Saturday, September 19, 2009

Limelight Week 3 with Michelle - Golden Touch

One of my first "favorite" things about stamping was gold embossing powder... the glitz, the sparkle, the elegance just drew me in. As time went on I kinda forget about my gold ep and it sat buried under all those other supplies. Well for this Limelight post I decided to brush off that jar and put it to good use again. I combined the gold embossing power with another one of my personal challenges.... to NOT use white paper on a card.
For this card I used the Thank You set and embossed the sentiment block on brown paper. For the Tulips I used a light orange paper, embossed with gold and added shadows of color with Copic markers.


I grabbed Strut Your Stuff for the next card and embossed the image on a tan piece of cardstock with the gold ep. The bird itself was colored with irridescent watercolor paints. I love combining this type of medium with embossing... it just adds more shimmer to the projects. If you don't have the watercolor paints you can also use Pearl Ex (with a bonding agent), shimmerz, or liquid pearls.


Holding the card at an angle really shows the shimmer!

For my last card I used the Cherries & Peaches set. The main image was colored with a combination of Copics and Irridescent watercolor paints. I also added a little bit of white gel pen for added highlights.

This technique shows up best on darker cardstocks

I stamped a sentiment that wasn't fitting in my open area very well so I cut it apart and rearranged it.
Thanks for joining me for week 3. I hope you enjoyed this Limelight post and find a chance to try some of these techniques. Have a great day!


14 comments:

"Luv 2 Glitter" by Brenda M. said...

Gorgeous cards.....Gold embossing makes for an elegant card...there's just something about it that I love.

Heide said...

Gold embossing is such a elegant technique, I don't used it enough! Thanks for the reminder.

Our Little Inspirations said...

Michelle, your shimmery cards are just wonderful! The depth of color is amazing!!!

LuLu said...

OOOhhh, you've inspired me to dig out my gold embossing powder now . . fab idea and gorgeous colouring.

Lou
x

NancyK said...

I'm with you on the gold ep! I recall the first time I used it - it was magical! Great cards!

Julie Koerber said...

Oh my gosh Michelle, I am in the same boat as you -- came to stamping because I loved the look of embossing. Got hooked, bought a bunch of stuff and then forgot about that little jar that started it all!! Your cards are beautiful! I should go digging in my embossing powder drawer and see what I can find! :-)

Makiko Jones said...

Michelle, I LOVE your cards with the gold EP!! They really give the depth to the images and the totally different look. TFS~

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

These are all so elegant! I love the gold embossing... Beautiful work Michelle.

flourishes said...

You certainly hit the nail on the head in you description of gold ep and stamping and yes I was head over heals in LOVE...it was like spontaneous combustion!!!

That to is very similar to you and your style of stamping of (not to date us) but it seems ages ago. I have so long admired your style....and thrilled that you are in our "Limelight" GREAT JOB on all accounts!!!

Carol Southern said...

Three great looking cards. I love the glitz of the gold embossing and like everyone else it was what drew me into stamping originally.

Deebi27 said...

Your embossing is so rich in colors! What wonderful work!

Chris H. said...

I'm finding going back to the basics of what got me hooked on this in the first place is really helping me fall in love with paper again...beautiful cards...

Betty Wright said...

Michelle, these are all so gorgeous!!! Beautiufl colors, textures, colors, detailing, and embossing!!! Stunning work!!!

marcella said...

Holy smokes, these are SPECTACULAR!!!