I am trying out my new toy, the Indigoblu Gilding Starter set :)
I saw gilding with flakes on one of the crafty tv shopping channels years ago. I think it was Dawn Bibby doing it. At the time, I couldn't afford to try it. But this is a different make of flakes etc. now,and cheaper, and I managed to get hold of a starter set to try at last.
You get a special extra-sticky glue called 'flitterglu'.
I thought, ok, this is just going to be PVA stuff with a fancy label, isn't it?
But no! This really IS sticky!!! Like, "OMG I can't separate my fingers" sticky!!! But it's ok it comes off with a good wash in water and soap.
- As well as the glue you get a spatula,
- some felty sponge to make an 'ink pad' with,
- a small rough almost wiry sponge called a 'scoochy',
- a bottle of stamp cleaner (though the soapy water worked fine),
- a strong A5 size plastic box,
- a pot of flakes,
- some A5 sheets of card
- an instruction leaflet.
The kit was just under £20. Ok it was treat ;)
This is what you do-
- wipe out the box with an anti-static pad/cloth
- empty the flakes into this box and spread them out
- cut a small square of the spongey stuff for your 'ink pad'
- spread about a teaspoon of glue onto the pad
- apply this to your stamp (not too much)
- gently press stamp to card (just a 'kiss', no need to press hard)
- dunk the card into the flakes
- pat the flakes gently with your fingertips, make sure all glue is covered
- tap off excess gently
- use the 'scoochy' to scrub off the flakes back into the box- they can be reused- very little is actually 'caught' each time.
- the result is a stamp image in gilded flake.....
Here's quite a detailed image, but it still worked...
in the background you can see the pots of glue etc., and the flakes in the A5 box:
The gilded imagestays intact i.e. dosen't rub off easily like glitter. I was able to put the card under the guard of a paper timmer without it marking the image. Here it is trimmed, ready for using on a card:
Looking forward to using it to edge cards and ATCs too, and trying other coloured flakes. They do a nice coppery one, which would be nice on my cat stamps, I think :)
Starter kit & more info available here (no affiliation blah blah blah..! )
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Love, tea & cake,