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 🙂


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