Shimmer Laser Cuts

I'm not one for crafting the easy way - preferring to create without kits or precut images. However, my eye kept getting drawn to the pack of Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper. That's a big name for sheets of beautifully die cut paper with a vanilla shimmer finish on one side with plain white on reverse. In each pack there are 3 sheets of the above and 3 sheets of a large 12" design. I decided that we'd use the above shown sheet for some of our cards in this month's Just For Fun classeS. This left plenty of images for the ladies to create other cards once we'd finished.

We cut the sheet apart and used the first image, seen top left above, for our first 3 cards. Yes, 3 cards. By turning the shimmer side down we used the laser cut as a stencil on card numbers 1 and 2, as you will see below...

The white card behind the birds was created by sponging balmy blue ink through the laser cut, using it as a stencil. On another piece of white card I die cut the centre using one of the Stitched Nested Label dies, this is attached with stampin' dimensionals. The birds are from Free As A Bird stamps set. Stamped, coloured then fussy cut. They are also fixed in place in the aperture with stampin' dimensionals. The sentiment is stamped then die cut with one of the Stitched Shapes dies.

Again, on the second card, we stencilled through the laser cut, adding a simple topper using the Poppy Moments dies.

Next we made a simple card and actually stuck the laser cut down!  Whenever we stencilled, we sponged from the reverse side of the laser cut but when we fixed the laser cut to a card we made sure that the vanilla shimmer side was on show.

Behind it is a piece of retired foil cardstock in Pretty Peacock this is then layered on plain Pretty Peacock card before being added to my base card. Threading some of our beautiful Old Olive/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon and finishing with a bow.

I asked the ladies to pull out their pots of shimmer paint which has been languishing in the cupboard for a little while. We'd already used them for stamping and spraying but that little pot has so many uses!
Our easel card has a background behind the laser cut which is vanilla card with blue and green ink sponged across it. This then has a lightly sponged layer of shimmer paint, which adds a little shine. I used another laser cut (strengthened from behind) to make the 'stopper' for the card.

For our next card we embossed a piece of card stock then lightly sponged the shimmer paint across it. This means that the shimmer is only on the raised areas of the embossed card which, in this case, is the bricks. The mortar shows clearly as it doesn't have any shimmer. The laser cut is fixed on top.

Finally, my favourite of the set. This time we sponged shimmer paint across a piece of card stock before embossing it. This ensures that both the raised and indented parts of the card shimmer. I used my favourite embossing folder - Seabed 3D. 
We then fussy cut a whale from the Whale of a Time DSP, fixing it to the embossed card. We made our card into a shaker card using a simple method to create the illusion of the shaker.
To do this we popped some sequins into a cellophane bag, sealed it and then attached it to the reverse of the laser cut frame before fixing it to the card front on stampin' dimensionals. Here is the finished card.

I hope you've enjoyed stopping by today and gathering some ideas for how to use these laser cuts. This style is retiring when our new catalogue arrives but I feel sure there are other items in the catalogues you can use to the same effect.
As always, there is a list of products used below, click on any to view in more detail or to purchase.

On another note, I've mailed out copies of the upcoming catalogue to all my current customers. If you don't have a demonstrator and would like a copy, please feel free to contact me, see the contact button on the bar at the top.


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