This started as white layering weight cs that got a stencil and extra thick homemade embossing paste added. Once dry (30 minutes) I dry brushed gold acrylic paint then cut to size. Layered on top a strip of black scrap with happy sentiment heat embossed in white and a strip of clear vellum that has the Silhouette cut sentiment attached. The whole thing was then layered on white cs base. Gem was added to fit challenge.
Tip: My favorite white cs is Accent Opaque Thick Cardstock. I get it in the 80 lb. and 120 lb. The lighter weight cuts beautifully in my Silhouette and the heaver makes gorgeous bases (no cracking at creases). The lighter is about $12 for 250 sheets and the heavy under $20 for 150 sheets. I did get in a small quantity of the Neenah Classic Crest, that everyone raves about, just to compare. I must say I like the slightly heaver Accent Opaque. It is a cleaner white. Plus this way I know my weights match in their whiteness. Not to mention the Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb was 25 sheets for $10, you do the math.