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Make a motorcycle card using the faux metal technique.
"The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome"
A motorcycle card needs to be shiny, right? Like the quote says, the chrome on a well-looked-after machine gleams. It's one of the things that makes me stare.
Polish up that chrome, I say.
Getting a metallic effect in the card making world for your favourite biker is actually not too difficult.
I used Basic White but there is nothing wrong with starting with another colour such as Basic Black or even a sparkly silver or another colour, as long as the cardstock will take many layers of embossing powder.
love that Stampin' Up! gave us such a great rubber stamp to play with in
the Australian 2011 Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue. Too bad it was retired
in the next catalogue though there are usually some metallic images, in the new catalogue. Stampin' Up! usually features a vehicle of some sort in their stamp set range each season. You may not always find a motorbike but I have seen a couple of cute scooters and even robots.
Making your greeting card machine shine is simply a matter of laying down enough layers of embossing powder to make a pool for your rubber stamp to chisel an image into while it is still hot.
Here are some faux metal hearts and other images if you want to see other examples of the technique described on this page.
The only problem I had with getting this nice silver image was that the stamp was large-ish and it required a couple of goes for me to get a complete and satisfactory bike.
I did wind up adding quite a few more layers of embossing powder layers to my cardstock before I was happy with the molten pool I could make to take the stamp.
Here's a video I made showing you how to make a faux metal element:
NOTE: This technique will not harm rubber or acrylic stamps. Acrylic stamps are often not as deeply etched as a rubber stamp or vice versa, but the technique still works.
If you make a faux metal card with a large-ish stamp, I would love to see your work. Maybe you already have the motorcycle card stamp and can do better than I did! Do share :)
Do you make greeting cards? Please do share it with me.
You could use the faux metal technique for making medals, making faux wax impressions on envelopes, or in using any image that might be made of metal in real life, such as a lipstick case or a piece of jewelry.
Think outside the square though. I have seen beautiful cards with faux metal leaves on them, for example.
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