Hi! Since I have been stamping for 15 years now, I really like it when I see older techniques/products become “new” again. Today I share one of those oldies-but-goodies… gilding flakes. The look is so stunning!
Who doesn’t love a bit of shine? Gilding flakes offer shine, but with such a unique and classic look. And a little goes away… I can’t imagine ever running out!
Double-sided tape is a great way to use gilding flakes. Here, I created diagonal Be Creative Tape stripes on pink cardstock and pressed in a mix of Tonic Radiant Gold and Silver Bullion Nuvo Gilding Flakes. The shine is beautiful. I kept the rest of the card simple by gold heat embossing images from the Flora and Fauna Oh Hello Friend Stamp Set and adding pink Lucy’s Cards Rainbow Jewel accents.
I will say though — gilding flakes are messy! But in the video I share tips for keeping it contained, including using a Gina K Storage Box and Swiffer Dusting Cloth and Handheld Cordless Pivot Vacuum for clean up. They make a HUGE difference.
Here is a second card in a mint color. It is really difficult to capture the shine on these. I am sorry for the poor photos!
In the video I also show how to add gilding flakes to stamped images. I like using Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder… it holds the flakes perfectly. Here I stamped the waves with VersaMark Ink and added the sticky powder. Once it turned clear when heat set, I pressed in Tonic Silver Bullion Nuvo Gilding Flakes. I also added some cute images on top from the Flora and Fauna Under the Sea Stamp Set, along with tiny Tonic Sea Breeze Nuvo Jewel Drops bubbles.
While I had my supplies out, I made a few additional simple cards. Here I used the Flora and Fauna Oh Hello Friend Stamp Set to created the gilded leaf. The sentiment is a combo of the Flora and Fauna Oh Hello Friend and Power Poppy Nice Things Stamp sets. And that Gina K Silver Metallic Cardstock notecard has the perfect amount of shimmer.
I also created the gilded mat with double sided tape.
And one last example…
Here I created gold gilded images from the Flora and Fauna Oh Hello Friend Stamp Set. I then colored them in with Copics for a soft look.
If you are interested in learning more about gilding flakes, be sure to check out our most recent class at Online Card Classes called Sparkle and Shine. I have many examples in the class.
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