Adding golden accents to your cards

Hi Everyone, Mirella here. We’re going to talk about golden accents on cards today. Surprise, surprise – no rainbows! 😉 

The first card I would like to share, uses gold embossing powder – it’s a very easy way to add some elegance to your designs, and I have to say – for images, I don’t use this technique often enough (I do for sentiments, A LOT!). Personally, I believe it works especially well with florals. 

The stunning Blooming Bunch stamp set from Trinity’s latest release works really well for heat embossing – it’s nice and detailed, but not too detailed, so the melted embossing powder doesn’t mess with any super dainty elements. I stamped and heat embossed my image directly on some kraft mixed media paper, and decided to colour them with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens – I don’t use them often enough, and thought that they would be a great change from my usual mediums. 

The small set of Sparkle Pens I own only comes with blue, pink and purple, but turns out that mixing the blue one with a golden Wink of Stella pen gave me a great green, hence I managed to colour the image realistically enough. It’s really hard to catch all the gorgeous sparkle in the photos, but in real life, the shimmer is simply breathtaking!

I didn’t think that this gorgeous and elegant sparkly image needed much more, hence I mounted the panel on a white card base, using foam tape, and added two small strips with sentiments, using phrases from A Sentiment For (Almost) Everything – this is, by the way, such a must have in every stash! Some delicate Soapy Bubbles Confetti were my final touch. 

Simple, elegant, and sparkly – just the way I like it!

For the second card, I used both the Blooming Bunch stamp and coordinating die sets. You know me, I totally don’t mind fussy cutting, but for images like this, the die comes truly handy!

I coloured the images with my Copic Markers on white cardstock (my colouring was inspired by a technique recently shared by the amazing Yana Smakula), and added a few accents with a gold gel pen. 

For my card base, I opted for kraft, and – before adding the image to it, I first added some metallic splatters & adhered three strips of golden metallic washi tape. [note: you could use ribbon, heat embossed stamped lines or a metallic pen to draw the lines instead, if you don’t have washi tape like this. Or you could opt for a thin double sided tape and some glitter or foil. A stripy stencil & some golden ink pad or golden paste would work a treat also – the sky is the limit here!]

The white border created by the die makes the image pop against the kraft colour, and the splatters, washi and golden gel pen accents all go really well together, and make the card more elegant. If you wanted to bling it up even further, you could add some Gold Coin Confetti

The “Thinking of you” sentiment comes from the Sunflower Bouquet Builder

So here you have it – two relatively simple card designs that look really elegant thanks to the various golden elements. 

Do you use a lot of gold on your projects? If so, which one is your favourite? I’d love to know!

As usual, you can find all of the supplies I used to make these cards on my blog

See you again in two weeks,

Stay crafty,

Mirella

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