Let’s Color! Merry Metallics

CardMaker - - Contents - By Col leen Schaan

En­joy craft­ing hol­i­day greet­ing cards that shim­mer and shine! Colleen Schaan shows you how with metal­lic spray inks.

One of my fa­vorite things about this time of year is that nearly ev­ery­thing takes on a hol­i­day shine. From pack­ages wrapped with pa­per and bows to bulbs and or­na­ments hang­ing from my tree, the hol­i­day sea­son isn’t com­plete un­less I’ve given mine a sparkly metal­lic sheen. For this ar­ti­cle, I’ll demon­strate how I’ve paired two of my fa­vorite metal­lic prod­ucts to give my hol­i­day cards fes­tive shim­mer and shine.


White card­stock Back­ground stamp Imagine Ver­saMark wa­ter­mark ink pad Metal­lic spray ink White em­boss­ing pow­der Em­boss­ing heat tool Pa­per towel

Metal­lic Spray Inks

Spray inks are one of the eas­i­est ways to add color to any project. There are a num­ber of types of spray ink, and while not all of them con­tain re­flec­tive or shim­mery prop­er­ties, many of them do. Pick one or two of your fa­vorite col­ors to cre­ate a lovely metal­lic back­ground.

Step 1: Ink back­ground stamp with wa­ter­mark ink and stamp onto white card­stock.

Step 2: Im­me­di­ately pour white em­boss­ing pow­der onto stamped card­stock cov­er­ing en­tire sur­face. Pour ex­cess pow­der back into the orig­i­nal con­tainer. Use em­boss­ing heat tool to heat-set pow­der.

Step 3: Spray one or two col­ors of metal­lic spay ink onto sur­face of em­bossed card­stock. Let ink pool and blend as de­sired. Let dry com­pletely (Photo 1).

Step 4: Wipe ex­cess ink from sur­face of em­bossed ar­eas with a pa­per towel (Photo 2).

Metal­lic Pens

When I want a rich, re­flec­tive color for sen­ti­ments but don’t have the right ink, I reach for my metal­lic pens. Metal­lic pens come in a va­ri­ety of styles, col­ors and sizes, which makes this easy tech­nique one of my fa­vorites!

Step 1: Ink sen­ti­ment stamp with wa­ter­mark ink and stamp onto white card­stock.

Step 2: Us­ing a metal­lic pen, trace inked sen­ti­ment (Photo 3). •


White card­stock Sen­ti­ment stamp Imagine Ver­saMark wa­ter­mark ink pad Metal­lic pen

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