Hello, it’s Kari here today with a Fairy Ballerina card using the March kit. I just adore those wings in the kit and the first thing I wanted to do was heat emboss with glitter on vellum! So today’s card is honoring that idea, together with some fun gel press techniques that I love. I tested these out with the Perfect Blend paper and it turned out so beautiful! Scroll down to read how this effect came to life!

Fairy Wings & Ballerina

The first thing I did was heat emboss the wings. I took some heavy weight vellum, brushed it with my anti-static tool, then pressed the wings onto it using clear embossing ink. Then I sprinkled some black glitter embossing powder onto that and heat set it.

When embossing on vellum, you want to make sure to keep your heat tool moving, and direct it off the vellum every few seconds. You don’t want to scorch or burn the vellum.

Once the wings were heat set, I fussy cut around them leaving a nice border of vellum. Then I stamped the ballerina image onto white cardstock and fussy cut that with no border. I used a black pen to go around the edges to make them look nice and sharp.

I heat set the sentiment “dreams are Magical things” onto some black cardstock with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. (This is from a larger sentiment in the set, but I just used the last part of it.) Then I added some Tiptree Jam cardstock as the shadow, offsetting it to the left and bottom of the sentiment.

The background

Ok, here’s the FUN part!! This background is a dream I’ve had in my head to try with the Perfect Blend paper and TODAY was the day!! I used my 5×7 gel press for this technique. First, I added some yellow dye ink to the center of the gel press and smoothed it out with a brayer. Then, I added some pink dye ink around that using the BRAYER…so I didn’t smoosh the ink directly to the gel press, I rolled my brayer on the ink pad and then brayered it on the gel press. This made for a much smoother transition.

Next, I smooshed some of the yellow ink onto my craft mat and spritzed it with water. I picked it up with my paintbrush and flicked water droplets onto the inked gel press. I smooshed the Perfect Blend Paper onto the gel press, and let it sit on there for a few seconds to soak up the ink and the water.

This created a MAGICAl ink & water blend with lots of little droplets. So cool!! Now, be warned…this can get very addicting. I tried lots of variations on this idea and this method is what worked best for me. Try it and see what you get!

One thing I love is that every pull is slightly different…no two are ever the same! Doesn’t this look magical on the background?! I love how this effect looks on the Perfect Blend paper. So smooth and dreamy.

Putting it all together

I attached the wings, gluing only in the center with liquid adhesive. Then I added the ballerina with foam tape for some dimension. Lastly, I glued the sentiment directly down with liquid adhesive.

I love how this turned out and I hope you do, too!

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I hope you enjoyed this project today! I’ll be back with more soon!

Kari V.
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