03 September 2011

Week 31 - Colour

Good morning LIMettes.
Thank you all for your good wishes following our last post... we're delighted to have so many of you on board. We certainly enjoy seeing all your submissions.
It's the first Saturday of the month and so we have a colour themed challenge once more and this time it is


We'd like to see CLEAN & SIMPLE cards with something that has a METALLIC finish to it... ink, embossing, card, charms, actual metal... come on people let's get creative!

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This card has a triple embossed tile. Here is the method I used to make it.
  1. Cut a piece of card to size
  2. Stamp with Versamark.
  3. Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat to melt the powder.(I used a layer of UTEE in platinum to shorten the process)
  4. Repeat stages  2 & 3 a couple of times.
  5. Sprinkle with different coloured metallic EPs and reheat... I used Copper plus Silver and Gold Sparkle.
  6. Ink a deeply etched stamp with Versamark (I added some Black Memento too) and press firmly and evenly into the still molten tile and hold for several seconds.

The impression had a few little etched circles in it so I popped some gems into them.
The stamp is from Stempelglede Grunge Hearts

This one uses a piece of metal foil which I bought ages ago and didn't get around to using until now. I cut it out with a Nestie and embossed it in a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I thought to add a little interest I'd swipe it with some brown Stazon and discovered that it made a really pleasing effect..it removed some of the colour from the foil in places and left its own colour in others, I thought it looked rather nice.

The depth of embossing made me decide to mount it into a recess in the card and so mounted the panel section on dimensional pads. The three butterflies using the three colours used in the card are cut from Marianne's Creatables dies. The sentiment is from part of  a Cuttlebug  die.


For my card I took a plain black card base [6" square]
Cut a panel of white card approx 12.5cm x 5.5cm.
I began by rubbing a Versamark silver inkpad around the edges, coming further in at the corners. Taking a clean tissue I buffed all over the panel, which draws out some of the ink.
I then stamped the leaf design randomly as you can see. The leaf spray is Creative Expressions.
I also stamped onto the card base.
The little elf, also Creative Expressions, is stamped over the whole lot in Versafine Onxy Black.
 Lastly as it's metallic week, I took a gold Versamark pad and lightly added to the bottom right and top left corner, plus a few touches on the leaves on the cardbase using a cotton bud. (Q Tip).
To finish I mounted the panel onto 3D foam.
I refrained from adding a sentiment as I don't think it needs it!
NB The sentiment appears wonky...it isn't I assure you, it's the angle of the photo!
Not too much to say really. Circles using Stampin Up 3/4" punch, then varied decoration. That lovely metal flower brad is Stampin Up too.
The Happy Birthday is a Hobby Art stamp

Photographing shiny metallic card is a nightmare isn't it. I'm by no means an expert, but, what I did this time was to stand much further back and then zoomed in. Seems to have helped stop any reflections!

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  1. Ooh fab challenge! Hope I get chance to submit more than on card this week! :)
    Thanks Lady and Diva LIM! :)
    Lizy x

  2. Wow, so looking forward to playing with this idea, your examples are gorgeous.

  3. Gorgeous inspiration girls but I think I`m going to have to put my thinking cap on for this one.
    Lynne xxx

  4. Fab challenge and some great inspiration. Carol x

  5. Wonderful creations ladies & thanks for another fab challenge xx Jan

  6. Hi Chrissie and Mandy
    Fab Challenge...both your cards are Stunning ....
    hugs sylvie

  7. Fabulous cards ladies:) Sandra H

  8. Hi Girls
    great challenge as always, your cards are stunning, sue,x

  9. Hello Ladies, Brilliant challenge once again and fab cards from you both, Thank you :0) Gay xxx

  10. Really enjoyed this challenge girls. It made me try something different x

  11. Your challenges also get me excited and your cards are always an inspiration! Vx

  12. I am blown away by these cards. I have to know more!!

  13. Thanks for another great challenge and fab. inspiration.
    Hugs, Sylvia x

  14. hi girls you have done it again another super challenge and your cards are just amazing,such a super blog,thanks girls hugs cherylxxxxx

  15. Thanks for another great challenge ladies, this definately was a challenge for me! xx

  16. Thanks ladies, these are really fabulous creations and show just how fab metal can be!

  17. Again, great fun. I am impressed by many works, which I'm delighted. Originator and congratulate all those who took up the challenge.

  18. Great inspiration for Less Is More. Looking forward to playing again.

  19. Chrissie, I tried getting on your site, but it was quite busy. Your cards are so elegant. ;)

  20. Absolutely beautiful inspiration, Ladies!

  21. SO VERY MANY lovely entries. I'm sorry that I've not commented on so many of the later entries but am now on vacation so won't be having so much time on-line. If I've not visited you then it's because I simply ran out of time!


  22. Fab cards, ladies. I especially like the first (Chrissie's - I'll have to buy some more embossing powders and try that technique with the tile) and the last one (Mandi's - sheer elegance!). Gorgeous entries from all the other too. Pity I don't have time to visit them all.



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