Monday, September 7, 2015

In Focus with Gayatri Murali No. 5 | Style #1

Hello and welcome to the new In Focus tutorial for the month of September.


Keeping with this month’s theme of metallic, I am focusing on the GOLD trend.


Gold has been trendy since last year. I love adding gold into my projects. So I will be sharing two different ways to add gold colour into your projects.

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In this tutorial, I will focus on gold on larger scale by heat embossing as the background of my card.

Here is my finished card.

Merry Christmas card1

Here is how I made it.


Gold trend photo tutorial


I started with a white card panel trimmed to size of the card front. Then I stamped the pine needles image from Winter Woodland stamp set all over the panel with versamark and heat embossed using gold embossing powder. Embossing added texture and the gold brought shine. Instantly the gold embossed images against the white background brought the rich festive look.

For the focal point, I white heat embossed the cross section of the wood from Winter Woodland stamp set on vellum. Silver heat embossed the reindeer also from Winter Woodland stamp set on a scrap piece of white cardstock. I them cut the reindeer out by hand. I adhered the reindeer on the vellum panel using foam adhesives. Now there is too much of white and metallic in the form of gold and silver. To bring in colour, I stamped the sentiment again from Winter Woodland in red and clear embossed on a strip of white cardstock. Trimmed the strip and cut fishtail ends. Adhered to the centre of the reindeer using foam adhesives. The reindeer and the sentiment strip are perfect to hide foam adhesives to adhere the vellum on the card panel.

Finally, adhered the card panel on a red card base and embellished with Pretty Pink Posh’s Traditional Christmas sequins. This entire card is made using images from just Winter Woodland stamp set. This set is awesome because it has so many Christmas images and sentiments. Here is a closeup shot of the focal point.

Merry Christmas closeup

How classy is the metallic gold embossing on the background? The tip is, if you are using gold on a larger scale such as for the background and heat embossing, pick a detailed image. Not a solid image. Big chunks of gold on the background does not give you the classy look.

Yes, I have started making Christmas cards. I needed to get organised early. Hope I have inspired you to start making Christmas card! Thanks for stopping by today. I will see you in couple of weeks with another tutorial using the GOLD trend.


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  1. Gayatri I can't tell you how much I want this stamp set... are you telling me it's back in stock? I'm running over... but not before I tell you I LOve your card, the gold background is stunning, and I can never resist a slip of vellum!!! Gorgeous, top to bottom!
    =] Michele

  2. Love this card Gayatri!! Beautiful christmas card!!
    Moxie Craftie

  3. Oh WOW!! This is so lovely!! I like the gold background and then with the vellum overlay that you decorate? Stunning!!

  4. Really beautiful, love the gold embossing!

  5. GLORIOUS GOLDEN card and ELEGANT trend Gayatri!!!
    LOVE your gold background and the BEAUTIFUL white embossing on the vellum!!!

  6. Love this! Classy and elegant details and a wonderful theme!

  7. Beautiful and elegant card! Love the details and of course the deer (always a favorite). Thank you for sharing!

  8. Stunning and lovely and just so well done and the touches of gold on this card make it glitzy and awesome!!!

  9. Amazing card Gayatri! This is one of my favorite W&W stamp sets. Can't wait to see your Christmas card collections, they are always beautiful and inspiring.


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