Hello friends and welcome to my new followers, it is great to see you here. Are you all 'stamped out' after a busy weekend at Alexandra Palace? I have heard great reports from people who went, sadly I couldn't go as I am in the middle of moving house but there is always next year......
This week for Creative Expressions I have made a seasonal card featuring an egg, symbolic of the spring. I had great fun playing with gilding flakes too.
I started by looking at the products I wanted to use and had a play with the folders and the ink colours I wanted to use. This is always an exciting time as you never know what might develop during the experimentation! Using the Spellbinders Flora folder, (yes I do have others but this is my favourite!) I carefully inked the raised side of the folder with Peeled Paint and a hint of Faded Jeans. I needed to make sure none of the ink went onto the background of the folder as it was just the leaves that I wanted to have colour. I then ran this through my machine. Hey presto! Coloured leaves.
I then fancied using something to emphasise the raised bits in the leaves and rather than just using another ink pad I decided to use some gilding flakes. I squished some of the flake + glitter glue onto a scrap piece of paper and using my finger I carefully added glue to the raised bits of the leaves. Of course some was going to go elsewhere and there were also parts that didn't take the glue but this is not about perfection. I prefer things to look a bit shabby, a bit vintage. When the glue was ready, and I had washed my hands, I added the gilding flakes. I used Autumn Leaves, but any would work.
I then wanted to make a contrasting egg to go on the card and decided that I should gild the whole egg shape to make it stand out from the background. I cut an egg shape from a piece of the embossed card. What I didn't realise at the time was that I was in fact using the other side of the embossed card, but hey ho, this worked just as well. Gilding glue was applied to the egg shape and flakes were added. I stuck the egg on a piece of white card and cut a very narrow edge to define the egg. Some ribbon, mounting card and a sentiment completed the project.
U-mount Flower A5 Stamp Plate for the sentiment
Hope you have a great week, the weather here today is fantastic! I already have my project for next week well under way so I hope you will come back to see it?