Sunday, September 23, 2012


I am not typically one to add a lot of sparkle in the form of glitter or bling to my pieces.  But, this week, Simon Says Stamp and Show is all about "sparkle".  

I made some vintage ATC cards for swap with a "Fairytales and Fables" theme.  I chose to create cards using Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.  This was a great opportunity for me to add some bling and sparkle to my vintage ATCs to make them look even more like the vintage postcards of old.

I wish the camera could better capture the sparkle that these little ATCs have.  It's almost like "fairy dust".  They just twinkle and glisten as the light hits them.

The top two ATCs have gate fold openings, creating storybook covers.  They are tied in the closed position this picture.  I will show more detail of those in a minute.  The bottom ATC is a vintage image of Little Red Riding Hood from an old book cover.

Here is a picture of the top two ATCs not tied together.  I loved the little stage image I found online and thought it would make a perfect gate fold "storybook" cover.  The added Stickles just make them seem that much more magical.

Here is a closeup of the Cinderella cover.  Isn't it wonderful? I love all of the detail and the colors.  I added various colors of Stickles to really enhance the rich colors and create a more vintage feeling.  The Stickles used on this stage are:  Waterfall to highlight the curtains, Eucalyptus on the plant leaves, Platinum on the gold fringe and atop the stage and Fruit Punch in the highlighted areas of the pulled curtain. I could have done more; but sometimes less is more. 

Opening the storybook covers reveal a vintage Cinderella listening to her fairy god mother.  The letters are traced in Stardust Stickles.  They are clear and allow the colors underneath to show through.  I added little "bling" gold and "diamond" stars around "Cinderella".  Along the bottom of the ATC, I added some ornate gold metallic Dresden trim.  Then I added some small Kaiser Aquamarine Rhinestones with Glossy Accents.

The storybook covers are attached to the ATC by adding a piece of Tyvek (painted with a Gold Paint Dabber) as a "hinge".  This allows them to freely open and close without fear of wearing out the hinge.  I cut a backing for the storybook covers out of cardstock and colorized it with Distress Inks to blend with the fairytale scene.  Tumbled Glass provided a nice soft blue color.  Then I heat embossed a gold viney type design on the interior panels using Ranger's Gold Embossing Powder.  I added Platinum Stickles to the edges of the panels and let all of that dry.  Then I placed one end of the Tyvek in between the front and back covers and attached it with 1/4" Scor-Tape.  Next, I glued the other end of the Tyvek hinge to the backside of the ATC with the Scor-Tape.  The hinge was in place.

  I added a piece of organza ribbon to the back of the ATC and left ties on either side of the ATC so that the ribbon could be tied in the front; thus closing the storybook covers.  Finally, I covered the back of the ATC with a distressed piece of cardstock.  

I printed out the vintage Cinderella image twice; once to use as a background and the second time to cut the characters out and pop dot them for more dimension.  After they were pop dotted, I added Stickles to their clothes: Waterfall in the blue areas, Fruit Punch in the red areas, Platinum on Cinderella's hair and bottom of her dress and Stardust on the fairy's wings and trim of her clothes.

This Little Red Riding Hood was part of an old book cover.  I sized her to fit onto an ATC card and printed out the image twice.  The first image was glued onto an ATC card and I used the second printed image to cut out the character and pop dot it on top of the original.  I also added some gold tinsel behind her head; similar to the way old Christmas ornaments would traditionally use tinsel as a halo effect behind Santa and angel's heads.  I added some little Kaiser Red Rhinestones to the top of the ATC and used Stickles to further accentuate the colors and details of Little Red Riding Hood.  I used Fruit Punch in the red areas, Platinum on the wood background and also little highlights around her cape, Stardust on the letters and some of the white flowers, Waterfall on the blue areas and Eucalyptus on the leaves. 

I was lucky enough to find a Little Red Riding Hood stage for the storybook covers as well.  I attached the covers in the same manner that I did on the Cinderella ATC.  The Stickle colors I used on these covers are:  Stardust in all of the white areas and on the lettering, Platinum in the gold areas, Fruit Punch in the red areas, Lavender in the purple areas and Eucalyptus on the green leaves of the potted plant.

