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If you haven't tried adding card making embellishments to your cards you're in for a surprise!
Embellishments are the finishing touches that add that extra something to make your cards shine.
They are designed to enhance and add interest. They're supporting players not the star cast.
With this in mind add your embellishments subtlety to avoid dominating your main focus.
The rule of odd numbers is thought to be more visually appealing. For example: add 3,5 or 7 sequins for a natural and balanced look.
Let's look at some of the main options....
Ribbons are available in an array of colours, widths, materials and textures. They are used to add bows and ties. Ribbons soften a card and are great for weddings, birthday and baby cards.
Ready made ribbon bows can be purchased to save time and your fingers!
Bakers twine is easier to tie as it's thiner and less slippery. Although available in a multitude of solid and combined colours the plain natural jute remains a popular and versatile choice.
These jewels add sparkle and a touch of glamour to your cards. They come in all colours, shapes and sizes.
They are sold on sheets and are self adhesive. Occasionally, a little spot of wet glue is needed for a permanent fix.
Get more out of your jewels by buying clear or neutral products and colour with alcohol markers.
Collect and press your own flowers and leaves for a delicate vintage look.
For those of use who are time challenged you can buy paper flowers and leaves in a a variety of styles and colours.
Alternatively, have a go at making your own using punches and dies.
Adding glitter is a cheap and potentially messy way to add sparkle!
Easier sparkly alternatives include using glitter paper, glitter pens or heat embossing with a metallic embossing powder.
You can also add a glittery shine with sprays, glossy and glitter accents.
Gilding Flakes are decorative flakes that add a subtle metallic shine. These too can be messy but the finished effect is stunning and luxurious.
The list of embellishments is endless!
And finally....remember to use all your glitter or shiny paper scraps to punch your own stars, hearts and circles. Create a stash of ready to use embellishments.