Friday, August 21, 2015


So after my last post, I thought .... "I wonder how a background die would work using a die and some double-sided adhesive?" Well, I was pretty pleased with how it came out! I just added a simple sentiment from the Happy Birthday Set 416 and some ribbon and my card was complete!

I looked through my background dies and found this Spellbinder's one (Butterfly Magic).  As the die is large, I decided to make a 5" x 7" card this time. I cut a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet 4" x 6" (as the 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape was not wide enough) and stuck it down to a piece of white cardstock. I then put the die face down on top of the tape and ran it through my machine. This is how it should look:

Next you start to pick off pieces where you want the first color of glitter to go. For this I use an exacto knife. 

Now you are ready to start coloring! Burnish the glitters in well with your finger tool! I like to use the Velvet Glitters for this technique as they are microfine and cover the adhesive thoroughly. I put some Ballerina down first, flipped the card over to remove the excess off the piece and then poured Orchid Rose over the piece and burnished it in well with my finger. It adhered to the remaining sticky surface to give this result:

I then picked out some more of the "image" and applied Purple Rain:

The remainder of the protective backing was removed, and I applied Cloud Nine. Dump it on and burnish it in. It will not get contaminated from the other darker glitters, as the darker glitters are truly stuck to the adhesive - they will not move!

Put the excess glitter back in the jar!

A sentiment and a purple ribbon were all I felt it needed to be complete. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark on glossy white cardstock and heat embossed with Mulberry Star. This embossing powder is one of the Tuscany EPs. They are detailed embossing powders, which makes them awesome for sentiments, when black just won't do! The sentiment was die cut and embossed with Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio. A little Memento Lulu Lavender was daubed on before removing the die. The card front was layered to purple before tying the bow and attaching the tag. Dimensional Foam was added behind for dimension.

I hope I've inspired you to give this technique a try. Let me leave you with a quick look at another card I made using the same idea, but using five dies, instead of one to make a background.




  1. Love both cards!!! Thank you for sharing.

  2. oh my! this is so incredibly gorgeous! I love your meticulous use of the double stick tapes when performing this technique, and your photos always wow me with their sparkle! On another note, thanks for your sweet phone call today, and for the product color names I wanted! Hope you get the photo of your hummer, too! xoxox

  3. Drop dead gorgeous girl! I love the colors and how you did it. I can see I need to get some of those sheets and the extra large tape soon. It looks so easy but I bet I can still mess up in doing it. LOL

  4. YOu always have the most clever techniques to spotlight these gorgeously colored & sparkling glitters. This S/B die worked to make a beautiful space for you to paint with the different colors of glitter. Appreciated seeing the photos too...that always helps me to imagine how to do a technique. Just a stunning card, and the gauzy lightness of the bow threaded through the die was just the perfect embellie to an already amazing look. #2 was impressive as well! TFS & Happy wkend.

  5. Another spectacular technique!!!

  6. This really is a wonderful technique and your tutorial makes it even better, thank you so much, love the different colours you have used to make this fabulously sparkly.

  7. Shona, this really is gorgeous. I have done this with smaller dies but your full background is amazing. Love how you used the ribbon die, too. Very creative!

  8. Shona, this is lovely. Great way to create a background.

  9. A beautiful card! What a gorgeous die and such a clever technique. Thanks for the step by step instructions. xx

  10. Your card is stunning. I love this techniuqe. Looks like you might need some more Cloud Nine too :-)


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