Gecko Card with Turquoise Glitter

Gecko Card with Turquoise Glitter2017-12-27T11:25:30-04:00

Project Description

("Just Because" Card - Gecko and GlitterClick to see the full size card and see how it really sparkles!)

Just Cards, Fall 2012I was surprised this weekend to open up the Fall 2012 issue of Just Cards magazine (by Scott Publications) to find they published one of my cards!! Submitting projects to magazines can be a fun and challenging way to get you to try new techniques, play with colors or just force yourself to get a project done. Look on the web for the Editorial Calendar for your favorite magazine and then give it a try! The Editorial Calendar for Scrap & Stamp Arts goes all the way to January 2013.

This card uses one of my favorite techniques for adhering glitter – packing tape!! In a nutshell, you cut out an opening using a craft knife, punch or electronic cutting machine (like the Zing!), put packing tape behind it (so the sticky part is exposed in the opening) and then rub in glitter! It’s fast and makes a great impact.

Here are the instructions for this card:

  1. Cut a 3 ¾” x 5” piece of black cardstock.
  2. Cut the gecko out of the black cardstock using a craft knife or electronic cutter.
  3. Create an adhesive surface for glitter (Martha Stewart).
    Place the black cardstock face down on waxed paper. Adhere packing tape face down on to the back of the black cardstock, completely covering the gecko.
  4. Glitter the gecko.
    Flip over the black cardstock so it is face up. Use a hole punch to create two black circles. Place them on the tape for the eyes. Generously cover the gecko with glitter. Cover the glittered area with a piece of scrap paper and use a brayer to push the glitter into the packing tape. Shake off excess glitter.
  5. Stamp the sentiment (Technique Tuesday) using Perfect Medium ink (Ranger).
  6. Brush Turquoise Perfect Pearls (Ranger) over the stamped image. Brush off excess powder. Lightly mist the stamped image with water to make the Perfect Pearls permanent.
  7. Punch (Martha Stewart) the lower edge of card.
  8. Create card base.
    Cut a letter-sized piece of turquoise cardstock -in half giving you two pieces, each  5 ½” x 8 ½”.  Score one piece to make a 5 ½” x 4 ¼” card. Save the other piece for a future project.
  9. Adhere the black cardstock to front of turquoise card.

Happy Crafting!

Joe Rotella


  1. Amy Day September 26, 2012 at 5:36 am - Reply

    You do such amazing things! I've never had any luck with Perfect Pearls. Maybe you should give me a lesson??? Hint hint!

  2. Pam Bray September 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Cool card, awesome technique!!! Will have to give it a try.

  3. Shirley Wheeler October 1, 2012 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Congrats on being published(again…hehe)! I love this card especially the colors. Thanks for the clear instructions. I may have to get out my perfect pearls and give this a try. :0)

  4. Barbara Hale January 30, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Really great! I am going to try this. Also, my regards to Betty Scott. She has taught me Iris folding. I love this technique also.

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