Open the storybook cover and you will find a vintage Little Red Riding Hood on her way to Grandma's house.  The image is printed twice: once for the background and the second time to be able to cut out the character and the little bouquet of flowers at the top left and pop dot them.  The insides of the covers were done the same as Cinderella; however the inside colors are different.  I used Aged Mahogany and Tattered Rose Distress Inks mixed with a little Picket Fence Distress Stain swirled together to create this background color.  Then the vine image was heat embossed with Gold Embossing powder.  I edged the storybook covers and the ATC using a Gold Paint Dabber.

You can see the dimension that pop dotting adds better in this picture.  The Stickles colors used on this piece basically the same as on the covers.  I also added the little blue flowers from some German Scrap.

I added a little piece of braided metallic gold trim along the bottom of this ATC.  In the center of each of the holes, I added some White Opal Liquid Pearls.

Three sweet little Fairytale ATCs ... covered in "fairy dust" (aka Stickles) and sparkling with bits of bling!

Now it's YOUR turn to create something sparkly!  Then post it to our Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge Blog! You could be the winner of our random weekly drawing for a wonderful prize of ...

You could also be named one of the TOP THREE artists for the week ... a very high honor, considering the caliber of entrees we have every week!

Here are the products from Simon Says Stamp that were used to create these ATCs.



  1. Such a great idea to use a fairy tale theme and all those great images Candy. Love how two of the ATC's open up like a book to reveal what inside. And all the Stickles look amazing! TFS!

  2. They're absolutely adorable Candy! I love things in miniature and these will be a delight to open up.

    The images for the doors are wonderful, you really do find the most gorgeous images and all the the sparkle makes them even more fairytale.

    Hope you had a great weekend. Hugs, Chris x

  3. Hi Candy, always lovely to pop by and see your projects in more detail. The Stickles really do give a magical touch to your creations. They are like miniature story books and I particularly love the gate folds. Beautiful vintage images too and love how you have recycled a book for one of your images. Love the added trim adding to your wonderful vintage magical pieces. Enjoy your week. Tracy x

  4. OH MY, these are absolutely amazing, I love them all!!!

  5. Hi Candy,
    your ATCs look wonderful.
    I like the fairy tale theme very much and also the
    gate folds.
    It is always exciting to stop here at your blog and
    get a look at your beautiful creations.


  6. Stunning Candy. Love the images/doors sweetly tied together with ribbon. Can I borrow your imagination please !! Crafty hugs Annie x

  7. Hi Candy, I have loved every minute of reading through this post. Your ATCs are wonderful creations, love that Dresden trim with the rhinestones, they really bring out the blue of the backing paper and how clever to decoupage the images to make them pop - and they really do. The stages are perfect and by using different stickles you have really added the most amazing sparkle. They are all so beautiful. Hugs, Anne x

  8. Loving your theme Candy and they are all so pretty, x

  9. Gorgeous aTC's for a gorgeous theme!!! Love every bit!

  10. Ohhh love these glittery ATC's! The look like poetry pictures (don't know how they're really called in English... in Dutch their called poezieplaatjes). Brings back childhood memories! Hugs, Sandra

  11. Stunning fairytale piece, Candy! You have the right eye for the perfect sparkle placement!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. I'm not a big glitter fan myself generally either, but these have such a lovely vintage sparkle, so delicately applied - gorgeous! Absolutely love the folded ATC design - inspirational as always, Candy!
    Alison x

  13. Fantastic! I wish I had played along in this swap so I could have received one of these fairy tales! Beautiful design!

  14. these are so very lovely!!!

  15. I'm not a big sparkly person but I love how you've done these, Candy. And that bit of tinsel is a bonus! Congrats on your Ranger feature.... wooohooo!!!

  16. Awesome cards! I like the vintage images and how you made them pop. The shape of the door flaps look amazing! Gotta try that.
    Hugs, Dangina


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