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Monday, 15 October 2012

Autumn Metals! - Sunday Stampers week 227, Monday 15th October

Good Morning Blog Friends!

Thank you for your comments yesterday. I think every crafter I know, including myselfI is self-taught - we are so good at sharing our work and techniques, our blogs are testimony to that aren't they? But classes and clubs give everyone a chance to join in and learn from each other and I see that happening in each one of our classes, which is great. Plus, Amy and I are learning new techniques ourselves all the time, so that we can share them with our group - I love it!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, here  we had perfect autumnal days...Tom and the hens have been very busy in the garden and in between some time outside, I actually got a bit of crafting done! Most of it was trying to design for our next workshop, but I did finish  a commission and actually manage two projects that had been in my head and just had to escape!

Today's card had been hanging around in the old grey matter for a while and then, I was watching Barbara Gray on TV yesterday and one of the cards she made was using a very similar technique...following that I checked out Hels Sheridan's blog to see what this week's Sunday Stampers theme is and it's metal....

Now those of you who follow me would expect me to have leapt at the chance to make another Steampunk card, but..surprise!!! This card, that was desperate to get made, I think just about fits the theme...I hope!

I know you don't normally think of metal and nature, but bear with me....
This card is a black 6x6 blank:  to create a background, I stamped the leaves all over the card using versamark ink and then covered with metallic mica powders, 'painting'  them on with a paintbrush. I used Dreamweaver metallic powders in gold and kimono red, plus a hint of metallic Golden Pear Cosmic Shimmer mica powder. Once I was happy with the covering, I shook off the excess and then wiped over with a paper towel to bring out the metallic shine. Unfortunately the photo just doesn't show this off, the leaves absolutely shimmer in the light.

I then stamped the sentiment, again with  Versamark and covered with Gold Mica Powder. I die cut with Spellbinders Labels Four Small and then fixed all the mica powders with a squirt of hairspray (just in case).

I used Spellbinders Craft Metal foils to die cut the leaves, added some ribbon and a metal maple leaf button to finish...hope this counts as metal Hels!

Materials used:

Versamark Ink
Dreamweaver and Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Mica Powders
Spellbinders metallic craft foils
Spellbinders Fall Foliage Dies and Labels Four Small
Creative Expressions Dandelion Wishes Stamps

Thanks for stopping by!
Carole X


  1. Hi Carole, I caught a bit of Barbara's show yesterday and it was one similar to your technique and it was lovely as is your card. Good luck with the Sunday Stamper.

    Wilma x x

    1. Thanks Wilma, Sunday Stamper is a wonderful challenge that gets us thinking and prizes, no competition..that's part of what's so great about it! Have a happy Monday, Carole X

  2. Good morning Carol,
    I like, I really like, as you said Metal and Nature......??? but yes! it does work well.
    Have a Great Day

    Patricia xx

  3. You certainly make us think outside of the box Carole. I absolutely love those "metallic" leaves. They look fantastic. Have a good day. Christine x

  4. Gorgeous Carol! Love the way the mica shimmers and beautiful stamps!x

  5. Wow this is stunning Carole, those leaves so make the card sing and such a wonderful design.
    Enjoy your Monday. Christine H xx

  6. Hi Carole, I thought all the leaves WERE metal so you fooled me totally, they look absolutely gorgeous on your very beautiful card. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  7. Hi Carole,
    superb card. I love everything about it. Clever use of everything that was used.
    Have a wonderful crafty afternoon.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  8. Fabulous card, beautiful techniques and colours, love it. x