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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 similar effect in the card making world for your favourite biker is actually not too difficult. All you need is lots of silver embossing powder and a heat tool, oh and a rubber stamp with a suitably impressive image on it, and some cardstock. I used Whisper White but there is nothing wrong with starting with another colour such as black or even a sparkly silver, 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 some pretty cute racing cars, quad bikes, planes etc 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 though I have seen a couple of cute scooters.
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.
If you do not get a complete image the first time you stamp into the hot embossing powder, simply re-heat it and the first image will melt back into the molten pool so that you can have another go. Be sure to stamp while the melted embossing powder is still hot and liquid. Be as quick as you can! The melted embossing powder pools and hardens quickly once you take the heat gun away.
Another tip is to be sure you leave your stamp in the melted embossing powder pool till it completely cools and hardens. This will not hurt your stamp.
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.
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