Friday, August 30, 2013

Heavy metal

It's Friday again and that means Daring Cardmakers Day.  This time it's Svenja's turn and she says:
  "I’d like you to go for some
  Heavy Metal
Use metal in any way, metallic cardstock, metallic paints, tinfoil, wire… whatever! I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with."

I was a bit of a Last-Minute-Minnie again - the BFoP (Bad Fairy of Procrastination) was responsible, it wasn't my fault.

In my defence I was playing with ideas in my head, but just hadn't actuall started making anything.  In the end it all came together without too many hiccups and I'm actually quite pleased with the end result for once!
I bought a roll of metal foil - I think it might be by Spellbinders, a couple of years ago and haven't used it - mainly because it's such a horrible, brash shade of gold.  Anyway I dug it out again and decided to force it into submission
My lovely DCM Teamie Sharon is now selling SU stuff and I ordered a few punches which arrived on Wednesday so it was only right and proper that one of them got roped in to help with this card.

Flower made, metal panel cut, embossed and inked to a lovely coppery colour, the only real problem was finding the right background.  Plain card didn't look right and nor did any of the papers I put behind the metal piece.  Then I remembered the pile of background pieces I made a few weeks back for the Paint Effects Challenge.  One of them had warm coral and copper shades along with some turquoise ones and if I just pulled them together with some matching turquoise ribbon then all would be good. There's more about how I made this very dimensional background HERE

A couple of months ago I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn't updated my collection of embossing folders probably for years.  Well, all that has changed rather suddenly with the arrival of my huge and wonderful Design Team starter box of goodies  from Crafters Companion!  I now have a fab set of 6x6, 8x8 and A4 folders in lots of gorgeous designs.  I managed to squeeze 2 onto this card :).  Well, if you've got it, flaunt it!

15cm sq smooth white card blank
Coredinations card (flower) 2x Bazzill card (flourish)
Gold coloured metal foil, 
Versamagic Ink, Cats Eye Ink pads, Fresco Finish paints, Texture paste
Turquoise satin ribbon, turquoise gems
HomeMade Sticker sentiment
Embossing Folders: "Swirl Corner", "Floral Frenzy" 6x6  Embossalicious by Crafters Companion
Punch: Blossom by SU
Dies: Spellbinders Labels 11, DieNamics Fancy Flourish  
Jus-Cutz A4 die cutting and embossing machine

To make the foil panel I first added a layer of ink, then ran it through the machine in the Floral Frenzy embossing folder. Next I cut the shape with the Labels 11 die. I left it in the die while I inked it again (stops me being too heavy-handed and squashing the fancy pattern ), After removing the shape from the die I went around the edges with more ink.

There's a great sense of satisfaction when you get to use such a lot of new stash on one project - and even manage to use up a bit of the "bits" pile too.  Or maybe that's just me - anyway, I had fun with this and I love the way everything worked out.....which is also a very satisfying feeling.  I should quite while I'm ahead, but I have a rather long to-do list so can't just sit on my self-satisfied botty any longer!

Do please head over to see the metallic marvels on the Daring Cardmakers Blog - they are sure to inspire!  

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KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous.

greetings karin

Dawn said...

Totally gorgeous, I love the colours and the flower is stunning. x

Dawn said...

Totally gorgeous, I love the colours and the flower is stunning. x

Kaz said...

Gorgeous Kathy, I really love those colours together, and look at you with the white space!!! I love the embossing on the corner of the card. Very stylish xxx

Traceyr said...

Looking good Kathy and those colours really do all come together. Well done for using up bits and pieces too. :)

Angelnorth said...

Lovely stylish look to this - fab white space too!

Kath said...

Beautiful. I love the colours and the design. A lovely card.

Sylvia said...

Love the embossing and die cuts with those amazing colours. A fabulous card.

Sylv xx

Linda Simpson said...

This is fabulous Kathy. Loving the colours.

Linda xxx

Lythan said...

the colours on this are gorgeous - and why not flaunt all your new embossing folders :) fab job Kathy

Hazel said...

Absolutely gorgeous - love the metal (this might be the week when I use some of mine that I've had for much longer than you and it's still in its pack) x

Kate M said...

This is fabulous - your colours are gorgeous!! Fabulous flower and great embossing too. Greatr card!

Unknown said...

Ooh nice, lovely strong colours and fab design
P x

Unknown said...

Outstanding card, so much texture and colour xxx

Svenja said...

Your card is so luxurious and elegant! I love the combo of copper and turquois, too.

Miri said...

Your card turned out great! I love it that you used so many tools and materials ... and still your card doesn't look cluttered.