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October Challenge: Metallics!

October Challenge

Hi All!

Are you ready for the Metallics challenge? I think it works really well with the holiday season! I hope you’ll branch out and have fun with it… special embossing powders, foiling, metallic markers, mica flakes, glitter, metallic pastes, leafing… there are so many options!

The last day to submit your entry is Tuesday, October 31st, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Wednesday, November 1st.

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The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must incorporate some kind of metallic element.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. 🙂
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced and your card must have been made in the current month.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

I broke out my Coloursoft pencils for today’s card. I haven’t used them in a long time!

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They are dry pencils that look great on dark cardstock. For more cards with these pencils, see here and here.

My metallics are gold embossing powder and Gansai Tambi gold splatters. Here is a close-up:

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You don’t see a lot of holiday cards with black. It’s kind of dramatic-looking. What do you think?

Enjoy the video. I’m looking forward to seeing your shiny creations. 🙂

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Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Poinsettia panel 4 x 3 inches 10.2 x 7.6 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

Supplies:

Coloursoft Pencils used: Cranberry, Rose, Bright Pink, Brown, Cream, Pea Green, Yellow Green, Black, White

Mondo Poinsettias
Mondo Poinsettias
Away in a Manger
Away in a Manger
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils
DB|AMZN
Gansai Tambi Gold
Gansai Tambi Gold
EH|SSS
Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder
EH|SSS
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SSS
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
EH|SSS
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
mini-MISTI
mini-MISTI
MSP|SSS
T-Square Ruler
T-Square Ruler
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Fiskars Trimmer
Fiskars Trimmer
S.COM|JA
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape

