Technique Card Contest Winner

Check out my Technique Card Contest Winner!

This card was my technique card swap for the demonstrator gathering I attended this past weekend. I also entered this card in the Technique card contest and ended up winning that contest. I love this card, so I was especially excited to have won the contest.

This card was designed in partnership with my great friend and now fellow demonstrator Cindi Avery. It is just so much fun to play and create together.

This card was my technique card swap and contest entry for a demonstrator gathering. I'm excited to say that my card was the technique card contest winner!

The card actually combines a number of techniques including, dry embossing with foil, heat embossing, direct to paper inking and sponging.

The first step and tips:

  • The first step is to wrap a piece of cardstock with aluminum foil and then using the direct to paper technique, rub the foil surface with a Jet Black StazOn ink pad.
  • StazOn was used since foil is a non-porous surface and is the only ink that will dry fairly quickly and not rub off.
  • You can apply a lot or a little ink this way and you can make streaked lines or add more solid patches. You choose.

Since this was for a swap I made 12 of them. Below is a picture of my swaps in process. In the upper left corner of this photo, you can see my stack of foil wrapped, inked pieces.

This card was my technique card swap and contest entry for a demonstrator gathering. I'm excited to say that my card was the technique card contest winner!

In the photo below, if you look closely you can see the black streaks in the background.

Next Steps:

  • Next, you will apply Versamark to one side of the embossing folder. Place the foil covered cardstock face down on the versamarked side of the embossing folder, close the embossing folder, and run the whole thing through the big shot.
  • Remove the piece and pour gold embossing powder over the surface. If there is more embossing powder sticking than you want, simply rub some off with your fingers. You can see below that the gold embossing is not uniform but that’s part of the vintage look.
  • Then use the heat tool to melt the embossing powder.
This card was my technique card swap and contest entry for a demonstrator gathering. I'm excited to say that my card was the technique card contest winner!
  • Next, sponge over select areas, as desired with black StazOn. I chose to focus my sponging mostly around the edges and in the centers of the floral medallions. I also did some on the edges and center of some of the leaves.

Here’s another close-up. I love this one as it really shows all the elements and depth of this design.

This card was my technique card swap and contest entry for a demonstrator gathering. I'm excited to say that my card was the technique card contest winner!

While it’s a bit hard to see in the photo below, the word piece is also cardstock wrapped in foil.

I rubbed the edges with Versamark and dipped all four sides in the gold embossing powder and heat embossed. Then I stamped the word with black StazOn. The word piece is backed in black cardstock and a piece of a gold foil sheet.

This card was my technique card swap and contest entry for a demonstrator gathering. I'm excited to say that my card was the technique card contest winner!

For the final touches,

I added three Rhinestone Jewels and tied a gold 1/8″ ribbon around the focal piece which is backed in Basic Black Cardstock.

This card was my technique card swap and contest entry for a demonstrator gathering. I'm excited to say that my card was the technique card contest winner!

This card was so fun to create and I hope you enjoyed learning about how we did it. Please leave a comment below if you have a question or comment. I’d love to know what you think. Also, I challenge you to go play and make your own!

Happy Stamping!!!

Melissa 🙂


I can be found on Pinterest at Melissa’s Crafting Treehouse plus I have a YouTube Channel as well. Please consider following me if you like what you see.

To purchase the products I’ve shown you today, you can click on any item in the supply list below and it will take you to my online store.

If your order is less than $150 please use the following hostess code:  MJ3J34Q3  I would appreciate it very much!

Do NOT use the hostess code if your order is $150 or more. If that is the case, you get to be your own hostess and get hostess benefits!


Do you want to learn more about the Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique?!

Get your very own comprehensive Tutorial for the Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique plus more!

  • Click HERE to subscribe to my newsletter and get the Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique Tutorial for FREE!
  • Click HERE to see a more recent blog post with one of my favorite Tarnished Foil Projects. Plus you’ll find a video tutorial there too.
  • Learn more about my Classes-To-Go and my Impressions of Tarnished Foil Online Classes, by clicking HERE.

Product List:

About Me Page

I am a seeker of that crazy, excited feeling that comes when you've created something that’s unique, beautiful and expresses who you are in some small way. It’s like making a new discovery, when you find a unique combination of color, layout, dimension and texture. I call it a creative spark and it makes me giddy! Through sharing and teaching I hope to help others find this amazing feeling of creative bliss!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts

April 2024 Color Challenge & Blog Hop

April 1, 2024
Posted in ,
Today's project features the Spotlight On Nature bundle. This project was created for the April 2024 Color Challenge and Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and April 2024 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Stacy Marsh’s blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers Design team! […]

See the 2024 – 2026 In Colors and Delicate Forest Set!

