I hope you are all having a good week. Ive had a quite a hectic weekend and managed to get no crafting done at all! So now hopefully over the next couple of days I can be let loose in my craftroom!! Yay!!
I did however manage to paint this gorgeous new stamp I received as a lovely surprise from my sweet friend Camilla on Thursday!! She really did make my day, as my Autumn kit of the new Magnolia stamps were missing in the post and I kept seeing the gorgeous new images all over blogland.
So I immediately inked her up!!! She is called 'Tilda with Snowheart' and you know me and hearts!!! I painted her with Distress Ink Dusty Concorde.
Then on Saturday the gorgeous new Christmas Magnolia papers arrived!!! WOW!!! I love these too.
So finally, last night I managed to finish my card.
Here's a close up of the Poinsettia I made using Doo-Hickey die Poinsettia and then Sprinkling with Twinklets Diamond dust.
I know Ive gone mad with the die cuts again!!LOL . I dont think I could survive a day without my Cuttlebug!
OOOOOooo Its a Halloween Challenge over at MDUC and this week we are sponsered by Stampland where they are offering a $20 voucher!
Like I said before I dont own any Magnolia Halloween stamps and this was the second Halloween Challenge Ive had to do. So at last Ive inked up Super Hero Edwin , but made him into MR Evil!!!
I painted him with Distress Inks on 300gsm Watercolor paper. Colours were Black Soot and Dusty Concord. All papers used are by Magnolia
Well I said I would be back with a Tutorial on Gold Leafing/Gilding. I just love the effect it adds to your cards,especially during the festive season. For years I could never quite get the fine stamps i.e. text stamps to work and had tried everything from glue pads to stamp and bond !!!but nothing worked for me!!!
THIS.............. 'Duo Embellishing Adhesive' by 'USArtquest'
I just love the stuff!!
I went on a day course with Jill from The Stampman last year, as the owner from ArtQuest, Sue Pickering Rothamel was over in the UK and demoing at Woodware. I cant believe this had been under my nose in the shop for years and I had never tried it before!!! Well I finally found something that worked with gilding flakes!!
I used a piece of cut 'n' dry foam and added a few drops of the Duo Adhesive and then inked my stamp up just like you do with any other ink pad.
Stamp onto a piece of cardstock. Ive used black here ,as it showed up better for the pictures.
Remove the stamp and you will see it is cloudy white in colour. This means it is not quite ready for the gold leaf! Wait a couple of minutes for it to dry and if you are impatient like I am, use a heatgun for a couple of seconds. This was quite funny on the day as Sue had a saying ,' When it dries clear it will adhere!!' which made Jill and I chuckle, as I think it was stuck in our heads the rest of the day! (Well it did with me!!! LOL)
Once it had dried clear, cover over with the gilding flakes and used a stiff brush (but not too stiff) and brush away the excess. I found a Dreamweaver stencil brush is great for this.
This is how it should look once finished.
I also tried it on different types of cardstock. It looked particulary good on Kraft too.
Its a Halloween Challenge over At TOMIC today and we want you to create 'Anything BUT a Card!' Also this week we are celebrating Magnolias Birthday.
Ive decorated another gift bag using the gorgeous Graphic 45 papers 'Wizard of Oz'. The Tilda I have used is from the 'So Sweet Collection 2011' , Tilda with small gift (Ive cut off the gift)!!! as I dont actually have ANY halloween Magnolias and added a witches hat using the Graphic 45 papers.
For the Pumpkin I used the Magnolia Flag Dies for the eyes. I saw this done by Jane last year HERE when she made a pumpkin candle holder using the WOJ dies and thought it was a fab idea, so did the same with the New magnolia Dies
Hope you are all enjoying this heatwave we are having in the UK at the moment!! I cant believe it's 1st Oct and it's THIS hot!!! WOW !
Today is the start of a new challenge at MDUC and this week the challenge is White,Pink and Gold. What a perfect excuse for me to do a Christmas card
For the background of Tilda I've used 'Gold Leafing' and a fabulous glue by 'ArtQuest' which is perfect for using with stamps!! I promise I will be back in the week with a tutorial for this because I am forever being sent emails on how I did this and with Christmas coming it is perfect for this time of year.
I have put more info on how I did this card and what I used over on my Magnolia Blog