Mixing Metallic Accents and Textures on a Handmade Card!

by Emily

Do you love using metallic accents for your projects? Emily Midgett here with you today to share some inspiration that combines two of my favorite accents for my projects: metallic and texture! I'm a pretty big stickler about not mixing metals, in both my jewelry (ha!) and in my crafting. I do love to mix textures, though; I think it adds a little something extra to my cards. My projects lately have been kind of dark and moody, so I thought I'd lighten things up with some pale pink and shimmery gold. Let's get started with the details!

mixing metallic accents and textures on a handmade card

Mixing Metallic Accents and Textures

First, I began by gold heat embossing the large cabbage rose and several pieces of foliage from the Sweet Nothings stamp set onto some of Altenew's A2 Watercolor Paper. The super smooth watercolor paper is perfect for picking up all of the beautiful detail in these images! I used the Artists' Watercolor 24 Pan Set to add some very pale pink and pale lime green watercoloring to the images. When they were dry, I die cut the images with the coordinating dies.

final 2

Next, I did some work on my card base. I trimmed down a panel of coordinating pale pink cardstock to A2 size, then lightly blended some Puffy Heart ink around the edges. I splattered some gold onto the blended card base using the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set. I added another gold accent to the card with a thin, matte gold foil frame die-cut using the Fine Frames Cover Die, which I adhered with liquid glue. For even more metallic shine, I die-cut a few leaf sprigs from gold glitter cardstock using the Branches and Berries die set.

final 3

For the greeting, I used the Bold You stamps and dies to gold heat emboss the large YOU and coordinating sentiment stamp onto the same shade of pale pink cardstock that I used for the card base. Once I had completed all of the different components, I used lots of Instant Dimension Foam Tape to add the die-cuts to my card, doubling up the foam tape in some spots to give tons of height. Using different textures for my gold metallic accents on each element of the card helps to make it really special and make each addition look intentional, in my opinion!

Well, that's all for my project today. Try adding textures and metallic accents to your next card project too! Thanks so much for reading, and have a marvelous day!


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barbara lassiter February 24, 2022 - 11:14 AM

Thanks for sharing. The card is beautiful and I’m happy to see the use of gold without foiling. I think gold foiling looks great but I don’t want to invest in that whole system if I can achieve a similar look without it!

Suzanne Guardiola February 24, 2022 - 2:08 PM

Wow! This card is a work of art. Thanks for sharing :)

Sandra Bogossian February 24, 2022 - 7:53 PM

Always beautiful work from Altenew. I especially liked the gold accent. I am excited because I am signed until for your retreat. I hope to learn lots of exciting techniques for my cards.

Maureen R February 25, 2022 - 9:10 PM

Wow!!!! Soooo Pretty!!!!

Tara Prince February 27, 2023 - 10:51 AM

so beautiful


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