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