I use mounting tape on most all my layers on most every card I make. I love the dimension. I don't think you can go wrong with it. So, I took my image and printed him on Bella's BEST Paper in White and used gold detail EP to accent his mane, tail and forelock, as well as the tops of his wings. Then, I colored him with my Copics, using my low number BV's and R81 and R83. I used a VERY light coating of Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter in Warm Diamond on some of his body, legs and the curve of his jaw. I fussy cut and mounted him on a piece of cardstock I had covered with foil and run through my Big Shot with a Tim Holtz die, then colored it with alcohol inks in plum and pink. Then I used Rub and Buff gilding wax in Antique Gold to add some gold to the purples and pick up the gold on the image. I mounted that on SU! Elegant Eggplant cardstock and took a gold mirrored piece and mounted it on the Eggplant and made sure only the two sides showed. I think that had I gone the traditional route and matted it with all four sides showing, it would've ceased to be an accent and become a distraction.
Because I can't seem to leave anything alone, it was at THAT point I thought "Hey...I want to use ribbon and pearls! And let's see how much I can complicate that by deciding to use my hot glue gun on a card that's almost finished and I'll have to remake if I screw it up!!!! Great idea, Carmen!! NOT!!"
Meh...it came out alright, I guess. A strip of pink ribbon with dark pink and bronze strings of pears hot glued to it. My OCD caught a little crooked part on the right side so I refuse to look at it any longer or I'll tear it to pieces and remake it and have a nervous breakdown and be drug off into the night with my kids being told "Mommy's just overly tired! She's going to a sleep clinic! Why is she yelling? She's just telling me what to bring her in the good ol' sleep clinic."
Then, several weeks (months) later, I'll come out looking like a zombie from all the Thorazine they pumped into me and I'll find we have a new, 21-year-old 'housekeeper' and I probably won't care because I'll have decided to take up quilting, or something like that.
You know...someone should PAY me for the crazy I come up with on a daily basis!!!