<snip>It looks like it's a foil type sheet and I'm still bamboozled by how it's made. Please share microjivvy! ^_^
Love that you love it.
- THE PAPER: 0.5 mil aluminum foil that started life with a gold dye anodized on one side (available from artist supply stores including dickblick). The anodized side looks like brass/gold, the other side like aluminum. For as thin as it is, the foil can take a lot of abuse without tearing. The gold color is not so robust. Perfect for distressing.
- Acrylic paint, Sharpie Marker
- Copper colored "Perfect Pearls" Embossing Powder... I think I got these from Michael's, but I'm not 100% certain -- I think it's either a scrapbooking or rubber-stamping supply.
- Ball stylus
WHAT I DID:
1. Glued a sheet of the foil (gold side up) on an ATC size card.
2. Created the "3" design in graphics software, printed it at ATC size.
3. Placed the printed design on top of the gold-foil ATC (did NOT glue it) and used a ball stylus to trace/emboss the design onto the foil. Lift off printed version and use ball stylus to touch up foil as needed.
4. Then I just messed around using the sharpie marker and acrylic paint to "color" it as I saw fit. This mostly involved painting acrylic paint on, letting it dry a tidge and then wiping most of it off. This is the stage where the anodized gold starts to disappear. How much of the gold goes away is dependent on how much paint you use, how long you allow it to dry, and how vigorously you remove it.
5. At some point I decided it definitely needed some "rust-like" areas, so I used the Perfect Pearls to add some coppery detail.
That's the semi-formal write up.
In reality it goes something like: "oh, I like that, don't like that, scrape that off, no, put it back, maybe a sharpie would work, hey, don't I have some sparkly stuff, ooh, look at that clump of stuff that just fell off, maybe if I glue it back on and smush it around and..."