For the nest and eggs, I added sparkle to just a few of the twigs making the nest and then completely on the eggs as they are the focal point.
On each of these, I also used a sparkly paper mat to carry that sparkle look even further. On the koala stamp, only the bamboo leaves have a touch of sparkle, as for the fur, you want more texture than sparkle.
Notice how I filled the space left by the circular cut with three eyelets. It is in a position where a chop would be placed and it echos the circles going back beyond the image. Do I think and analyze these things as I am doing them....of course not. But I can break them down later and figure out why I like what I did and why it works. All I knew was that something needed to be there!
With the tulips, notice how I did the 3 D technique on the vase. Since only the outline of the vase was on the stamp, I had to fill in the solid portion. Something else I did with this one was that I spattered with gold sparkly paint. You can tell that it was a little thick. I also added a cast shadow under the tulips where the vase would have shadows on them.
Remember the pearlex powders we all had to have? You can actually make them into sparkly paint. Watercolor paints are pigment with a binder added to make it stick to the paper. You can buy gum arabic in a liquid form in the fine arts aisle and powdered gum arabic at some stamp stores. You mix about four parts pigment with about one part gum arabic. Add a little water if you are using powder (or if you need more liquid to mix the liquid gum arabic) and mix well in a little container or on a paint pot container. Allow to dry and you will have created your own sparkly paint.
I am heading to the windy city on Sunday and have a busy, busy weekend before then. We have a meeting at church, I teach at Binders Saturday morning and am going to the Braves game Saturday afternoon. Sunday after church, we leave for Chicago for a week, so it might be a few days before you hear from me. If I can I might post some photos from Chicago of the city I love, but whose politics I don't love! I have to stay away from that double stuffed crust Chicago pizza, something I do love!