Metallic—Craft Trend: Cardmaking How-to
One of this year’s craft trends is the use of metallic. You’ll will learn how to incorporate this trend into your hand-stamped card projects. To make it easier for you to participate in this craft trend, I created five cards to help inspire you.
If you are like me, then you might find that incorporating some trends as tricky in terms of style and budget. Here is what I did. First, I addressed the issue of style by varying how the metallic element was used in the design. Second, I addressed the issue of budget by focusing on cardmaking basic materials—ink and paper.
Note: In addition to the materials listed by a sample, you will need the following items: ruler, scissors, Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives, heatgun, ColorBox® Embossing Powder and scoring tool.
Metallic Craft Trend—Sample 1
This card design represents the simplest application of the metallic craft trend. This is a monochromatic card. I chose the ink to be the metallic feature. I decided to heat emboss the vase to help the image standout. The folded dimension of this square card are 4″ X 4″. The difference in dimensions of each layer is 1/4″.
- Cardstock: White, Sapphire and Dark Sapphire
- Ink: Colorbox Pigment Ink in Sapphire Silk
- Stamp: Stampland Chicago Spiral Vase 5610-27 “Spiral vase”
Metallic Craft Trend—Sample 2
I designed this card with two metallic elements and two stamped images. The two metallic elements are the ink I used to stamp the flower and the metallic purple card panel (3 3/4″ X 5″). The folded dimensions of this card are 4 1/4″ wide X 5 1/2″ tall.
- Cardstock: White, Metallic Purple, an Lilac
- Stamps: Stampland Chicago Antique Script Block 9307-38
- Stampland Chicago Antique Rose (small) 2511-14
- Inks–Colorbox Dye Ink in Grape (used to stamp antique script) and Colorbox Pigment Ink in Royal Silk (used to stamp the rose)
Metallic Craft Trend—Sample 3
I used a blender pen to create design impact on sample three. First, I stamped the script using Colorbox black pigment ink on a brown cardstock panel. Second, I stamped the rose on top of it using copper pigment ink. Third, I heat embossed the panel. Fourth, I used the blender pen to darken the rose using the copper ink.
Metallic Craft Trend—Sample 4
I used two different metallic papers (bronze and copper) plus copper ink to make the fourth metallic card sample. I took steps to prevent the design from being overpowered by the metallic. First, I chose a background stamp with a lace pattern (Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card™–Swirl Lace) to use on the copper paper. Second, I used brown dye ink to stamp pattern on the copper paper. Third, I gently patted the stamped lace image to soften it.
Metallic Craft Trend—Sample 5
The fifth card I created has the same card base as sample four. What is different is how I treated the focal image. I used cosmetic sponges to apply two colors of pigment metallic ink–bronze and copper.