Sorry I wasn’t here on the blog last week, attending the CHA-UK Creative Exchanges event was amazing but exhausting! I spent the week catching up on sleep and reading through my copious notes.
I’m going to tell you more about Creative Exchanges later this week, but today I want to share a technique that I learnt there. The lovely Sara Naumann was demonstrating for IndigoBlu, sharing how to use FlitterGlu to add gilding flakes to a stamped image. I’m sharing a bit of what I learnt today, by applying the technique to this card:
Below is the kit that we received as part of the demonstration, and got to take home with us. Aren’t we lucky? Thank you IndigoBlu!
It included a FlitterGlu Starter Kit (with Winter Dawn Mega Flakes), a Heart Flourish Stamp, an acrylic stamp block, and some items to make a couple of cards – you can see the cards I made on the right (NB: the top card uses the Chariot Of Fire Flakes which Sara had with her – I really want that colour now too!):
To start making a background piece for my ‘Happy Birthday To You’ card I pulled out a piece of 8×8 kraft card, some MS Satin Craft Paint (Wild Blueberry) and a sponge dauber:
I used kraft card rather than white so that the colour would be nice and dark after just one layer of paint – if I’d used white card I’d probably have need two paint layers.
I sponged the paint over the card piece – I didn’t bother going right to the edges as I knew I’d be cutting it down later on:
Once the paint was dry I pulled out a stamp set (Geo-Graphic by Paper Smooches), mounted the hexagons onto a clear block, and pulled out my FlitterGlu. WARNING – the FlitterGlu has a stopper inside it that you have to take out before you can use it. Don’t just take the lid off then squeeze it to see where the blockage is – I did and the stopper burst out and I ended up with FlitterGlu all over my carpet – doh!
After mopping up my floor I applied the FlitterGlu to a sponge. The kit comes with some Phat Foam which you are supposed to use as the sponge, but I wanted to see if you could use any old sponge piece so I tried this out (I concluded that you can’t if you want a crisp image, you’ll see this later on!):
I used the sponge to apply FlitterGlu all over the stamp:
And then stamped it onto my painted piece of card. I repeated this process several times – the FlitterGlu stays tacky for quite a while so even though the top row that I stamped first looks dry, it was still tacky enough to apply the flakes too once I’d stamped the whole piece:
Once I finished stamping I quickly cleaned my stamp with the cleaner provided, then I dumped a pile of flakes into the middle and moved it around with my fingers, rubbing it across the FlitterGlu pattern (make sure there’s no breeze when you are opening the pot of flakes or doing this bit – it’s very flyaway):
Once I’d rubbed most off with my fingers (and tipped the excess flakes back into the pot to use another day) I used the Scoochy Sponge to burnish it even more:
You can see that the pattern looks messier towards the bottom. I think that comes down to the sponge I was using – because it had more bumps and airholes than the Phat Foam, which meant the FlitterGlu built up and splatted out on my stamp in bigger lumps, so my stamp got messier than it should have done. Lesson learnt – next time I’ll use the Phat Foam!
For now I just cut my piece down so that the messier areas were discarded:
I mounted this onto a piece of yellow patterned paper and added some glitter ribbon for a border strip:
I stuck this onto a 6×6 kraft card blank, then finished it off with a variety of embellishments and my sentiment:
I love the shiny background created by the FlitterGlu & Flakes. I will definitely be trying this out with some more stamps!
Have you ever used gilding flakes to make a background?
I am linking this up to the Seize The Birthday Challenge – the ‘toppings’ option is to Make Your Own Background!
The challenge is open until Tuesday the 5th of May so there’s still time to join in if you want to.
P.S. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway I have running at the moment HERE.
Have a great day!
DISCLOSURE: I received the IndigoBlu materials for free at a CHA-UK event, but was not required to share online or do anything to receive the product. ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by IndigoBlu in any way.