Friday, February 27, 2015

Add a Little Dazzle!

Hi all!
In the last Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, I won a prize - it was a package of beautiful metal sheets from a company called 'Add a Little Dazzle'.  

I've sort of been intimidated (okay, a LOT intimidated) with these sheets, but decided that I needed to step jump leap outside of my comfort zone, and try them out.

So....this post will be not only my first attempt at using this product, but also, an unsolicited product review :)

The Dazzling Diva Challenge #64 was to add some texture to a project.

All righty!  I immediately thought of my embossing folders.  What better way to try out
this pretty new product?  Sigh....I have about 20 embossing folders, none of which
made me do a happy dance.  What now?

Aha!  We all have a scoring board, right?  Ta da!  The light went on.

From the get-go, this amazing blue metal caught my eye.  So, that's what I used, 
and here's what I did:

I cut the blue panel to 4" x 5 1/4", to fit just inside an A2 card base.

The blue panel was placed color side down on my scoring board on the diagonal.  
I scored lines every 1/2-inch, turned the metal, and scored on 1/2" marks again.
So far so good.  I was liking this new crafty goodness!

I adhered the metal to my card base with Scor-tape (I don't own any of the fabulous red sticky tape that they sell with their metal sheets).  It did a great job of adhering the metal to the card front.
The next step was to use a sanding block to take the color off the top of the scored lines.
Worked perfectly.

Then, I counted up four 'rows' from the top and bottom of the card, and added half pearls.
I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue for that.

Now came the tricky part - this would determine if I loved, hated, or tolerated working with the metal sheets!  I took a Thanks die (from Taylored Expressions), and die cut it from a piece of white metal.
Oh. My. GOSH!  It cut very nicely!  

I took another scrap piece of the blue metal, and used a StampinUp! embossing folder to create a base for the sentiment, but didn't like straight edges.  Another test - how would it cut with scissors?
Like a dream!  I trimmed the cute little sentiment backing with detail scissors, adhered
the sentiment using my Xyron Sticker Maker, and popped the sentiment up with
dimensional foam squares.

I'm sure there is a learning curve, as my card doesn't look as professionally done as the owner or DT members projects do, but I will absolutely be creating with this product again!

There are videos to watch on the Dazzle blog, so check them out!  If you enter their
challenge, you could win some pretty metal sheets yourself!

Thanks so much for the great prize, Monica!

And thank you all for stopping by today!

Patti J.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwww! Hello GORGEOUS!!! I loveeeeeeeeeee the colors!!!!!!!

craftieodmae said...

very pretty!

Donna said...

Absolutely stunning! I like the metal look, especially the colors you used.

Donna said...

Absolutely stunning! I like the metal look, especially the colors you used.

Lori Kobular said...

What a gorgeous look that dazzle sheet gives to your beautiful card! Love it and I may have to try this product out for myself!

richardbreaks said...

This is so FAB! I love that rich, shiny blue, and the pearls are so glam. Well done!

Glittered Paws said...

Squealing how pretty pretty - and what a beautiful blue. Love the look.

Becky said...

wow. This is gorgeous Patti! Love the colors and love all the pearls.

Lorie said...

That is really really pretty Patti! You did a great job!

*Vicki* said...

This turned out really gorgeous Patti!! I think you've mastered them well!! :) I've not tried those out so how fun to experiment!! :) Thanks for sharing and happy weekend!

Taunya Butler said...

I am uber impressed with all the lightbulbs that went off for you as you were creating this stunning and ultra classy card!!! to sand after the scoring - cool idea!!! To put pearls on certain parts - also very COOL!!! Love how you created your sentiment and focal point - more creativity and awesomeness from you!! Way to go - this is incredible!! Hope your weekend is blessed with love and creativity!!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

What crafting goodness. Great job mastering the metal sheets!

Cheryl W said...

Your card looks so elegant with the shine of the blue metal and all those pearls. Do you think it would mail okay and not get marks in it from being handled by man or machine? Or would this be one of those cards that is best given in person?

Vicki Dutcher said...

WTG PATTI!!! You ROCKED it out! LOVE the added dimension with the pearls too. Thanks for letting me know you tried the sheets - told you they are awesome~ Thanks for joining in at DD and showing off your amazing card!

Kate said...

Love the results of your first time using the metal. Great card and thanks for linking up at Dazzling Divas Challenge.
Kate xx

Lee-Anne said...

Wow, Patti! What an awesome result! Stunning card! So happy you could join us at the Dazzling Diva challenge! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!