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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Gilding Flakes & Acetate - Wednesday 28th August

Good morning friends!

I hope you all had a super sunny weekend: I know it already seems ages ago, but it was back to work yesterday and I missed posting! We had gorgeous weather here - six of us went to Westonbirt Arboretun Sunday for the annual Tree Fest show and to have a picnic and it was just such a wonderful day. There is always a lot there - wood sculpting, crafts, falconry - we visited the show, walked in the woods and had a super picnic, I'll post some photos of the crafts people tomorrow when they are sorted out on my Mac!

Today as promised is a short tutorial on using the gilding flakes with acetate and double sided adhesive sheets

 For this technique I used black stazon ink, the Indigo Blu bare trees 1 stamp, lancashire rose gilding flakes, double-sided adhesive (Creative Expressions) and stamp-able acetate. The  baby powder is just something I like to rub on my hands when using flakes as it goes some way to stopping so many of them sticking. There are other ways to do this, but this is a simple and effective way...
 First of all stamp the image on the rough side of the acetate, then set aside a few minutes being careful not to touch the wet ink
Peel away one side from the adhesive sheet and stick your stamped image to it, stamped side facing down.
Coat the sheet with the gilding flakes, making sure that you have a complete coating and remove excess, then smooth across and press down lightly with the palm of your hand
Using the scoochie wipe away all the excel flakes (which can be returned to the container for using again), until you have a smooth surface as in the second photo below.

Turn over and you will reveal your sunlit forest!
This is the card I made with this just don't do the effect justice, you really need to give it a go!

 I made the background by colouring some card with Vintage Photo and Wild Honey distress inks, laying a mask on top and embossing it through my Grand Calibur. Then I sanded it back, which took the ink away from the debossed areas. Finally I inked the white areas with bundled sage. To finish I stamped the large leaves from the Indigo Blu Roccocco set using Vintage Photo on some of the left over inked card and added a little bronze mica powder, which I heat set. The little leaves were die cut.

Thanks for stopping by!
Love and hugs,
Carole X


  1. This is gorgeous Carole, so autumnal. Only problem is it reminds me that autumn is on the way - but this year we can't complain about a bad summer! Thanks for your explicit tutorial. Christine xx

  2. Wow Carole, the card is gorgeous, love the way it looks like the sun is striking through the trees. Great tutorial too, very clear and well photographed. Hugs, Anne x

  3. Hello Carole,
    This is my first comment on your blog, have been looking for a while. Great card, I love gilding flakes they make such a statement on a card. Your tutorial is excellent.

    1. Thanks Lydia -and thanks for visiting and commenting X

  4. Hi Carole,
    firstly thank your for the great tutorial. I must get myself some of these lovely gilding flakes, and that lovely stamp, or something similar.
    I live this card it's so fabulous. great embossing folder used to make this wonderful autumnal card.
    Thank you for always following my work on my blog.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. Good evening Carol, thank you for your(Hugs)feeling so much better. Wrist still painful causing me more bother than the UTI.......!!
    Another stunning card, great Tutorial. I have just sent for the Elizabeth Bennett Stamp. I have not ventured to the Gilding Flakes as yet but I am tempted.
    Had a look back at what I have missed and I really like everything you have done.
    Happy Crafting

    Patricia xxx

    1. Thanks Patricia, glad you are on the mend! You will love that stamp - I have been creating a stamped bag using it today as a present for my Jane Austen loving American cousin, but I can't show it for a few weeks yet! X

  6. I just love this technique and used it a lot last Christmas...a stunning card Carole


  7. Just beautiful Carole. Love the effect that these flakes give. Great tutorial too!x