Glittery Rainbow Distress Ink Cards - Two Ways

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing some fun distress ink rainbow cards—with GLITTER! One way gives a more subtle shine, while the other is very glittery. 

1) Glitter, glitter, glitter

For the first three cards, I started by cutting down a sheet of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper (I have an 11 x 17 pad) to make a few 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inch panels. I used Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools and worked in a circle to blend the distress inks in rainbow order: Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron. 

Next, I taped down the Altenew Leaf Burst Stencil over the rainbow panel using washi tape. Then I used a palette knife (you can also use an old gift card!) to spread Cosmic Shimmer glitter paste over the stencil; I used the color Frosty Dawn Sparkle.

At this point I used a strong liquid adhesive to glue my glittery rainbow panel to a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inch white card base. I die cut two of the “awesome” die from the Avery Elle Sentimental Too die set so I could layer them on top of one another. Then I used Versamark ink and covered the stacked die with glittery white embossing powder and heat set it.

From the same stamp set, I stamped the “I think you’re” on black cardstock in Versamark ink and heat set it with white embossing powder. I die cut the sentiment using the smallest banner from the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners die set. Then I glued my sentiments onto the card and added a few Little Things from Lucy’s Cards jewels to finish it off!

I created three cards like this, but for one of them I used the Neat and Tangled Geometric Blooms Stencil instead of the Altenew Leaf Burst Stencil.

2) Subtle Shine

For the second set of cards, I started by cutting down a sheet of Canson XL Watercolor Paper (I have an 11 x 15 pad) to create a few 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inch panels. I used (the amazing) Laura Bassen’s “loosey goosey smackdown” technique to watercolor 3 panels. I used a round, size 12 Princeton brush and distress inks in the colors Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron. I also added some darker colored inks to some of the panels for a little more umph: Lucky Clover, Blueprint Sketch, Festive Berries, and Wilted Violet.

Once the panels were dry, I colored over them with a Faber Castell gelato in the shade Metallic Icing, and blended it in with my fingers. I cut the Neat and Tangled Polygon Cover Plate Die from each panel, and used Jennifer McGuire’s die cut inlay technique to adhere all the polygons to each card base.

Again, I used the Avery Elle Sentimental Too stamp and die set along with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners die to finish the card off with my sentiment.

In case you were wondering, I made these cards for my coworker’s kids to give to their dance teachers.

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