Tree of Life and Adding Some Sparkle to Your Card

Happy Friday!  Easter is about a month away!  The card I have for you goes together quickly and is perfect if you love sparkle.  I've used the cottage Cutz Spring Tree of Life die which is so sweet and makes a wonderful focal point for a lovely background.
I love to play with inks while creating backgrounds.  For this card  I used Distress Oxide inks and blended stripes going from green through a blue-violet.
When I was happy with my blend, I cut a rectangle for my card front 4  x 5 1/4 inches.  I decided my blend would go side to side rather than top to bottom.
I made a white A2 side fold card base.  I also cut a panel 4 1/4  x 5 1/2 inches from a glitter cardstock.  I wanted this to be a sparkly border  for my blended panel.
Most items do not adhere well to glitter cardstock.  In order for my blended panel to adhere well to the glitter cardstock I used an old trick.  I took a fairly large rectangle die and made my glitter panel into a frame.  By doing this I can glue my blended panel to the front of the card, not the glitter.  Any rectangular die that is fairly large will work - you could even use an oval!  As an added bonus you have a nice size scrap of glitter cardstock to use on something else.

I die cut the image and the sentiment from white cardstock and used a shimmer pen to add some glitz.  (I actually used two coats for extra sparkle.)  Then I adhered both to the blended panel.  Finally I added some clear glitter enamel dots to the side of the sentiment.
This card really sparkles in person.

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