CAS Mix Up November Challenge - Stay Awesome

It's time for more inspiration from the CAS Mix Up Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer, Arlene.
Our challenge for this month is Oxidized Metal. This is our last Challenge for this year, so I hope you join us!

Here's my card:

Using Oxidized Metal Technique, Die-cutting, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Lightly wet a piece of silver foil paper and dropped navy blue and purple ink from re-inker bottles onto the paper.
2. Dried the surface with a heating tool and covered the surface with clear embossing powder.
3. Heated the surface until the color of the embossing powder changed. Last time I heated it too long, so this time I was very careful. 😉
4. Die-cut a cityscape from white cardstock 3 times and layered the pieces.
5. Die cut a tiny star from a dark blue sequin and glued it to one of the buildings.
6. Die-cut a window from the oxidized foil paper and inlaid it in the white frame panel.
7. Glued the cityscape onto the foil paper.
8. Stamped a sentiment in navy blue and then in purple over that. 
9. Attached the window panel to the card base.

I re-made this card a few times. At first, I thought the grungy city buildings were perfect for the Oxidized Metal look, but die-cutting the detailed pieces (building windows in this case) from oxidized metal paper didn't work well for me. The die-cut building didn't look sharp and some foil parts were stuck inside the die because of the pressure of die-cutting and got peeled off.
I still thought this technique was good for a cityscape, so I switched gears and used the oxidized metal piece for the sky.

I know that nobody likes an air-polluted sky (obstructed by so many buildings), but that's the sky I saw most of my life, so I sometimes miss the scenery. 😉

The challenge is open until November 24th. Looking forward to seeing your card in the gallery!

Stamp: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Whisper White, Silver Foil Paper (Stampin' Up!) 
InkNight of Navy, Elegant Eggplant (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Die-namics City Block, Blueprints 11 (My Favorite Things), Double Pierced Rectangles (Avery Elle), Embossing Powder (Clear - Hero Arts), Sequins (Rhythm N Blues - Craft Medley), Connect Glue (Gina K)


  1. I didn't see it as an air polluted sky, Hideko. I saw it as a night sky with a slight haze obstructing some of the stars. The white buildings make a wonderful contrast and looks clean and crisp. That tiny star is AMAZING! However did you manage such a tiny piece! Awesome, my friend!

  2. I didn't think of an air polluted sky either! I saw it as a winter night sky in beautiful colours! Love the dimension in the city scape - and the tiny star is a gorgeous touch!

  3. It's stunning!! I love the raised city scape and the skyline is terrific!

  4. Hideko, put a tiny wreath in place of the star [not that it isn't gorgeous there], and you'd have me singing a Christmas carol... you know... "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in Holiday style! In the air, there's a feeling of Christmas!" Your sky gave me just that feeling - it is beautiful, and worth every moment of your effort! xx

  5. Stunning metallic night sky for your crisp and clean white die cut stacked buildings, Hideko. The texture from your metallic technique is amazing. I am sure IRL it is even more beautiful. TFS your steps and not giving up on your gorgeous creation, my friend. I noticed your sweet star immediately:-) Love and Hugs..Nancy

  6. Brilliant job with the oxidised metal! I love the colours and it pairs perfectly with that stunning skyline die-cut.

  7. Your oxidized metal sky is AMAZING! Great work with this technique, Hideko. I love the colour variations and the way the white cityscape is such a contrast. STUNNING card, my friend! xx

  8. wonderful effect from the oxidized metal technique Hideko, it looks like a cold rainy night. Gorgeous Card :)

  9. WOW! That night sky looks amazing with the oxidised metal technique, and the white cityscape is such a contrast ..... simply stunning! xx

  10. I see a glorious sky, with a wonderful technique. A stunning card Hideko and so creative and unique x.

  11. Your oxidized metal sky is beautiful. No pollution here. Thanks for sharing your trial and error and all the tips. You just gave me an idea to add some white splatters for snow and a Christmas sentiment for a holiday card! 😉

  12. what a great technique to create your city sky Hideko! Your white cityscape looks wonderful against it with the one star on the tallest building! xx


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