The background, which is the technique from Tim's blog, was done on the vintage license plate paper from Lost and Found. I used Wendy's houndstooth background stamp and Ranger's hazelnut paint dabber.
Metal shows up in two places. First Ten Seconds Studio rock star black metal was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.....a houndstooth design to echo the background stamp. It was then cut with Tim's Hanging Sign die. You'll notice that I trimmed the hanger part to fit this somewhat smaller than standard card. The metal was lightly sanded and then rubbed with archival ink in sepia. Some leftover bits of chain connect the sign to the hanger. The other metal comes from the brads in the four corners....they are actually very glittery, and come from Stampin' Up.
Speaking of SU, I used a punch of theirs that is a very similar shape to the hanging sign to cut the cardstock that the birthday greeting (also from SU) is on.
BTW, the background technique is one of my favorites. Although I used a really nice looking paper to stamp on, what I love about this technique is how it can totally transform the appearance of patterned paper you don't much care for, turning it into something special. Try it.