The Bad News: Everything that could go wrong on this card did!! GRRRRRR!!!! I haven't ruined so much stuff in one sitting in a LOOOONG time!!
First the card:
I ordered a mold that you place under the metal and use a paper stump to bring out the texture. Well, I saw on the Taco Tuesday Videos that you can run the molds through the Big Shot and do quick embossing. GREAT. Except when I ran my FIRST (notice the number there) sheet through, the depth of the mold caused some of the higher detail lines TO CUT MY METAL (and yes, I DID follow the instructions provided on the video! Except for one possibility. TWO sheets of tissue paper might have been needed in my sandwich). Ok. Fine. I'll just do the thing by hand. Get SECOND piece of metal and lay it over the mold and start rubbing the details in, doing some detailing as I go along. GRRRRR!! Almost done with the whole pattern when it dawned on me that I'm working ON THE WRONG SIDE IF I WANT MY IMAGE EMBOSSED not DEBOSSED. Consider trying to erase the thing but decide that I just need to get the stupid thing done. Get THIRD piece of metal and finally get most of the details rubbed into the metal. Go to refine the details and screwed up (I'll spare you the agony of reading that). Finally, get to the place where I just don't care anymore and use a sanding block to rub off the colored finish on the metal to highlight the raised portion. Ruined my blade on my personal trimmer cutting the metal somewhat square (important detail later) as I could not cut a straight line to save my life with my puny little Xacto knife (yes, I will be ordering a heavy duty cutting mat and knife shortly).
Moved on to the inside of the card. Borrowed the Sizzix/SU die Look Here! from my wonderful friend Kerney (waving!) and cut the image from textured black cardstock. Ran some of the scrap metal over the arrow portions so that I could emboss them to match the front of card. Luckily, I was using scraps as I had to re cut the bottom arrow TWICE since I needed the mirror image so that the metal would show on the FRONT of the arrow vs the back (didn't consider the pop up factor).