You Light Up My Life 1 Layer Card

Crafting can get expensive. So, whenever there is a product I like AND there’s a sale or coupon I can use, I take advantage of the situation.

I found the stamp company Technique Tuesday a few months back when I was looking for some sassy sentiment stamps (they have some GREAT ones, especially for “created by” types of stamps). What I really loved was that Technique Tuesday has multiple ways to offer customers discounts:

  1. Sign up for one of their Monthly Subscriptions. This will offer you a discounted set each month, potential free shipping when adding on to your monthly shipment, and select products available for a 15% discount for members only each month.
  2. Sometimes, Technique Tuesday will offer you a last minute deal during checkout, which is typically a random stamp set. I’ve taken advantage of 2 checkout deals over the past few weeks, both of which between a 30% – 50% discount on! Please note, these deals are random and discounts on certain sets are not guaranteed.

The “Light Bulb Moment” set used in this card was one of those checkout deals, and I’m so glad I took advantage of it!

I’ve really loved how light bulbs have become a main feature with interior design lately, so I was really excited to get to play with this set!

I wanted to keep the card simple. I stamped out 3 lightbulbs on strings at different lengths, and then colored each lightbulbs with my Copics (I used my go-to yellow combo of: Y11, Y15 & Y17).

After coloring each of the bulbs, I masked all 3 and took my foam blending tool with Ranger Ink Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide, and carefully dabbed a circle around each bulb to give the glowing effect.

I then used the sentiment “You Light Up My Life” which was included in the set, stamped it in black, and added 3 small black enamel dots to give just a little extra flair to the card.

Detour about adding enamel dots: I want to give a few tips regarding using Ranger Ink Enamel Accents, and really any sort of liquid that you want to dry so it hardens:

  1. Make sure that, after applying the accents in liquid form, that you have a space for your card to lie while the accents dry properly. I cannot tell you how many times that I’ve gone to reach for a card with wet accents, and I end up ruining the accents, and either have to come up with a cover-up or start entirely over from scratch. I would recommend finding a space that is rarely interrupted and without any sort of airflow that would cause any disturbances.
  2. Less is more. I like to keep my accents in odd number groupings, and I’ve realized how easy it is to over do it. If you’re dealing with a smaller area, I would stick with 3 or 5 accents, and, truthfully, 5 can even be pushing it at times. Remember, you can always add later if you think more is needed, but you can’t take away!

I trimmed my A2 sized card down a little and adhered it to an A2 sized piece of black cardstock to give it a frame, adhered the card front to the card base, and I had my end product!

Have you found any random deals on craft supplies that you were happy with? I’d love to hear your finds below!

Happy Crafting!

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