For my exchange cards this month I made some decorative paper by layering several techniques.
I was not sure exactly how I was going to use them for my cards so I went to Splitcoast Stampers for a bit of inspiration. I found several cards that I liked that used colourful circles to decorate their backgrounds so I punched as many circles as I could from each piece in four different sizes - 1.75", 1.25", .75" and .50". I cut two pieces of shimmer cardstock I created a while back and played with my circles until I was happy with the layout then glued them all down. I adhered the backgrounds to coordinating card fronts before adding greetings and some embellishments. I used a green colour printed greeting on the green card and embossed a wooden star with gold embossing powder to use as an embellishment. The stars have been in my stash for a long time!! For the pink/blue one I created a hot glue embellishment. Have not made these in quite a long time. I started with a little pool of hot glue on a piece of cardstock, poured silver embossing powder over it, shook off the extra and heated it with my heat gun. Once it was all melted I gently placed a little flower stamp inked with embossing ink into it and let it cool. Once cool the stamp simply lifts off revealing the embossed surface. This technique is reminiscent of wax seals on letters in the old days. I peeled off the paper backing and used hot glue to adhere it over my laser printed greeting on my card front. I added a bit of silver glitter glue to the center of the flower to jazz it up a bit.
I am happy with these cards but I believe that my inspiration cards were more effective so I will have to go back and have another look and see if there is something about the design that I failed to consider in the creation of these cards.
My cards are on their way to my swap partners as we speak!!