For Christmas this year I was given some gilding flakes. I’ve not used them before so it has been a bit of a learning curve. The first efforts didn’t work too well because I think I was being a bit stingy with the glue. This meant the stamps got stuck to the paper and sometimes there wasn’t enough glue to hold the flakes on at all.
This is my second go and it went a lot more smoothly this time. I stamped the cherry blossom, butterflies and sentiment in glue. (The glue doesn’t dry as such, it just gets really sticky and stays sticky for a long time). Place flakes into glue and press and rub firmly with fingers so the flakes make good contact with the glue. Rub gently with a “scoochie” (spongy scrubber). This takes all the bits of flakes not in contact with glue away from the card. You need a tub of water on hand to put the stamps in as you’re doing this or the glue gets stuck onto the stamps. It comes off very easily when wet, not so easily when left to dry. Then you have to use a special stamp cleaner to get it off. It’s much easier to put them in water as you go.
You can barely see it in the picture but there was some ink blending on the card and the blossoms were tinted with water colour paints.
The frame is made from a corner die that was free with a magazine. It was cut four times, one in each corner and the waste in the middle snipped out with scissors.
When I assembled the card I wanted the sentiment to stand out a bit more so I cut another shape the next size up and went around the edges with the glue. There were lots of tiny bits of flake left in my tub so I picked them up with the glued card and pressed them down. (It’s a good way to use all the dusty little bits up).
Hope all the mums out there had a really good day. Till next time have fun x
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