Hi there everyone. I was delighted to be asked by Bonnie and Loll to be a Guest Designer for this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge as I was lucky enough to be chosen as Top Pick for the August challenge.
The theme is metal, and there are a few video tutorials for you to look at if you need some inspiration to set you on your way. Here is what I did.
To add to the required elements of Metal and Stamping, I have added Ink Blending, Heat Embossing and Dry Embossing. The technique for the birdcage is called Faux Metal, and I actually followed the video by Jennifer McGuire which is one of those suggested on the challenge blog.
I decided to use a die from The Works and with a piece of white card and Versamark Ink I heat embossed it three times with WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder to build up a nice shiny finish. I then die cut just the top bit again to get a second bird. I cut it away from the rest and managed to get a small piece from the cage to give it a second leg. I then also heat embossed it with the Silver EP. I decided to tuck its tail inside the cage, so I glued it in place ready to add to the card.
I started the background by embossing a piece of 4" square white card using a Sheena Douglass Embossing Folder called Clockwork Daisies. I also tried a new to me technique. I blended two colours of Distress Ink - Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber on to the card, very heavily, making sure to get in all the cracks, blending one colour well into the other. I then brushed over it with Gold Perfect Pearls which gives it a lovely sheen and also helps to give it a more evenly blended look. It is good to finish by rubbing it over with a piece of tissue or paper towel to remove the residue. I added this to a slightly larger piece of white card. I then added this to the white 6" square base card and mounted the birdcage on to it.
Lastly I added a sentiment using the Silver EP on to black card cut into a thin strip, and as you can see I tucked this just under the feet of the birdcage.
Thank you for stopping by today and please do go over and take a look at all the beautiful cards and wonderful inspiration from Bonnie and Loll and the rest of the Design Team. The challenge doesn't close until the 24th of the month so you have lots of time to get a card in too.
I am entering the following challenge:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 336 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc. (I used snippets of white card for the background and layer behind it, and another snippet of white for the birdcage and extra bird, and a black snippet for the sentiment)
Happy Little Stampers October Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies.
Beautiful card Pat! Love your faux metal bird cage and birds. The layers make it seem like it is made from a beautiful piece of silver. So pretty on top of your bright blended background. The texture and design from the dry embossing is so pretty ... and adding the gold perfect pearls gives it a lovely shimmer. Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer this month at CAS Mix Up! xx
Thrilled to have you as our guest designer this month and what a stunning card x. Love the attention to detail with the bird and the layering of the embossing powders truly makes a stunning faux metal look. Love the fabulous background too and the hint of shimmer. One outstanding card Pat x.
What a beautiful 'gilded' cage for the anniversary love birds Pat! Wonderful mix of colors on that pretty embossed background too! So happy to have you as our Guest designer this month! xx
Congratulations on your GD spot, Pat. Your card is amazing. I love how you've created the background and the colours are beautiful. The birdcage looks like it really is made from metal. xx
Wow! This birdcage is fabulous and I love the two birds! And a gorgeous background that I know shimmers beautifully! Thanks so much for joining our team at CAS Mix Up as Guest Designer! We appreciate your sharing your talent with us!
AWESOME! And congratulations on your guest designer spot! Bonnie & Loll know how to pick 'em! This is just beautiful, and the gold perfect pearls adds such a lovely glimmer to the warm colors of the embossed background. The metal birdcage just blows me away....I'll have to check out the videos! TFS & Hugs
Wonderful card Pat, I love your Faux Metal Bird Cage and that you added a second Bird to it. The background is beautiful with such gorgeous colours and the gold shine. Congratulations and thank you for being the CAS Mix Up Guest Designer this month.
your bird cage looks amazing against your embossed background. Beautiful faux metal.
Fabulous job with the faux metal challenge and congrats on being their guest designer Pat.
Many congrats on your GD spot Pat! Your card is beautiful! I love the BG and that 'metal' birdcage looks fabulous!
Wow that silver embossed bird cage just pops against that bright lively background... I could also add gorgeous. This beautiful Pat!
Thanks so much for being our special guest at CAS Mix Up!
I love the theme of this card with the love birds! Such a great idea and a beautiful card with that silver embossing. Congratulations on your guest designer card.
Stunning card with this beautiful birdcage,Pat.Congratulations on your GD spot.
Congratulations on the Guest Designer spot at CAS Mix Up, Pat!
Your triple heat-embossed bird cage and birds are so pretty, shiny, and smooth! And I love the gorgeous embossed background. The ink blending is so beautiful over the embossed surface and the sheen of the gold perfect pearl is so lovely!
Wow..Gorgeous faux metal, heat embossing and dry embossing card design, Pat. I was so happy you were chosen as our Guest Designer this month. Can't wait for more of your metal beauties. Hugs..Nancy
Beautiful card with the faux metal technique and the gorgeous ink blended and embossed background. I like how you addrf the second bird to the birdcage also/
Congratulations on GD and of course the August challenge win! Your faux metal cage is gorgeous! It pops beautifully against the bright background! Love all the shimmer and shine! xx
Congrats on your GD spot Pat, your card is a real beauty, love the colours and the silvery birdcage, Cathy x
lovely card...congrats on your spot.
The blending on your background looks fabulous and the embossing adds another dimension. The bird die looks great. I bought the same one a couple of weeks back but I haven’t used it yet. I think the dies from The Works are great value and some of them are really quite intricate. Your card is beautifully CAS but it has lots of detail. Congratulations on your Guest Design spot Pat, you’ve done them proud x
Wow Pat - what a stunning card! I adore the bird in the cage die and you used it beautifully. Very elegant card. And well done on the GD spot - well deserved!
I've added you into the draw anyhow Pat - I'm OK with a bit of back linking. Do let me know though if you truly do not wish to be included. xx
Love the colours of this beautifully elegant card. Hugs Mrs A.
Beautiful work, Pat. I love the way you've created this wonderful card. Die-cutting the top of the cage a second time to add the second bird was brilliant. Thanks so much for joining us for the HLS October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge.
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