How To Mix Metallics on a Handmade Card

How To Mix Metallics on a Handmade Card

Mae West said "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful" and I totally agree!  Design Team Member Kate here today with a card that shows you that you CAN mix all different kinds of metallic cardstock (and have it look "wonderful").

As a cardmaker, I sometimes worry that my cards are "too much".  I try to always create a balance in size, texture and shimmer. 12x12 Cardstock Shop has so many great specialty papers, including lots of metallic foil cardstock which I am especially drawn to. 

handmade graduation card featuring foil cardstock

Here's a few tips for mixing and matching metallics on a handmade card

how to use foil cardstock on a handmade card

1. Mix Shiny and Matte Foil Cardstock

I find that if I use a mix of shiny and matte foils, I get the best results. And I like to add it glitter too which is also a metallic, but has a totally different texture and feel.
handmade graduation card with foil cardstock

2. Use a Neutral Background

I also find that it's best to ground all the shine with a neutral (like I did with the black background).  

For this handmade graduation card I used the black foil for the light bulb wire and the red foil for the grad cap.  The matte gold is for the bottom of the light bulb and a little piece of red glitter cardstock is for the tassel.  The light bulb itself is cut from the Mirri Silver Sparkle cardstock.



12x12 cardstock shop design team

1 comment

  • Cindy

    What glue/adhesive is best for sticking all the different surfaces together—and staying adhered?

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