I have been so looking forward to playing with our Gold Gilded Leafing and yesterday was the day I did! Unfortunately, I didn’t order any Heat & Stick Powder because I thought I had some leftover from when we sold it before. Never mind, I knew Gilded Leafing can be used with our Tear & Tape and that’s what I did for today’s card! The effect is stunning! I’m pleased I’d been pre-warned that it could be a bit messy so I took heed and I didn’t find it was too bad.
The first part of today’s card was stamping and die-cutting the two flowers, the leaves and the sentiment. For the flowers I stamped the main stamp using Petal Pink Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock (CS). The first flower I did was a test on some scrap paper so I knew it would work out. I used the next stamp in this two-step stamping flower with Merry Merlot Ink stamped off once. Such a beautiful combo. I stamped the leaves twice using Old Olive Ink and twice using Mossy Meadow Ink. I chose to use the Old Olive leaves because it was a lighter colour and I had decided to use a Merry Merlot CS top layer which is quite dark. Next I was ready to do the gilding! I knew I needed a large container to put the Gilded Leafing into as it is amazingly static!
The most important bit of advice is make sure you don’t sneeze, laugh, cough, had any fan or air-conditioning switched on because any of these actions will make the Gilded Leafing go everywhere. I prepared my workspace with a clean sheet of Grid Paper, had my double-sided tape, a soft brush, a top layer of Merry Merlot CS, a large container and my tub of Gilded Leafing. I positioned my top layer on my Grid Paper and made sure it lined up straight with the grid lines. With the roll of tape in my left hand, I carefully put the end just over the edge of my cardstock. My plan was to make the tape go over the edges so it would adhere the layer in place, i.e. no movement! The first strip went down perfectly.
The second strip was started on the fifth line down, i.e. I left two clear lines from the first line of tape. Once the right-hand side was down, I pulled the tape tight before lining it up with the fifth line on the left-hand side. I continued down to the end of the layer and couldn’t believe the lines worked our perfectly! I cut the ends of the tape to remove the layer from the Grid Paper and turned the sheet over so I was working on a clean sheet again. After removing the backing from all five lines of tape, I very carefully opened the tub. I picked up some leafing and placed it on the exposed tape, rubbing it it in with my fingers. It was easy finding big pieces to use which was great because they covered quite a large area!
I kept going working my way over all the sticky tape and rubbing it in. Needless to say I was scared to breathe; let alone coughing or sneezing! But it was very relaxing and I kept going until I was happy everything was covered. Before I moved on, I closed the tub of Gilded Leafing! Next I spent some time making sure I had rubbed some leafing into all the sticky tape. I took my brush which is a very soft paint brush with a flat head of bristles about half an inch wide! Holding my top layer inside my large container, I very gently brushed off the excess Gilded Leafing. Next I started using my brush at a laid back angle to gently push off the excess and therefore expose the straight lines of the tape. I was so pleased with the result! I’ll certainly be doing this again!
Now I was just left to put my card together! I used Dimensionals for the flowers, leaves and sentiment. Next I adhered my top layer to a middle layer of Petal Pink and onto a Merry Merlot CS card Base. I added a middle layer inside my card but haven’t decorated it. I’m so pleased with how my card has turned out! That’s about it from me today. I’ll be back with you tomorrow and in the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Have a great weekend and happy crafting.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”