Hot Mess Success #6 ~ Sparkle!

 Hi friends ....
happy weekend!

Today's card is card #6 for the *Hot Mess ~ Success* card group 
where the best item on the crafting menu is whatever is the messiest! :)
Each month, the hostess chooses a theme 
and we (Barb, Jeanette, Terry and I) create 
a messy card using a messy technique.

This month, our hostess is Jeanette and her theme is sparkle.

The fun part about this group is that I have been pushing
 the boundaries of my comfort zone
and trying new things each month.

So for January ..
no better time than like now to play with my watercolor glitter inks!
This is the first time I've used the Brea Reese Watercolor inks
and I must say ...  these inks are a super!
I'm using the word ink ~ it's a liquid bottle
and trust me - one drop goes a LONG way!
They are sparkly and glittery and very - VERY - messy
which made for lot of fun :) 

The Brea Reese watercolors are so rich and vibrant.
They have tons of pigment and are very concentrated - 
you have to shake, shake, shake your booty the bottle to activate the sparkle!
The mica settles to the bottom and you have to be vigorous 
with the shaking/mixing but once you do - it's worth it!
If I had to sum it up in one word,
 I'd say it's similiar to Tattered Angels glimmer mist spray in the form of peerless watercolors.  almost. 

I used a paintbrush, only a couple drops of ink, and water ~
and brushed the watercolor onto cardstock. 
It dries VERY fast ...
I didn't even have time to get the heat gun out, it was that fast!

My card is using the reindeer from CC Designs
and a little scene of snowbanks with vellum paper 
and placed behind the triple stitched frame. 
I added a couple drops of water to the BR watercolor inks
and brushed it across a piece of heavyweight cardstock.

I wish the photograph could show you the true shimmer and sparkle.
If you see the close up above, it SHINES!
It's like fairy dust over the photo just gleaming!
There is also a little bit of shimmer in the vellum I chose.
It's actually a leftover from a previous project and I saw it,
ran it through the cutter with a snow bank die cut.  
No throw aways!

You can also see Barb, Jeanette, Terry's 
messy cards on their blogs today.
I'm smiling (at myself) for creating a card with Christmas
and holiday lights since we took "Christmas' down from our house
on the 1st day of January when The Kid was home on winter break.
It's all back to normal and nothing is out of place ♥

Except ... note to self ...
 next time, wear gloves.
Because once it's on your hands, it stays on your hands, LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

Card entered into:  As you see it #216 - sparkle


  1. Absolutely adorable card, Kelly!! Wow! That glittered ink seems really super, even if it's difficult to take in a shot!! LOVE the cute reindeer and your fabulous design with all the stitched details!
    Your doggie makes me smile watching at the red balloon behind your pink fingers and snoopy pyjama, such fun photo! :D LOL
    Big hugs!

  2. So fun - you can see the sparkle on the first picture - that looks really cool! Haven't heard of that product before! Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

  3. I loved reading your post Kelly. As a technique girl I am always up for learning something new and these little bottles of glorious water colour glitter are now on my list.....x. Your card is fun, shimmery and fabulous and what fun to get messy x. Great snoopy PJ's too x.

  4. Super card, Kelly. I've never heard of glitter ink before. xx

  5. Gorgeous card Kelly. I will have to look for the glitter ink here..Loz

  6. WOW--what shimmer on your card. I have not heard of these little bottles and will need to check them out! I think the colors are so sweet and I love the layers on your card. Thanks again for coming up with this great challenge!

  7. Awe.. how cute! Fun card!


  8. Wow what a fabulous product Kelly - and an awesome result on your card too!

  9. Your card turned out so very sweet Kelly!! The mess was worth it! LOL! It's not successful for me unless I make a mess just like your fingers!! :) I love it!! TFS! HUGS

  10. Kelly, I've never even heard of that ink, but I'm certainly you have - and that you own some - because your card is so fun and pretty and sparkly, too! (So are your fingers. ;))

  11. I am loving this adorable reindeer and his colorful Christmas lights. They are no where near as bright as your red fingers, though!! Are they back to normal yet?