It doesn't really matter because it's not my competition entry anyway. It's just an adaptation of a previous entry into the colours of this new contest (which required the removal of some dividing lines because of the limited palette).
Lovely story Sef - how can we go past this? Just need some way to get the voters to actually read it... I think it would be great to forego the discription in the short note and to start the story there, so that voters can be tempted to click through and read the rest.
Hi Kelley, Spoonflower doesn't actually print with metallic inks. The best we can do around here is to fake it with colour effects. So silver would involve shades of grey (like chrome) with a hint of yellow and gold would run from pale yellow to dark brown.
So beautiful! Anyone looking at this really needs to see it in the Zoom view to see the real intricacy and interplay of scale within the design - Spoonflower's compression software really sucks the intricacy out of it - or perhaps I should say 'blurs' as a more accurate description...