How to Use Gems in Card Making (12 Easy Ideas!)

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Last Updated: February 8, 2024

Ever found yourself mesmerized by the shimmering allure of gem embellishments? Are you looking for an easy way to add a touch of sparkle to your handmade cards? If you've ever wondered how to level up your card making projects instantly, you're in for a treat! 

In this blog post, we're diving into the world of gem embellishments and showcasing Altenew's stunning new Gem Sparkles. Get ready to discover creative ways to incorporate these dazzling gems into your card making designs and unlock a whole new level of elegance and charm. Let's explore the magic of gems and take your card making to the next level!

Friendship-themed handmade card with violet jasmine flowers and gems for cardmaking

Add Some Sparkle to Your Creations

Gems are the ultimate secret weapon for adding that extra sparkle to your artwork. Whether you're creating handmade cards, scrapbook layouts, or other DIY paper crafting projects, these gems will instantly elevate your designs.

With Altenew's Gem Sparkles, you can add more sparkle and shine to any paper crafting project!

What are Gem Sparkles?

Gem Sparkles are adhesive-backed gems that come in three versatile sizes: 3mm, 6mm, and 8mm. Each pack contains a total of 167 gems, ensuring that you have more than enough to add that beautiful lustrous shine to all your projects. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting, Gem Sparkles are the secret ingredient to making your handmade creations truly shine.

What makes Gem Sparkles special?

One of the best things about Gem Sparkles is their versatility. With three different sizes to choose from, you have the freedom to let your creativity shine. Use the 3mm gems for delicate details, the 6mm gems for a pop of sparkle, and the 8mm gems for a bold statement. Mix and match the sizes to create dazzling patterns and designs that will truly stand out.

Altenew Gem Sparkles in Metallic Gold and Silver

Our February 2024 release includes 3 sets of Gem Sparkles, but we’ll be adding more to this collection soon, so stay tuned!

Tips and Tricks for Using Gems in Cardmaking

Here are some tips and tricks on how to elevate your cards, scrapbook layouts, journal pages, and other DIY projects using gems.

1. Create Dimension.

Add dimension to your crafting projects easily with gems. Layer them on top of each other to create a raised effect, or place them strategically to add depth and interest to your projects.

Clean and simple "I love you" card with vellum floral die-cuts and gems, made with Altenew The Blossoms of Life Die Set and Gem Sparkles

2. Embellish Floral Designs.

If you're working on floral-themed projects, gems are the perfect way to add a touch of sparkle to your blooms. Place them at the center of flowers or along the stems for a stunning effect.

3. Accentuate Sentiments.

Make your sentiments stand out by adding gems around them. Whether it's a heartfelt message on a card or a meaningful quote on a scrapbook layout, these gems will draw attention to the words you want to highlight.

"Hugs" card with yellow florals and gems for card making, featuring Altenew Build A Garden Blooming Delight and Metallic Gold and Silver Gem Sparkles

4. Create Borders and Frames.

Use Gem Sparkles to create borders and frames around your designs. Whether it's a border around a photo on a layout or a frame for a sentiment on a card, these gems will add a touch of elegance to your projects.

5. Mix with Other Embellishments.

Don't be afraid to mix gems with other embellishments like sequins, pearls, or enamel dots. The combination of different textures and finishes will add depth and visual interest to your creations.

A white and pink friendship card featuring Altenew Sweet Jasmine Stamp and Die Set and Crystal Clear Gem Sparkles

6. Create Focal Points.

Did you know that you can use gems as focal points on your cards? Whether you're creating a flower bouquet or a starry sky, these gems will draw the eye and add a touch of glamor to your designs.

A thank you card with pink and purple flowers, featuring Altenew Iridescent Crystals Gem Sparkles

7. Mix and Match.

Experiment with mixing and matching the different sizes of Gem Sparkles to create unique patterns and designs. Play around with placement and spacing to find the perfect combination for your project.

Colorful geometric birthday card featuring Altenew Modern Circles and Clear Gem Sparkles

8. Accentuate Patterns.

Need to accentuate patterns and designs on your paper crafts? Try using gems! Gems will add a pop of shimmer to any pattern - from florals to geometric

9. Create Shimmering Backgrounds.

One of the best ways to use gems is to create shimmering backgrounds for your handmade cards and crafts. Arrange the gems in a random or structured pattern to add a touch of sparkle to any crafting project.

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10. Personalize Gifts.

    Personalize gifts by adding a touch of sparkle to handmade tags, gift boxes, and other packaging.

    A clean and simple thank you card with a red bow adored with gems, made with Altenew Chrome Sentiments, Sunny Sentiments, and Crystal Clear Gem Sparkles.

    11. Dress Up Die-Cuts.

    If your die-cuts are looking a little “simple”, try dressing them up with gems. These sparkly embellishments will add an extra layer of detail and sophistication to your paper crafting projects.

    12. Experiment with Color.

    While Gem Sparkles come in a beautiful lustrous shine, don't be afraid to experiment with color. Try layering the gems over colored cardstock or patterned paper for a unique and dazzling effect.

    A sweet birthday-themed journal page with florals and gems, made with Altenew Lighthearted Birthday Greetings and Gem Sparkles

    Elevate Your Paper Crafts with Gems!

    Ready to add some sparkle to your card making game? With Altenew's Gem Sparkles, you've got the secret ingredient for crafting magic. Their adhesive-backed feature, versatile sizes, and captivating lustrous shine will make them your new go-to embellishment for all your crafting needs! 

    Dazzle the world with your DIY creations, and remember—when it comes to adding sparkle, the sky's the limit! Remember, there's always room for more sparkle in your creative journey!

    How do you use gems in your handmade cards? Do you have more tips and hacks? Share them in the comment section below! 

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