Twinkle Toe Trolls Background Process

love My Besties by Sherri Baldy! This month, the Design Team for JENSKOALATCRAFTS was challenged to use a Bestie to create a card or project of their choice. I was so happy to have Twinkle Toes Trolls #25 as an option since this cutie reminds me of a sweet girl in my life who happens to be turning 6 today!  One of her favorite colors is red so it fit perfectly with the monthly challenge.  I colored her up using colored pencils, added a bit of Wink of Stella and set to work making a card background with some interest.

Use these items to create a stunning background
First I grabbed some red and blue 65# cardstock cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches so there would be a slight peek of card base once the front was attached. I prefer to use the lighter weight yardstick when layering pieces on a card base, especially for this technique.  I embossed both pieces with Tim Holtz Alterations Swirl design by Sizzix. I carefully cut 1/4 inch off each side of the red and matched up the designs so they fit exactly on one another.  I trimmed the top of the red piece at an angle to reveal a little more of the blue.

I separated the pieces and used Picket Fence Distress Ink to drag along the card fronts to catch the raised areas. For the blue, I used Bahama Blue Momento ink to drag randomly across the card front. With the white having set, this gave the blue on blue effect I was looking for.  I used metallic gold ink by Stampabilities to distress the edges.  For the red, I did a 2nd dragging of Picket Fence to make it pop a bit more and distressed the edges with Festive Berries Distress Ink. I layered the two pieces, matching the embossed design and attached with Art Glitter Glue. Then I sprayed the entire front with a mist of my Gold Shimmer Spray FIND RECIPE HERE and set with a heat gun just to speed things along.

I raised Twinkle Toes  off the image using double stick foam tape and added birthday sentiment gifted to me by a follower that I punched out with a 1 inch circle punch and added a coat of Wink of Stella for some added shimmer. I used the gold ink to drag along the top and bottom card edges and centered the card front so a little gold would peek through. 
add Wink of Stella for extra shine!

I hope you have been inspired to try this layered textures technique. If you would like to get your own Twinkle Toes Troll, visit  MYBESTIESSHOP.COM and use coupon code YOURSPECIAL50 to save 50% on most products in July

For a chance to WIN a digi of these darling trolls or a fluffy, enter the Monthly Challenge at JENSKOALATCRAFTS with any project using Red or Blue or Stars. 

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