Monday, September 5, 2011

Less Is More: Metallic

I usually try to get to the Saturday Less Is More challenge on...Saturday!!  But it's been a busy and fun weekend.  I spent a few days at our mountain place with my youngest, Erik.  Mostly I just sat and watched him at various skateboard parks - but given it was 20 degrees cooler and I had a good audible book on my iPod - it was totally relaxing.

My oldest, Andrew, and my husband had to stay down here because Andrew is in driving school to get his license.  It's NOT a great time in my life.  But...Erik and I came down from the mountains early Sunday because Andrew and I had tickets to Les Miserables at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.  Andrew played in the pit band for his high school musical and loved the experience.  His beloved sax teacher told him about other musicals he should see so we have now crossed one off the list.  We had a wonderful time - even my rather moody teenager declared it "amazing".

On to the Less Is More challenge....

"Metallic" reminded me of embossing paste/dimensional paint that I have had in my closet for at least five years.  I made one card a long time ago and loved it.  I don't know why I tucked it away and forgot about it after that.  Actually...I do know...too many new toys and new tools and new techniques to try!!

I have embossing paste/dimensional paint from Heritage Handcrafts and from Dreamweaver.  For this card, I used Heritage Handcrafts Copper.  The paint is a perfect way to get use of of those brass embossing stencils that so many of us packed away with the introduction of the Cuttlebug!  This one is from Dreamweaver.

First, use removable tape to adhere the stencil to the paper.  Then "frost" the stencil with the paint.

Then I used my little squeegie to remove the excess paint.

I peeled up the tape and stencil and carefully added a little glitter on one side of each leaf.  Since the paint is wet, I didn't try to remove the excess yet.  

It takes half an hour to dry, then I tapped off the glitter.

It really is as easy as it seems!  As I was waiting for it to dry I checked out the Less Is More gallery for this challenge and I see that I'm not the only one who used embossing paste.  Check out #68 for a beautiful nighttime tree scene with glitter on top of the paste!

You also have to check out #75 too - last week I send a blog award to Lisa A. because I love her work and this card is a perfect example of her clean style.

Of course, I don't know why I single anybody out - this is such a fun gallery to browse - so many different ideas and all in a CAS style!

  • Stamps: Sentiment from Verve's Bountiful Harvest
  • Paper: Papertrey Vintage Cream, Stampin' Up Cajun Craze
  • Ink: Papertrey Dark Chocolate
  • Accessories: Dreamweaver embossing stencil, Heritage Handcrafts Dimensional paint, Stampin' Up border punch, misc. glitter


  1. Your card is amazing too Kim. Perfect CaS and beautiful in copper.
    Lynne xxx

  2. I haven't used the embossing paste but it sure makes beautiful leaves! Les Miserables is my all time favorite musical. We were able to see it in Raleigh several years ago and it was a most awesome experience! Glad you and your family were able to see it.

  3. this is something I've never tried, the copper colour is perfect for leaves. Beautiful. xx

  4. Never heard of that stuff but it's awesome! This is gorgeous and I love the touch of glitter.

    Glad you guys enjoyed Les Mis - it's a favourite of mine. :)

  5. Love this effect have never tried it but will in the future x

  6. I love Les Mis Kim, I've seen it in London about three times and locally with a West End cast twice. It's such a wonderful musical.We listened to it in the car driving through France and Spain this summer too!
    But enough of this and on to craft!
    Your card is fabulous I don't think I have any metallic embossing paste and haven't been that successful at the process, maybe I should try again!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  7. Fabulous card - I forgot about my embossing paste for this challenge! Pity I don't have time for snother entry. xxx

  8. Brilliant card Kim. Thank you for posting the technique I've wonderf how that was done in the past. Your leaves with the splash of glitter are beautiful. TFS

  9. This is so pretty, Kim! I love that dimension that the metallic paste/ paint adds to this card. Just beautiful! :)

  10. Wow! This is so beautiful, Kim! Thanks for sharing the technique ... but I don't have any of this embossing paste to try it out! :( I love the clean layout. You have such a gift with these LIM challenges! I am hopeless at doing them! Hugs xxaxx

  11. What a stunning card - love rich copper colour and texture on the leaves.

    Thanks also for the tutorial - I think I must give this technique a go - looks wonderfully messy :)

  12. Absolutely STUNNING - love the added glitter in the paste. I've not been successful with it when I've tried it, but your clear pictures help show where I've gone wrong so I may give it another go... TFS!

  13. Oooooh ... I love those leaves! So pretty! I've never used embossing paste, but this makes me want to give it a try.
    I love Les Mis, too! Our high school did the school version of it a few years ago, and my son was lucky enough to get the part of Jean Val Jean. I had never known anything about the musical until then, and I fell in love with it. The music is so beautiful and moving!

  14. Thsoe leaves look fantastic Kim
    We adore Les Mis, seen it in Lomdon, Southampton and we re lucky enough for the cast to come to Osborne House the other summer for a concert of the songs..truly incredible.

    Thank you
    "Less is More"

  15. What a pretty card, Kim!! Love the beautiful leaves, and thanks for sharing how you did it...will have to look into this paint/paste...lovely results!! LOVE copper, too!! What a cool mom you are to spend such great time with your son...way to go:)!!

  16. Sensational. I like the idea and execution.

  17. Hey Kim this is just FAB! The copper paste looks so good for the leaves and love the splash of glitter too :)
    I need to re-visit my paste too :)
    Jenny x

  18. Your leaves are beautiful. i've never tried this so thanks for showing how it's done. The copper is lovely. x

  19. This is a lovely use of embossing paste. I have some in my stash that has never had an airing as well.

  20. This is gorgeous, Kim. I'm not familiar with embossing paste, but those beautiful leaves make me want to check it out! :) Ann


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