2017 October Challenge Entries
Mondo Poinsettias
Mondo Poinsettias
Launching the October Metallics challenge!
Metallic Birthday Card
Metallic Birthday Card
I made a one-layer card with Stampin Up heavy card-stock. The floral bouquet and sentiment were heat embossed with copper embossing powder. Then I used bronze, red brown and pearl green Finetec Pearl Watercolours to colour in the floral bouquet. A few copper sequins finished off the card.
Adore You - Metallic Gold Frames
Adore You - Metallic Gold Frames
I like to frame a lot of my cards with a border/window die in metallic/glitter gold cardstock. Stamp Set: Altenew’s Adore You. Coloring medium: Copics . Copic colors: RV04, RV06, RV09, RV19, Y17, YG09, G09, G19
Metallic Fall Tree
Metallic Fall Tree
Mission Gold and Gansai Tambi watercolors, freehand tree, AliExpress die. Inspired by @sisondesigns on Instagram.
Metallic Flowers
Metallic Flowers
Metallic Watercolor Experimented but colors were not very opaque so not sure I would use on black cardstock again.
With sympathy glitter
With sympathy glitter
SSS Curcle of leaves die, flowers from SU paper pumpkin kit
Kindness
Kindness
Stamp from Verve, love this sentiment
Life Is Good - Gold embossing on Vellum
Life Is Good - Gold embossing on Vellum
Mardi Gras Mask
Mardi Gras Mask
Platinum color heat embossing on background. Prima metallic accents paints were used to color the mask. with added silver nuvo drops
Gold Embossing
Gold Embossing
A Thank You Card. Fun to make and more fun to give to a special lady. Thanks for looking!
Foiled Christmas Card
Foiled Christmas Card
My husband has a laser printer so I printed a design, added deco foil and sent in through my laminating machine. Turn out pretty good. I added sequins and put a green mat behind it.
Christmas Card
Christmas Card
Stampendous Manger Family stamp, heat embossed with gold, painted with Mission Gold Watercolor paints, sentiment from Hero Arts O Holy Night stamp set.
Christmas Card
Christmas Card
Die from weekly die deals cut out of metallic paper, sentiment from Hero Arts Peace stamp
Joy to the World
Joy to the World
Nativity from Stampendous Blessed Nativity, sentiment from Hero Arts Joy stamp & cut set then heat embossed with gold, background sponged with Oxide inks (Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral & Seedless Preserves), sprinkles done with Winsor & Newton Iridescent medium and Liquitex gold ink.
Wedding card
Wedding card
Embossing paste and a stencil
Steampunk gears and pipes
Steampunk gears and pipes
Embossing pastes in gold, silver, and copper used with an older dreamweavers metal stencil.
Shimmery Wedding Card
Shimmery Wedding Card
I used Gina K Designs sequin foil and foil mate (background design), embossed the sentiment with silver and attached it to a piece of SU silver glimmer paper. So sparkly!!
25th Anniversary Card
25th Anniversary Card
I made this card for a friend and love the metallic look! I got the rings idea from Pinterest. The 2 and the 5 are glitter stickers from Michael's.
Shimmer Sheetz Madness!
Shimmer Sheetz Madness!
I used various colors of shimmer sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs and various embossing folders. The gold trim between each strip is also ECD peel off sticker trims. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the sentiment is embossed with gold embossing powder by SU.
Shiny Sequins Thank You Card
Shiny Sequins Thank You Card
This is another card using the Gina K. Designs sequin foil and foil mates (both background and sentiment). I love this foil!
Red Roses Happy Birthday Card
Red Roses Happy Birthday Card
I was sort of inspired by one of the cards Darlene made using this rose stencil (or something similar) so I made it my own and used Deco Foil transfer gel (like embossing paste) and after it dried I ran it through my laminator with red foil. The shine is unbelievable! I embossed the sentiment with SU's new red glitter embossing powder. It is beautiful in real life.
Foiled Rainbow!
Foiled Rainbow!
This card also used the Deco Foil transfer gel through a stencil and then through the laminator with rainbow foil. So shiney!! Love this one!
Happiest Birthday
Happiest Birthday
I painted this floral stamp with Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl watercolors. I love these paints for black cardstock. I had to put on multiple layers though for good coverage.
Christmas Joy.JPG
Christmas Joy.JPG
I used A Blessed Christmas by Paper Smooches for this card. The metal is gold embossing powder. I colored Mary, Joseph, and Jesus with Spectrum Noir markers.
Stocking
Stocking
Used some stampin up vellum with metallic gold snowflakes on this one
Hearts Come Home
Hearts Come Home
My rescued mess up! After messing up at the last part of my original card here's the result.
Christmas Star
Christmas Star
My Favorite Things die. Christmas card by Melodie
Christmas Card
Christmas Card
Stamped three images from three different stamp sets (Angel; Just Right 'Great Joy', Joy; Flourishes 'Peace & Joy', Mother & child; Hero Arts 'O Holy Night). Heat embossed images with Gold. Used Perfect Pearls to watercolor images. Stars are from the Star boarder by Stampin' Up. I used gold paper for mat & stars.
Falling leaves
Falling leaves
I love this little image, but couldn’t think of a way to use it that pleased me. Then I black embossed it on coppery cardstock and added a little color to the leaves and I loved the results.
Anniversary Card
Anniversary Card
Used Hero Arts Monthly Card kit and Concord
Love & Hugs
Love & Hugs
I have been making some cards to send to my friend who has many broken ribs and cervical bones in her back. She is in a lot of pain and they discovered the broken bones are a result from undetected cancer and has been having treatments as well. Please say a prayer for my find Denise! Used metallic paints on black yardstick. Really like how this turned out!
Traveler Ship in Metallics
Traveler Ship in Metallics
I know it's hard to see, but I used silver Perfect Pearls to color this image. I first stamped it in VersaMark and then applied the Perfect Pearls.
MetallicsFlower.jpg
MetallicsFlower.jpg
I was asked to make a contribution to the Silent Auction at my church last weekend. At the last minute, I decided to stamp a few cards and wanted to play around with Perfect Pearls. I made two masculine cards, two feminine cards, and two gender-neutral cards. I used the flower stamp from the retired Crazy About You stamp set from SU. I mixed pink and gold Perfect Pearls and applied them to the middle of the VersaMark-stamped image. I then attempted to blend it out into solid gold on one side and solid pink on the other. I then lightly misted the card with water to set the PP. Unfortunately, when I touched the image, it seems as though my fingers lifted some of it. I don't know why it didn't set. I made sure to spritz it well.
Perfect Pearls Birthday Candles
Perfect Pearls Birthday Candles
For my two gender-neutral cards, I decided to use my Perfect Pearls to make a rainbow of colored candles. It's hard to tell, but the orange candle is actually copper.
Sparkly Watercolor Silent Night
Sparkly Watercolor Silent Night
I felt like making Christmas cards last night and playing with watercolors too. I decided to also attempt to use some of the stamp sets and dies that I have bought and barely or never used. This card was actually a piece of watercolor paper that I drug through leftover distress inks on my craft mat. When I first looked at it, I thought it would be too light, but then decided to leave it alone and maybe go for a soft look. I was pleased with the way it turned out. I used my retired Sleigh Ride Edgelits, applied two-way glue pen, covered that with Dazzling Diamonds, and then tapped a mixture of water and white Perfect Pearls all over the card front. I embossed the greeting in silver embossing powder.
Glitter love heart
Glitter love heart
This was a true challenge for me as I am out of my comfort zone with metallics. I further challenged myself by using a BG stamp from SU! which I am considering getting rid of, as well as using Ranger perfect pearls which I hardly know how to use. I added two strips of gold glitter CS which I recently bought at Hobby Lobby while I was in Texas. : ) I almost threw this project in the too hard basket but glad I persevered until I got something that I could give a tick of approval. Thanks for looking~
Metallic butterfly
Metallic butterfly
Played around with 3 different metallic embossing powders. Then put a gold paper frame around. I like the simplicity and will probably just use the inside for a sentiment.
Metallic star with silhouette nativity scene
Metallic star with silhouette nativity scene
I thought about adding gold splashes to the sky but decided to stick with more of a CAS card with just the gold star. Added a little bigger rejoice die cut for subtle shadow on word. Added silhouette nativity.
Metallic card
Metallic card
Happy Fall
Happy Fall
I created this prompted by a mixed media challenge. Paint, gilding flakes, gelatos, and matte gel medium spread through a drywall-tape stencil!
Cloisonne Ornament
Cloisonne Ornament
I thought this ornament, from Our Daily Bread Designs, would look nice gold heat embossed & colored in a cloisonne fashion.
Wonderful Holiday Season
Wonderful Holiday Season
One of my favorite holiday cards I've made so far!
Joyeux Noel
Joyeux Noel
I used 2 layers of gold embossing powder on the bells, to get a smoother finish.
christmas mouse
christmas mouse
House Mouse Design stamp
Noel  card
Noel card
Stencil with BoBunny Silver Glitter Past
snowflakes card
snowflakes card
Ink spray background on an embossed design
Tarnished Foil.jpg
Tarnished Foil.jpg
My card is based on Melissa Kerman's Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique she demoed on Splitcoaststampers. I used metal foil tape over card stock. I applied Stazon ink, then Versamark on tree stamp with gold embossing powder and then used woodland embossing folder. I used more Stazon inks and alcohol markers to imitate falling leaves. I added the pop can tabs embossed in gold to give it a masculine touch.
Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!
A birthday card using Nuvo Glitter markers. They work great on black cardstock.
Tarnished Foil #2.JPG
Tarnished Foil #2.JPG
#2 Tarnished Foil technique: Metal foil tape over card stock, Stazon inks (black, blue, red & yellow), Versamark on tree stamp with gold embossing powder with woodland embossing folder.

