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When using gold leaf you will have to handle it very carefully and make sure that there is no wind/breeze/airconditioning running in the room. It is very very light and will fly away at the merest breath of a breeze. Also, if you are using the sheets of real gold leaf, try not to touch it with your bare hands - a thin pair of white cotton gloves is good to wear when handling the sheets. The flakes are a little more robust and you can use bare hands with those.
Fun flock is great on sheep; santa beards; snow scenes; snowmen; teddy bears; slipper images; dressing gown images; flowers; leaves; grass and many more.
Don't forget that good old buttons and beads can make great embellishments. You just need to finish off your card and then add some thick glue and press the buttons or beads into it and wait for it to dry. You could also try sewing buttons onto your paper or cardstock - this is a great look.
When using the sheets it is best to buy the special adhesive that is sold for use with them. First you will have to brush the adhesive onto the areas that you want leafed and then let it dry. Then, handling the leaf carefully, place the leaf onto the glue and rub very gently with a dry paintbrush. You can save the leftover flakes for use on a later project.
You can buy a special "pen" that you can use to adhere foil to your cards with. The nib of this pen heats up and you then lay the foil (with coloured side facing up towards you) onto your card/paper and use the pen to draw on the foil in the areas that you want it to stick down. This melts the foil onto the paper.
Pearl Ex is a powdered pigment that is sold in small jars. To use it you just need to mix it with water or with a painters medium like Gum Arabic. You can then use a paint brush to brush it onto your cards. Pearl Ex comes in a variety of colors including gold,silver, bronze and also comes in a variety of clear interference colors.
Gold leaf can be bought from craft stores in two different forms. The first one is in very fine sheets of beaten gold (this is very expensive). The other way you can buy it is in packets of gold and metallic "flakes" - this way is much cheaper and is quite easy to use.
You need to find a glue that dries to "tacky" (I use the Sailor Roller Ball Glue Pen). Put the glue onto the areas that you want to be foiled (a nice thick coat) and then let it dry for at least 20 minutes, or preferably an hour. Then lay your foil on the glued areas with the coloured side of the foil facing up towards you. Rub the foil gently with your fingers and then pull away from the paper. The foil will adhere to the areas that you have glued.
Radiant Pearls is a brand of pearlescent paint that can be used in quite a few different ways. They are "safely" embossable (ie: they do not create dangerous fumes when heated); they can be used to color your images; and they can be used to make great background papers. The colors available are quite numerous - I`m sure that everyone will find colors to suit their stamping style.
If you love using Pearl Ex or are just beginning to use it, then you'll be pleased to know that you can use Pearl Ex powders with your blending pen! Just pick up the color of your choice with the end of your blending pen and "paint" it across your image wherever you like. You will not have to use a spray sealer to seal the color to the page because the blender ink will do that for you.
Using Liquid Applique is easy! Just spread some onto your card in the areas that you want "puffed" and then heat it with your heat gun. It will puff up almost immediately. Just set it aside to "set" for at least an hour. You can add glitter to it while it is still warm if you like - this looks great for snow on cards.
You will need to use an adhesive that remains tacky when dry (I recommend the Sailor Roller Ball Glue). Put a nice thick layer of glue onto the areas that you wish to leaf and then leave to dry for about an hour. Then, handling carefully, take some flakes out of the packet and pat them onto the areas that you want leafed. Then use your finger to gently rub the flakes onto the glued areas. You can use a little bit of pressure to make sure the flakes are nice and flatly spread onto the glue and to "burnish" them a little. Shake the leftover flakes back into the packet.
Glitter is a wonderful thing to add to your cards. It gives them such sparkle! Make sure you finish your card completely (stamped and layered) and then spread a thin layer of your favourite glue where you want the glitter to stick. Then just sprinkle the glitter onto the card and shake off the excess to save for another time.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|