Welcome, my crafty friends! It’s Laura here with you today, and I’ve created a holiday card using Nuvo Gilding Flakes and the gorgeous Concord & 9th Dahlia Turnabout Stamp. While this stamp isn’t considered a “traditional” Christmas stamp, by changing the color and adding a little pizazz, that statement dahlia almost looks like a holiday wreath! The gilding flakes (and embossing powders) really takes a fairly simple design and makes it into an elegant holiday card.
First thing I did was to cut a panel of Neenah Solar White to 4” x 5.25”. I made a small pencil mark where I wanted the center of my flower to be and I starting inking up the stamp for the first pass. For this I used Distress Ink Tumbled Glass. This turnabout stamp is used just like all the other in the series (if you’d like more information on how to get your stamp set-up, read thisblog postI previously wrote that explains all of the pertinent information – just ignore the instructions about the inner and outer stamp as that’s irrelevant for the Dahlia stamp.)
For the second and third impressions, I’m going to use embossing powders so I prepped the panel with my powder tool to prevent stray embossing powder to stick to my paper. For round two, I inked the stamp up in Tumbled Glass (again) but this time I covered it in Nuvo Shimmering Pearl Glitter Embossing Powder for a subtle glittery sheen. Third round I (once again) stamped with Tumbled Glass then covered in Ranger SuperFine Clear Embossing Powder.
On the last pass, I stamped with Versamark Watermark Ink and covered with Stampendous Stamp ‘N Bond. This powder becomes sticky when heated (just like you would for regular embossing powder) and is perfect for adhering Nuvo Gilding Flakes. This is a super messy product but let me tell you, it gives such an elegant and textured look to your project that you don’t get with embossing powder. For this card, I used Sunkissed Copper and it looks so luxe next to the blue.
Make sure you are working over a large scrap area because the flakes are super light and will go EVERYWHERE. While you want to work quickly, try not to so much as heavy sigh (as I’m known to do when I’m crafting!) because you’ll send the flakes flying. (Also, you might notice I didn’t do as great of a job cleaning up my stray Stamp ‘N Bond powder and the result was a few little specks of gilding flakes in, and around, the leaves. So, if you want a “cleaner” result, be sure to use your powder tool and get any strays with a paintbrush before applying the gilding flakes.)
Applying The Flakes
Once the powder is heated, work quickly to stick flakes over the stamped image. Do note that Stamp ‘N Bond gets to temperature quickly. Be careful not to overheat it because too much heat will melt it completely and the flakes will have nothing to stick to!I like to have my container open with the lid sitting upside-down on the top with a pile of flakes to work with. It’s my feeble attempt to keep the flakes from creating a blizzard in my house! 😉
Press the flakes into the now sticky image, then rub the flakes until everything is covered and its smooth-ish. You can dump the loose bits back into the container. Don’t worry about throwing bits away either. This is one product you WILL get your money’s worth. There’s loads in tub and it will probably last you a lifetime!
Finishing The Card
With the flower complete, I used Versafine Onxy Black Ink with one of the many stamps included in the Catherine Pooler Designs Holiday Mix Stamp. PS I LOVE Versafine ink because it gives such a crisp, black impression and really makes a sentiment look sharp. I highly recommend it!
Now I just have the background to do. I took a Catherine Pooler A2 card base and covered the four edges with ¼” Scor Tape. I then covered the exposed tape with more gilding flakes. Working with tape is a much easier of a process than using the Stamp ‘N Boss because you can take your time and aren’t scared to breath!😊
Last thing to do is to add 3M Foam Tape to the back of the panel, add it to the front of the card base, and top off with some sequins from Little Things by Lucy. And now you have an elegant holiday card!
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WANT TO FIND THESE PRODUCTS:
Concord & 9th Dahlia Turnabout Stamp
Catherine Pooler Designs Holiday Mix Stamp (Home For The Holidays SOA collection)
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Versamark Watermark Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
Neenah Solar White Card
Catherine Pooler Designs Pre-Scored Card Bases
Stampendous Stamp ‘N Bond
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards Sequin Shaker Mix
3M Foam Tape
Be Creative Scor Tape ¼”
Tombow Multi Mono Glue
Fiskars A4 Paper Trimmer
Tim Holtz Mini Snips Scissors
Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks
Goodbye Static Anti Static Powder Tool