Add a Bit of Gold Glam

Hi readers! Happy Sunday! Today we have some fantastically GOLDEN inspiration for you from Lisa Spangler!
Enjoy!!
Hello there! I have some tropical greetings to share with you today that also have my favorite color of the summer: GOLD! I have a feeling I’ll be using gold on my Christmas cards this year too. I also have a nifty trick you can do with stencils. So, read on! :)
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I started out by stamping this flower from the Hero Arts Hello Flowers set with Versamark ink, then heat embossing it in white. Then I broke out my peerless watercolors and went to town!
watercolor-flowers
I first used these last summer while on vacation in Quebec. I just love them to take with me while traveling — they pack up so well! And the colors are so vibrant. LOVE.
Next I stamped a bunch of leaves in lime and field greens and cut them out with the matching die cuts. I am not very patient when it comes to fussy cutting, so I love having matching dies! :)
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Now for my stencil trick! I placed the confetti dot stencil on some white cardstock and misted it with gold, but I didn’t think the design was strong enough to go with the bold flowers. Then it hit me to use the stencil as a stamp!
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I just picked it up carefully and placed it on a piece of cardstock trimmed to 4.25×5.5″. Then I covered it with scratch paper and pressed all over it really well. It doesn’t come out quite as well as a true stamp would, but it gives a nice shimmer.
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Then I decided to use the stencil to emboss it, too! This really makes the dots pop. :)
To do this, just place a piece of felt under the paper and the stencil on top in your sandwich and run it through the machine as you would for a die cut.
sizzix
Next I partially assembled the card, adding a strip of this skinny Amy Tangerine washi tape. Yes, I am still addicted to washi tape. :)
Before I adhered the flowers with pop dots I stamped the message in black.
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Then after the card was assembled I splattered some more gold mist over everything. Because you can never have enough gold!
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Oh and I wanted to add that I added some Hero Arts black decor to the centers of the flowers and here and there on the card. I like how the black really stands out with the vibrant watercoloring, yet doesn’t take anything away from it.
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Thanks so much joining me today, and thanks to Simon Says Stamp for having me! Hope your summer is golden. xo

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  1. I love how you blended the colors and the contrast of the white heat embossing and the bright colors! Your shimmer is really pretty! Thanks for your tutorial today!

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