Friday 19 September 2014

Gilding the ... card!

Still on the birthday card band-wagon...
This one was made for my SIL.  Autumn is such a beautiful time of year for a birthday. Or to get married. Or for anything, I guess. Love the leaves and colours.
Linking up to: Seize the Birthday.

I CASE'd this card from a technique shown on a Paper Wishes webisode (here's the link to the instructions, but the episode is worth watching, too).  I used the same embossing folder and Perfect Pearls Metallic powders.  I inked the raised portion of the folder with the Perfect Medium ink-pad (it works like Versamark--kinda sticky), then ran some brown card-stock through the Big-Shot. This transfers the Medium to the recessed parts of the design. Then I used a dry paint-brush to add Gold, Bronze and Copper Perfect Pearls pigment powder to the design, brushing off the excess. The powder sticks only in the recessed areas, giving a gilded, metallic look to the design. 
Since this is a technique (even if I made up the name!), I'm linking it up to Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge: Rock the Techniques.
And also linked to a new-to-me challenge, The Mixed Media Card Challenge.  
This is a fun one! Invites you to get really messy... In this case, I added TEXTURE with dry embossing, DIMENSION with die-cuts & embossing powder, and that gilding TECHNIQUE with the pearl pigment powder. Oh, and the challenge this month is to use Autumn Colours.

 Here's a photo taken on more of an angle, to show that beautiful, gleaming effect.
I changed up the rest of the card from the original, adding a gold-embossed sentiment on a separate die-cut label, and then those lovely leaves (Paper Smooches dies--just the right size!) (and a BARGAIN at $4.49). They are cut from hammered gold, holographic mocha and metallic bronze papers.  I added three more leaves to the inside, too.

As the embossing folder wasn't the same size as my A2 card front, I borrowed a trick from Jennifer McGuire, and gold-embossed the top and bottom edges of my card, where the brown panel didn't cover it. Gives some extra glitz and ties in nicely to the elements on the front.
So there you have it, GILD-IT technique, and BDay card #5 of 10 for this season. Come back to see more!

Happy crafting,

Products linked above, plus:
Cardstock: chocolate and colonial white card-base, CTMH; 
water color paper for label, bronze metallic paper, Michael's.
Label die and sentiment stamp: Paper Wishes LINK HERE and HERE
gold adhesive nail heads LINK HERE
Ranger gold embossing powder LINK HERE
If I forgot anything, contact me and I'll tell you more...


  1. Wow...this is gorgeous! The colors are fabulous, love the beautiful fall colors.

  2. the metal look you captured with this card! Very nice job! Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Seize the Birthday!

  3. Beautiful - love the metallic leaves.

  4. Beautiful card. Love this technique and all the pretty details. Thanks for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

  5. Your card is so beautiful! Love the metallic glow and the little leaves.
    Thank you for playing with us at MMCC. Hope to see you with us again in October!

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