Aug 11, 2017

Gilding Flakes, A Beautiful Mess!

Gilding flakes have been around for awhile but seem to have become very popular again.  I have never tried them before - until now.  A couple of card making friends and I get together about once a month to make cards and try out each others new supplies.  Last weekend we tried gilding flakes.  The end result was really nice, but they do make a MESS!  They go EVERYWHERE.  We tried the tips and tricks that Jennifer McGuire suggested in her recent video to help contain the mess.  These are very important and did help.  But they are still messy.  They seem lighter than air and just floated around everywhere.  I did enjoy trying them out - but only because it wasn't at my house.  I do like the shiny result which is unlike embossing or metallic paper and you can stamp with them, use them with double sided adhesive tape, or many other things.  Just be ready to see little bits of shiny metallic flakes all over.  Thanks so much Jan for buying them - the Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn color choice was perfect.  It is a combination of golds, silvers, reds a bit of greens, just beautiful.  But more importantly thank you for letting us play with these at YOUR house!

So, do you want to see some cards?

For my first card we stamped a solid tree with versamark, added Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, heat set and then added the gilding flakes.

I diecut a window )My Favorite Things Peek a Boo Window die) from some Simon Says Stamp Kona Coffee cardstock - this is a really nice dark brown cardstock with bits of texture - it almost looks like handmade paper.  I also diecut the window from the front of my card so I could layer them together.  And I added a tiny thanks (Impression Obsession Thanks So Much on a Line die) from a strip of cardstock that was also gilded.

The card opens to show the paper on which the tree was stamped.

For my second card I did something very different. I had stamped several solid oak leaves and acorns with versamark, but forgot to use my powder bag.  I ended up with small bits of the gilding stuck all over.  I still wanted to use the piece, so I scraped off the extra bits and then covered it with vellum (using stick it double sided sheets).  It gave this really cool effect where you can see all the different colors from the gilding flakes but not the shine.

I used a very shiny metallic orange-copper cardstock for the hello and a double stitched rectangle.  You can see the shine better in this photo.


I added some metallic copper thread (Coats), another layer of vellum (Bazzill), and a piece of patterned paper (Simple Stores Hello Fall).

I really liked the way this card came out.

I made one more card.  Thanks for visiting today and come back tomorrow to see my last and favorite gilding flakes card.

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