Mica is just one of those weird craft items that you just cannot possibly explain so that others understand... "it's layered rock that you can cut with scissors and stamp on that peels in sheets..." Oh brother! It's better that I show you. For this card, I took a "tile" of Mica and stamped a Tim Holtz Eiffel Tower image on it with StazOn ink. The beauty of Mica is that it's flat and super easy to work with, but at the same time it's grainy and sometimes veiny (being that it's a rock) which adds quite a bit of texture to whatever you're adding it to without adding the bulk. My favorite feature of Mica is that it looks so much like the old-time antique film that it's my number one go-to for anything I want to make look filmy or antiquey. So is anyone else tired of me creating new words by adding the letter "y"? HAHAHAHAHA! Ok, I'm done. On to the rest of the "how-to's"... I'm on a roll!
I made the paper underneath the Mica using alcohol inks. The rest of the papers came from a paper stack by S.E.I. called Moravia. I really need to get me 5 or 6 more pads of this GORGEOUS 12 X 12 paper. I just love all the prints and solids it has in it. And I love anything that is already color coordinated for me... saves precious crafting time! The ribbon came from a dollar store and was originally a wired ribbon with some pretty outrageous gold foil on either side of the tulle ribbon. But the tulle was so pretty with the copper and brown leaves, that I KNEW it would be amazingly beautiful once the gold foil was removed. I think I was right. I used my brand new We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper to round the corners of the "photo" mat and used a Martha Steward edge punch with a lace design for the side. This card just turned out so beautifully... I'm going to have a hard time sending this one out. Oh! I almost forgot, the stamp "Merci!" came from a Stampin Up stamp set called Paris in the Spring. Here's a pic I took while I was making this card. I hope it helps... you can see how I made the alcohol ink-treated paper. It started out as just plain white card stock. Click on the pic to enlarge.