Friday 7 August 2015

Paper Players 256

Friday night and I've zoomed home after work in the hopes I'd complete the card I've been planning all week in my head for this week's challenge at The Paper Players before the deadline.

I'm also entering in The House of Cards August Challenge.

Some time ago, I watched a YouTube clip, by Dreaming About Rubber Stamps, about creating a faux patina effect and there is also a tutorial at The House of Cards. For this card, I'd imagined a rich, opulent central panel and decided to try out the faux patina effect for that. I started with a square of whisper white, inked up the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder with Crumb Cake and embossed the paper. Then I sponged over Pear Pizzazz and Lost Lagoon before adding some Early Espresso. Finally, I added spots of versamark and heated up some gold embossing powder. I do like the richness of the effect ... but that dictated a wedding or anniversary card.

I kept the metallic theme going by adding some touches of gold to the sponged flower centres, using some gold ribbon and gold twine as well as a gold heat-embossed sentiment.

Sneaked in before deadline and still time for a Friday night wine!

Update: Delighted that this card was selected as "A Cut Above" at The Paper Players.
Further update: Delighted that this card was tied for top place at House of Cards.

Card: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, vellum scrap
Stamps: Flower Shoppe, Petite Petals, Zoo Babies (sentiment)
Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso, Versamark
Other: Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, Lost Lagoon ribbon, gold ribbon, gold embroidery thread, dimensionals, sponges, IOS curly die, gold embossing powder


  1. Jan, this is gorgeous. Such depth and dimension in the colors and texture of the faux metallic. I must try this technique. Beautiful combination of colors and I love the double layer flower--gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  2. I agree with Nance 100%!! This is beautiful. Thanks so much for joining us at the Paper Players!!

  3. Thanks Nance and Lisa. Glad you like it - it was fun to make.

  4. L.O.V.E.!!! I am so glad you chose this technique--it is amazing on this card!!! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  5. Wow, Jan, what a beauty! Your card is super stylish and the colour combo is amazing. Bravo, you! Thanks for playing along with us at HOC.... So glad you did, Jo x

  6. Amazing card! Love the textures!
    Thank you for joining us at House of Cards!
    The Leaf Studio

  7. Jen, your metallic background is fabulous and the colors work so beautifully together. so glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

  8. Wow, you were certainly mean't to see that tutorial because the effect on your card is incredible!! It really does look like metal! Awesome job and bet you try this out again since it worked so well.

  9. This is so very pretty! I love the background and the stamped flowers! Love those!!! Great layers!

  10. Wow this just so rich in dept and textures, very nice work.

    Thanks for playing along with our challenge at House of Cards
    Ma (✿*‿*) HOC DT