March 23, 2024
Posted in ,
Check out the 2024 - 2026 In Colors and these gorgeous, simple cards made with the Delicate Forest Stamp Set!

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing the 2024 – 2026 In Colors and some simple, gorgeous cards made with the Delicate Forest Stamp Set! These projects were shared in my recent YouTube live as part of my 21st Anniversary festivities. Make sure to check out the “More Going On Now” Section later in this post […]

March 2024 Color Challenge & Color Fusers Blog Hop

March 4, 2024
Posted in ,,
The March 2024 Color Challenge & Blog Hop is live. My project features the Everyday Details Bundle including beautiful, line drawn images.

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and March 2024 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Brenda Nelson’s blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers Design team! The […]

Cards with the Thoughtful Expressions Bundle

February 23, 2024
Posted in ,
The cards in today's post feature the Thoughtful Expressions Bundle and a gorgeous color scheme including four of the 2022-2024 InColors.

The cards in today’s post feature the Thoughtful Expressions Bundle and a gorgeous color scheme including four of the 2022-2024 InColors. The Thoughtful Expressions Bundle is a new item in the January to April mini-catalog. This project highlights my favorite image in the set which is this lovely hummingbird. These cards also feature four of […]

Make these stunning cards with embossing paste!

February 9, 2024
Posted in ,,
Learn how to create some beautiful, striking cards with Shimmery White Embossing Paste and the Foursquare Decorative Masks.

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing some gorgeous cards that use Shimmery White Embossing Paste. These cards are variations of my February 2024 Color Challenge project. I just had to keep playing with Shimmery White Embossing Paste and this scrumptious color scheme including three of the 2022 – 2024 InColors. These colors will be retiring […]

February 2024 Color Challenge & Color Fusers Blog Hop

February 5, 2024
Posted in ,
The February 2024 Color Challenge features a gorgeous color combination! My project was made with masks and Shimmery White Embossing Paste.

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and February 2024 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Kim McGillis‘s blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers Design team! The […]

Make this Easy DIY Valentine Treat Wrapper!

January 26, 2024
Posted in ,
Learn how to make this quick and easy DIY Valentine Treat Wrapper! They're made with Sale-A-Bration products that you can get for FREE!

Check out this quick and easy DIY Valentine Treat Wrapper! Get the products I used to make this project for Free during Sale-A-Bration! The DIY Valentine Treat Wrapper you see below is just one of several versions of my design! I’ve had so much fun making these and giving them to crafty friends. I’ve saved […]

Simple Cardmaking with Embossing Folders

January 13, 2024
Posted in ,
Cardmaking with embossing folders is an easy way to add texture & dimension in one quick step! It can add interest to designer papers too!

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing one of my favorite things, cardmaking with embossing folders. Cardmaking with embossing folders offers a super easy way to add texture and dimension in one quick step! Plus, it’s a great way to add interest to designer papers too! In this post, you’ll see two cards made with some […]

January 2024 Color Challenge & Color Fusers Blog Hop

January 1, 2024
Posted in ,
The January 2024 Color Challenge & Blog Hop features a bright & cheery color combination! My project features the Botanical Beauty Stamp Set.

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and January 2024 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Brenda Nelson’s blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers Design team! The […]

Simple Christmas Card with Watercoloring

December 9, 2023
Posted in ,,
simple christmas card with watercoloring

Today’s post features a stunning and simple Christmas Card with watercoloring, that anyone can make! I’ve included photos in this post of three versions of my card simple Christmas Card with watercoloring. This first photo is the simplest of the three. For these cards, I’ve used various circular objects to stamp the outlines of my […]

December 2023 Color Challenge & Blog Hop

December 4, 2023
Posted in ,
December 2023 Color Challenge

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and December 2023 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Kim McGillis’s blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers Design team! The […]

Learn how to make this new fun fold card!

December 2, 2023
Posted in ,
Check out this NEW fun fold card layout that's so easy to make! These cards are made with the A Walk in the Forest designer paper!

I’ve been paper crafting for over 20 years so it’s a real treat to discover a new fun fold card layout! Just when you thought you’d seen everything yet another new idea appears. This is one of the things that has kept me excited about card-making for so many years! Plus, if you know me, […]