It's Card Cafe Thursday and we are excited to have cardmaker extraordinaire Kim Kesti joining us today to share a great technique and a new like from Spellbinders!  Welcome Kim!

"Hi there, friends! Kim Kesti here showing off a darling card that was made with the new Celebrations collection by Richard Garay. Richard designed an amazing collection of dies, stamps, inks and lots of other goodies for Spellbinders that just released!

Cele Card 1

I wanted to share how to create this three step background that adds so much depth and punch to this card. 

Cele Card 2

First, use a really easy “direct ink to paper” technique to add swishes of color to your main card panel. Just swipe and drag your ink pad across the paper. Fun!

Cele Card 3

Next, stamp a large image over the inky background. This Celebrations Doily Fun stamp is perfect for the second layer on my card. 

Cele Card 4

For the last layer on the background, apply a spattering of the Cool Caribbean Silk Luster over the entire panel. Just tap and flick and the Silk Luster adds a pretty, glossy dimension to the card.

Cele Card 5

To finish the card, stamp and die cut (yay for matching dies!) three flowers and layer them up on the card front. Finish with a Cool Caribbean mat and Golden Glow card base. A cute wrap of the Celebrations linen adds another touch of texture, and you are done! Try this background technique on your next card!

Cele Card 1

Thanks for taking a peek!"

~  Kim Kesti

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