Comments

  1. wrote on October 2nd, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Connie

    Poinsettias are my favourite at Christmas and these are especially beautiful. I liked the way you cut out the poinsettias on the black panel. It looked very striking on the white background. And thank you too for recommending the Ranger gold embossing powder as I just discovered today that I’m completely out of gold and need to order some.

    • wrote on October 2nd, 2017 at 8:58 am

      darlene

      Perfect timing!

  2. wrote on October 2nd, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Andrea

    WOW! Love the colors you chose. You did a great job with the white veins, imho. Really adds a finishing touch & makes it look more realistic. Awesome card, Darlene! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  3. wrote on October 2nd, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Andrea

    I forgot to mention, Darlene, that I “discovered” a way to do faux-masking. Yana Smakula demonstrated it in a video. It really only works with heat embossing. Basically, you stamp your first image (you have to use Versamark), add the embossing powder, & melt it with your heat gun. Then, stamp the next image that you want to be behind the first in Versamark, and add the embossing powder. But, instead of melting it right away, take a dry paintbrush & brush away the powder from the lines that are overlapping the first image. Then heat set the powder. That way, it looks like you masked, but you don’t have to stamp & cut out a mask. I tried it on a card yesterday, and it works wonderfully! Kind of a cheater’s method. I don’t know if it would work well on all colors of cardstock, or if the ink lines would still show. I did it on smooth bristol, and the lines outside the image didn’t show in the end. Just thought I’d share. 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on October 2nd, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Cheryl

      Great idea Andrea! I’ll have to try it.

    • wrote on October 4th, 2017 at 6:14 am

      Glenismaree

      What a good idea. I must try that Andrea. Thank you.

  4. wrote on October 2nd, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Cheryl

    Beautiful card Darlene.

  5. wrote on October 2nd, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Carol Mac

    I think I would have skipped the veins…imho…Love the fact you cut it out! Thanks for giving me a reason to use my prisma watercolour pencils! 😎

  6. wrote on October 2nd, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Jan

    So elegant!

  7. wrote on October 3rd, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Colorful Card Maker

    Your card is beautiful! I love poinsettia plants. Last year I bought a real blue one with glitter. It didn’t last very long and I wonder if the fact that it was blue and had glitter made it die faster. It would have looked cool on a card but all I need to do it buy this stamp and I can duplicate my real plant. I love to emboss and I just bought a new embossing gun. My old one was used for a freezer incident and I blew it out. It was from PSX so that will tell you how old it was but it still worked. I hope this one lasts a long time too. Can’t wait to participate in this!

  8. wrote on October 4th, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Glenismaree

    I am not a great Poinsettia lover but I am impressed with this card Darlene. I think the colours are gorgeous and make a change from red or white. Thanks.

  9. wrote on October 12th, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Almadirpaul

    Still can’t post photos. I keep a screen that says “the image is too big. Max photo size 3564x 2673 (9.1 megapixel) upload failed”
    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • wrote on October 12th, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      darlene

      Hi Alma. Is your photo greater than 9.1M? If so, that’s a huge photo and I can see why it wouldn’t upload. You could adjust your photo settings on your phone. If you have an iphone, it will allow you to email it to yourself and reduce the size at the same time – that might be easier if you don’t want to adjust your phone settings. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can email me your photo so that I can take a look at it: darlene@livelovecards.com

      • wrote on October 12th, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        Almadirpaul

        Thanks Darlene! I did what you said about emailing it to myself in a smaller size. Then it uploaded. Glad to be back:)

        • wrote on October 12th, 2017 at 4:48 pm

          darlene

          Great news!

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