Sunday, April 17, 2016

Gilding Flakes and Watercolouring


Hi everyone.  Yesterday I got together with three stamping friends (Susan, Christine and Shirl).  We played with a few different products and techniques.  It was a lot of fun!!  Thanks for coming over girls!! :)

We started with gilding flakes.  We used them three different ways (die-cutting, over stencils, and with stamping).  Then we moved on to playing with our gelli plates, then color bursts, and finally gelatos.  I'll be sharing some cards later this week with what I made.

Today's card uses gilding flake glue sponged onto a NBUS stamp, stamped onto mixed media paper, left to dry for a few minutes until tacky, and then topped with gilding flakes.  I used a scrubby pad to burnish the flakes and remove the excess.

Next I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brushes to watercolour.  The gilding flakes act as a resist so I didn't have to worry about getting ink on them.  I started by adding a layer of bright yellow, then a layer of orange for the large butterflies, pink for the small ones.

For the last layer, I added just a few thin strokes of pink on each section of the large butterflies and used a very fine, damp paint brush to move those into longer and thinner strokes.  I used the same gilding flakes to make my sentiment banner. Happy with how it turned out. :)

Here's a close-up of the shimmer from the gilding flakes ...


I'll be sharing more gilding flake techniques soon, along with some cards made from our crafty experimenting from yesterday.

I'm entering this card into a few challenges ... AAA #62 - Anything Goes, CASology#193 - Pink (there's pink on every butterfly),  and ATS&M #189 - CAS,




Thanks so much for dropping by for a visit!







Stamps:  Fluttering (Memory Box); Where the Heart is - sentiment (Simon Says)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 series); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Zigs (Lemon Yellow, Orange, Pink)
Accessories & Tools:  Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes and Gilding Flake Glue (both from Cosmic Shimmer), paint brushes and water

Challenges:
AAA#62 - Anything Goes
CASology#193 - Pink
ATS&M #189 - CAS

57 comments:

  1. Oh. My. This is gorgeous!!!! Love how you used the gilding flakes. I may need to try this. Love this card soooooo much! :-)

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  2. Your gilded butterlies are beautiful Loll and make such a stunning card

    Anne

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  3. Absolutely stunning. Loving the gilding flakes and your water colouring is so beautiful, with the prettiest of colours x

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  4. those gilding flakes are so fantastic - think i NEED some of them!!

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  5. Too funny. I just saw your card on SCS but didn't realize it was yours. I was thinking: Oh what a coincidence-I stamped with that yesterday. Then I looked and saw it was from you! Anyways, love that stamp, thanks for letting me use it on my sample yesterday. I think I "need" some of those zigs! Love what you did with your card.

    Shirl

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  6. Oh to be surrounded by some of those lovely butterflies for real, Loll. They are so gorgeous and look like they could fly right off the card. What a spectacular statement those gilding flakes make. I can't wait to see what else you make with them, and your other products.

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  7. Simply stunning Loll! It is always so much fun having a crafty get together with friends :)

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  8. What a wonderful technique, Loll! I love that gold outline and the beautiful colors of your butterflies! Sounds like you had a very productive as well as fun day with the gals!

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  9. Stunning card, Loll! The butterflies are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at the CASology challenge this week!

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  10. A HUGE WOW factor on this one! Whatever that glue is, I'm sure I have to have it. What spectacular results with this method! I've never seen them used this way but LOVE how it turned out!

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  11. I am totally in LOVE with this card Loll! Those butterflies are absolutely stunning with the gilded flakes for the outline, and then the water coloring on the inside...this whole card just shines!!Think I NEED some of those gilding flakes too! :0)

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  12. Oh my goodness Loll! I think that this is a new favourite of mine! Outstanding!! Using the gilding flakes for the outlines was inspired and your colouring of them is superb!! Now, I have got to have that stamp!! Have a truly wonderful week! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  13. Seriously, STOP!! You are killing me, Lolly! This is ... I'm speechless! And I NEVER am speechless!! Hugs, Dolly

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  14. Love this card!! As I have never used gilding flakes (but seen it done) I would like to try this. Have you made any videos showing this edging you did on the butterflies?

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    1. Hi Connie. I haven't made a video on this technique, but am thinking there may be one in the future. I have just started experimenting recently, so want to learn more before doing a video. :) There is a wonderful video by Sue Wilson showing how she uses the gilding flake glue with stamps. I followed her instructions for the card above. :) Here's the link ...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2r7hcPEaNk

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  15. OMG Loll, absolutely Stunning butterflies! Your gilded flakes shine even in your photo:-) I have just put the glue and flakes on my shopping list! TFS my friend.

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  16. Loll this is absolutely gorgeous. The gilding flakes and the Zig watercolouring are so elegant! Glad you had such a fun day! Thank you for sharing with us at CASology this week!

