Gold is especially an eye-catching color or an element to be more accurate. Gold seems to capture two things at once– a hue (yellow, rose, white) and an effect (reflective, shimmer, metallic). Something inside of us is continually drawn to the lively tension gold creates. In this blog, Mischelle Smith saturates a card with gold and contrasts with black with a Valentine’s Day card that is certainly elegant. Renee Zarate uses gold with a deep red that causes a different kind of saturation. In her gift bag project, the eye is overwhelmed with color creating a rich effect that also demands your attention.
Mischelle started by diecutting a heart and frame for the sentiment. She then embossed over the surface of both pieces using a brayer with VersaMark ink and Imagine’s Gold Embossing Powder. Since the embossed surface is nonporous, Mischelle stamped the heart with Jet Black StazOn ink. StazOn is a solvent ink and is compatible with most nonporous surfaces (perfect for this technique). Mischelle then finished composing the layout with the additional pieces of polka dot cardstock, glitter paper, black ribbon, and embellishments. The end result is an elegant saturation of gold with contrasting black details — an eye-catching take on a Valentine’s Day card.
- Watercolor paper
- The Paper Studio – Glitter Paper
- Close To My Heart – Hello Wonderful, Heart Thin Cuts, Rhinestones
- Acrylic Blocks
- Stamp Cleaner Pad
- Heat Tool
- Diecut machine
- Paper trimmer
Renee explains, “I am a big fan of gift bags. It only takes a few minutes to personalize a gift bag and several could be made up in advance and kept on hand for emergencies.” Taking time to make a matching bag to a gift surely puts the thought of giving to the next level. This project involves using Versamark ink and Gold Embossing Powder to emboss the bag and Delicata to detail the tissue paper. Create a centerpiece with a large heart and sentiment, then choose a medium size heart for the bag border and finish with a small heart for the tissue paper. The beauty of the Delicata Gold ink is that it does not have to be embossed to pop out on a project.
- Paper gift bag
- White tissue paper
- Heat tool
- Craft mat
- Dina Wakley Media Heart Stamp
- Inkadinkado Stamp