honey Bee Stamps).
On some of the cards, I added a second sentiment from Colorado Craft Company and the others I left that off. I actually ran out of my Neenah 110 solar white cardstock for card bases so I adhered some of my backgrounds to WPlus 9 Kraft cardstock. Either works fine and I just love how all these came out!
So thankful to Mary for this challenge, she is an inspiration to me and an excellence cardmaker! I highly recommend you check out her YT channel here!
If you want to know more about the Nuvo Shimmer Powders, Jennifer McGuire has a good in-depth YT video tutorial using them. Find it here.
Below are links to the products I used and some of them are affiliate links meaning if you purchase through them, I’ll earn a small commission and it is no extra cost to you. Your purchasing helps support our small business and we appreciate that so much! – Kim
- Nuvo Shimmer Powders (Cherry Bomb, Catherine Wheel, Green Parade, Atlantis Burst, Violet Brocade, Storm Cloud, Solar Flare and Blue Blitz) – I bought mine on Amazon (comes 4 to a pack), there are more colors than these but this got me started >> https://amzn.to/2RPRQw0 and https://amzn.to/2VBLJfO
- Wagner Heat Tool – https://amzn.to/2Y0i3Mn
- Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer (for water splatters) – https://amzn.to/2VLdHpD
- Fun Stampers Journey Water-based Silks (Black Licorice, Silver and Sparkle Silk)
- Bristol Smooth Watercolor Paper – https://amzn.to/390bVGt
- Square clear blocks for stamping (I use my large square block specifically for ink smooshing) – https://amzn.to/2xzTM4d
- Royal Sovereign 9″ Laminator – https://amzn.to/2Jlxrdv
- Distress Paint (“Picket Fence”) – https://amzn.to/36zV3UR
- Honeybee Stamps Clear Enamel Dots – https://bit.ly/3916y9J
- Ngwall Paint Brush Set Round (set of 12 watercolor brushes) – I used the smallest round brush – https://amzn.to/2S6IKue
- Foam Squares – https://amzn.to/3aqZXqb
- The Stamps of Life Happy Birthday Pocket Slider Die Set (I only used the sentiment and shadow) – https://amzn.to/34M9Yfw
- Colorado Craft Company “Big & Bold Birthday Cake” stamp set (sentiment) – https://bit.ly/2VjGORQ
- 80 lb. White Cardstock (similar to Neenah 80 lb. cardstock) – https://amzn.to/2VyY5W1
- Neenah 110 lb. Solar White Cardstock – https://amzn.to/2yxWEfs
- WPlus 9 Kraft cardstock – https://www.wplus9.com/kraft-cardstock/
- Gina K. Designs Black Osidian Amalgam Ink – https://shrsl.com/28hmq
- Gemini Jr. Die cutting machine – https://amzn.to/2VjbWAS
- Hero Arts Black Misti – https://shrsl.com/286gs
- Teflon bone folder – https://amzn.to/2VcfC8
- Martha Stewart Scoring Board (not available on Amazon) – EK Tools has a similar one – https://amzn.to/2jJeEj8
- Simon Says Stamp Crafty Tacky Glue – https://bit.ly/2RGokZq
- Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer – Simon Says Stamp – https://bit.ly/2Jb0L7V
- Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat – https://amzn.to/2lawwDO
- SSS Craft Tacky Glue – https://bit.ly/2KcvekZ
- Assorted Color Envelopes – https://amzn.to/2OLImiR
My Final Thoughts
- Great for quick backgrounds. They don’t take long to dry on their own and it’s easy to make a bunch of backgrounds to have on hand for future cards.
- Leaves a beautiful shimmery effect. You may not see it in the pics below but under the light, the shimmer and shine is gorgeous!
- They’re Addictive!! Just like playing with alcohol inks and pearls!
If you made it this far with this post, thank you so much for reading! And, if you have played with Nuvo shimmer powders, tell if you like them or if you plan to buy them! I’d love to know your thoughts! Happy Crafting!