I’ll admit that I was wary of ordering Stampin’ Up!’s Brushed Gold card stock the first time. Would it be too much? Too loud, too brassy, too Liberace?
I was not disappointed — it is a shimmery, frosty gold. Just beautiful. It’s a bit expensive, but a stunning touch in small doses, as with two other metallics on this card: Gold Elastic Cord and Gold Encore ink. The ink, according to Stampin’ Up!, “dries faster than most pigment ink but still slower than dye-based ink.’ For this reason, we heat embossed the stamped leaf images with clear embossing powder to set the ink.
The bow-tied cord, slipped into the taffeta knot before tightening, is a technique I use a lot, especially on holiday cards.
Stamp: Autumn Splendor (Holiday Mini p. 12)
Ink: Encore Gold, VersaMark
Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold (p. 159)
Other: Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Clear), Elastic Cord (Gold – Holiday Mini p. 27), Taffeta Ribbon (Very Vanilla), Mat Pack and Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals