Cryogen card was purchased from PGPayne - this is a fantastic cardstock to use, but you can over work the **blending. You have to go for quite a minimum blending, else it 'curdles' appears patchy but what you do get is a rather strange effect of the colour sinking beneath the sparkle and gives an appearance of the Promarkers being coated. I used to like to print with this card\or paper as well, but unfortunately my newer printer won't play.
Graphics programmes probably was my first love and introduction to card making. Much can be achieved with Word or Works word processor, particularly for inserts. Paint Shop Pro certainly opens a new game. If you are interested in using a graphics programme, to work with layers, there is a free one called paint.nett, equally Paint Shop Pro usually offers a full version for 4week trial. Another of my standby favs if Microsoft Publisher. Then I found Promarkers !!
Working with digi as layers, requires a transparent background, in order to drop the colour behind it. Some Digital artwork can be adapted to transparency, if not already given as a download. Others if the outlines are not closed - rendering them is difficult to impossible. But ..... there are ways and means if you think out of the box, rather like combining digis and stamping.
Keeping an eye on the copyright of the author & limitations they may have in place.
Added: A note about nail varnish and this one included the glitter (in it) it was going cheap! £7 and got it for £1.99. It tends to work well on WATERBASE colouring, i.e. inkjet, it can make it shine & give texture, rather like water does on pebbles. The examples on this card was on the ''Greetings'' the butterfly which I used brown craft card and the bottom band. Nail varnish and I suppose there are other products used i.e. for decoupage, works well when you can't use Glossy accents, which is water based. Rather like the Memento for Promarkers and Stazon for other medium saga. (Rimmel, Glitter Bomb, top coat ''Bling thing'')
Made with someone specific in mind \birthday this month and completely out of my comfort zone and have to say it's taken me hours, but thoroughly enjoyed.
'' The May Queen is a girl who must ride or walk at the front of a parade for May Day celebrations. She wears a white gown to symbolise purity and usually a tiara or crown. Her duty is to begin the May Day celebrations. She is generally crowned by flowers and makes a speech before the dancing begins. Certain age groups dance round a Maypole celebrating youth and the spring time.''
Sorry again, this hasn't photographed well. It's really quite a pretty card with pre-glitter card borders & father christmas and deers. Contrasting with the plain spotty card (same pad) and funky foam.
When applying top coats to images, either as for example glues with glitter or liquid pearls due to the mixed media, particularly inkjet it just makes the colours run, for another example, say Glossy Accents, due I suppose to being water based. So nail varnish - bridges the gap!