I love learning new things in all walks of life, but especially card making. Both this card & the one I'll post in a couple of days show techniques I've never used before but have picked up from watching expert crafters on Create & Craft. This card uses an incredibly simple but effective use of - shoe polish! Of course, this was inspired by Ali Reeve who regularly uses everyday household items to great effect.
I ran a piece of mirri card through my Cuttlebug with one of Ali's masks (Metal Effect), then I used black shoe polish (the type which comes with a sponge applicator attached) and wiped it across the mirri card, wiped off the excess & that was it! I made the backing paper myself using different shades of black & grey Memento inks & free Papermania nuts & bolts stamps. The mini tool brads were from The Works. This was a really easy card to make & I hope my brother-in-law, the intended recipient, likes it.
Finished card size: 15cm square
Base cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus
Mirri card: Create & Craft
Black cardstock: from stash
Nuts & Bolts Stamps: Papermania (free with Docrafts magazine)
Greeting stamp: Free with Simply Cards & Papercraft
Mini tool brads: The Works