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Thursday, July 7, 2022


 Hi friends!
Our hostess, Cathy is looking for METALLIC on our birthday card and she says: "There are lots of ways to add a metallic feel to cards. Foiling, Foiled or metallic coloured cardstock, metallic mica sprays, gilding flakes, metallic embossing powders, metallic sheets or embellishments!"
I had this background piece in my stash from a couple of years ago at a retreat in Indianapolis.  Brenda in In shared this fun technique and I made several background pieces.  I pulled this one out to use on my birthday card.  The photo doesn't do it justice though, it really does have a shine to it!
Of course I had to write Brenda and ask her how we did it because I couldn't remember! LOL
This is one of her embossing folders, reminds me of a pebble path!
According to Brenda we inked up the debossed side of the folder with a soft color ink and ran it through our die cut machine.  Then we sponged the image with some blue, green and even brown ink randomly over the paper.  Then we swiped the versamark pad over the raised edges, just randomly here and there.  For this paper I added gold embossing powder, but I have another paper where I used both gold and silver ep.  They are really pretty IRL!  Another one I made I sponged on an aqua color and then used gold ep and it gives it a patina kind of look. Very cool!
The die cut is from Memory Box: Floral Right Corner
One more for fun!

Poppystamps:  Dandelion stem die
PTI:  Birthday Cheer "make a wish die:

So there you have lots of ways of getting some metallic looks to your birthday card! 
I hope you will join us with this fun challenge!
And be sure to check out all the amazing metallic cards on the blog as well as our Special Party Guest:
Karren Johnson:  Stamping Stuff

Heart Hugs, friends!


Loll said...

Beautiful metallic backgrounds made at the retreat Col. I can just see myself pulling out an older background and wondering how in the heck I did that??!! :) Brenda to the rescue! Awesome technique and two fabulous cards! xx

Brenda in IN said...

These are great, Colleen. Glad I was able to help out for this fun challenge.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Both cards turned out really cool.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous backgrounds I am in awe of them. It sounds easy and I need to try this.

Vikki H said...

Glad you found them and shared the process, Colleen!

Nancy said...

These are so cool, Colleen. I like the second one a smidgen more. You nailed the topping!

Bonnie said...

Awesome backgrounds, Col! This is one of my all time favorite dies and it looks so pretty with the metallic texture! Love the silver and gold of the second background! Two fantastic birthday cards, my friend!

Cathy said...

Such a cool sounding technique Colleen, love all of that metallic texture, Cathy x

shirley-bee said...

Two fab cards, Colleen! The metallic background looks really soft and subtle.

JoAnn said...

Fabulous backgrounds on your cards. Great technique.

Ashwini Rao said...

Definitely an amazing technique! I love the look of the effect as well. Just need to find the right embossing folder now...:D

Karren said...

What a fun-sounding technique and it certainly produces a gorgeous result! Fabulous card!

Glenda J said...

How cool is this?! Looks so elegant and classy - love it!