I have three more Dazzles techniques I want to try, and then I think we will all be glad to move on.
Interestingly enough, the Spring 2014 issue of CardMaker magazine has a good article about working with these kinds of stickers — “Creating with Peel-Off Stickers” by Sharon M. Reinhart, on page 64. It talks about the different brands, how to handle and work with the stickers, and several different techniques. The article explains and demonstrates many cool techniques with Dazzles types stickers that I hadn’t even imagined, like using them as a template to apply glitter to a project and create a “burnished velvet” look, or applying them to acetate.
The technique I’ve tried here is coloring within the stickers once they are applied to your project, as so:
Here I just applied some Elizabeth Crafts dragonfly stickers to a plain card, and colored in the negative spaces of the stickers with Spica glitter pens, to imitate the iridescent quality of a dragonfly’s wings. As always, the glittery quality doesn’t come across too well in the photograph. Maybe under the Ott Light:
Even with all the glitter, though, the card still seemed kind of dark to me somehow, and needed something to lighten it up. So I added several gems. The way they catch the light definitely brightens the card to me. The sentiment is from Studio G, and is just stamped in VersaFine, as I didn’t want it to distract from the dragonflies.
I also used peel-off stickers to make some artist trading cards. For this one, I colored in the sticker with Letraset metallic pigment markers.
The card is a pre-cut, resist varnished card from Creative Imaginations. I swiped over it with Shaded Lilac Distress Stain to bring out the resist. The sentiment is from Inkadinado and was stamped in black StazOn, to cover the resist varnish as needed.
For this next ATC, I colored in the dragonfly’s wings with Sakura Gold Shadow pens. They are gel ink pens with a colored underlayer and a top layer of metallic gold.
The effect, if you are writing or drawing line drawings with them, is of a gold line with a colored halo. Here, on this card, trapped in the negative spaces of the stickers, the gold ink all pooled on the top, and the different colors weren’t very visible. I was a little disappointed, but that is why I am working with different things, to learn how to use them. So, to complete the card, I sponged around the dragonflies with some Martha Stewart metallic pigment inks. Of course I got some of the ink on the stickers, and when wiping it off, I discovered that I could wipe off some of the Gold Shadow ink to reveal the color underneath! As I hope you can see here:
It actually looks less messy and more interesting IRL. Like I’ve said, the camera is unforgiving. I consider this is a happy crafting accident. I really like the effect. I will have to experiment with this on a larger canvas!
And finally, I have this ATC, made with flower Dazzles.
The Dazzles have a sort of pebbly green pearlescent finish, with gold borders, as you can see here:
I colored the central flower in with Derwent metallic colored pencils.
I colored the background of this ATC a while ago, when I was experimenting with ATCs, and frankly I don’t remember what it is. Next time I will pencil a little note on the back as to what the pigment is. I’m pretty sure it’s either Distress Inks or Distress Stain — perhaps Evergreen Bough? But I can’t say with certainty.