After gold was discovered in California in 1848, thousands of people (the 49-ers) rushed to the area to find their fortunes. Most of the 49-ers traveled across the United States in wagons, on foot, or on horses. The population in many areas increased tremendously, as did commerce. That led to the need for better transportation to and from California. Thus, the First Transcontinental Railroad was built.
I used gold paper that was embossed with the Arrows Embossing Folder on an Early Espresso card base. I stamped the train image on the gold card stock, as well, and layered it on a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. Do you see the gold patterns on the Vanilla CS? Images from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set were stamped in VersaMark and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. I love the way it turned out! The banner was layered over a strip of Burlap Ribbon. The threads on one edge of the ribbon were unraveled and used for the strings that were wrapped around the banner. What do you think about it?
Have a wonderful day! Terry