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  17. Breathtaking, Loll! Wish I could sit next to you & try this!

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  18. Loll I love this card, my all time favourite butterflies and with those gilding flakes they couldnt look better. This is sooooo beautiful.
    I got some gilding flakes, mmmm need some glue.

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  19. Absolutely stunning, Loll. X

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  20. This is stunning..... love those gilded butterflies, such pretty colours. Wish I was close enough to come and play ...... sounds like you guys had fun. Can't wait to see more of your fab creations. Have a lovely week xx

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  21. This is gorgeous Loll - so bright, vibrant and pretty. Whenever I visit you, I have to put another thing on my wish list and it is going to be gilding flake glue this time! xxx

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  22. Absolutely stunning and the butterflies are coloured so beautifully :) X

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  23. Wow Loll, another home run with these flakes!! You are really inspiring me to add some of these products to my next shopping cart! Beautiful! hugs :)

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  24. Gosh Loll, those butterflies are things of rare beauty! You did absolute wonders with those gilding flakes and your watercolouring! Hope you do a video soon! I am intrigued and mesmerised! So glad you could join us at CASology this week!

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  25. Hi Loll,

    WOW! This is so stunning, got to be one of my favourites ever of yours, amazing creation, I may have to have a go of this myself, wow! wow! and more wow! Lol!
    Thank you for sharing

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. Ooooh! Swooning for sure here Loll! Those butterflies are simply too pretty and elegant. Perfectly coloured and the pops of gold from the gilding flakes are just awesome. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards this week.
    Sarah

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  27. What brilliance! It really unearthly beauty card. I am delighted! Great watercolor and the sparkle of gold flakes ... Thank you for the wonderful inspiration. I wait for video :-)
    Hugs,
    BożenA

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  28. Wow Loll, this is a stunning card! I'm amazed at what you can do with those gilding flakes and glue! Your coloring with the Zig's is amazing. Can't wait to see what cards you have for us after your play date! Glad you ladies had loads of fun. Hugs, Brenda

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  29. So gorgeous, Loll! I've been soaking up all your info about the experiments (very successful experiements!) and marvel at what you accomplish. Thanks so much for sharing all you do...your pieces of art are fabulous.

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  30. Oh my goodness, is this regal or what? Y'all must have had one heckuva crafting session. Those are some of my favorite messy toys to play with.

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  31. AYKM!! This is so stunning and so amazing. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I guess I need to check out this gilded stuff you have been using, your cards are just over the top beautiful with that stuff!! Sure wish we lived closer, I could just learn so much from you!!

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  32. Wow those butterflies look really great!

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  33. Ooh! This is simply breathtaking. The gilding gold really sets off the hot colors of the wings, and love the flight arrangement. Wish I were close enough to join in this crafting fun. Off to see your earlier posts! TFS & Hugs

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  34. Wowzers! Dropped in from Darnell's blog because she was singing your praises. She's right, you should be praised. Holy moley, this is drop dead gorgeous. I can't stop drooling and staring.

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  35. Wowzers! Dropped in from Darnell's blog because she was singing your praises. She's right, you should be praised. Holy moley, this is drop dead gorgeous. I can't stop drooling and staring.

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  36. Ooh, Loll this is just gorgeous. Love the orange/pink/gilding combo, this is just stunning. Thanks so much for sharing at ATSM this week, Anita x

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  37. I'm so glad I got to see this in real life - it is so stunning and such a wonderful use of the gilding flakes.

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  38. LOVE - Oh My Goodness, this is gorgeous!

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  39. Those butterflies are gorgeous Loll, you looked to have had another fun packed crafty day with your friends. You've reminded me again that I must get out my flitter glue I bought last October and use my gilding flakes.
    So pleased you linked up at ATSM this week as well. :)

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  40. Loll, those butterflies are absolutely gorgeous with those gilding flakes. I'm with the others who would like you to do a video.

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  41. Wow Loll! your butterflies are gorgeous - that gilding and watercoloring are beautiful together! I wish I could come to your crafting gatherings!! Julia xx

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  42. Absolutely beautiful - such a striking card!

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  43. Oh Lol, I just joined you blog and signed up for your posts am from Darnell's blog .. wow loving what you are doing with gilding flakes.. i have some as NBUS wondering what to do with them.. so going to pin your ideas never knew you could stamp with them, just simply loving this!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

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  44. Stunning! So so pretty, I can see sales of gilding flakes skyrocketing lol!! Cathy x

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  45. I can see you girls had a great time :) I love when you play with your gilding flakes and Zig brush pens, Loll! Such a gorgeous effect, especially with these beautiful butterflies! Stunning card!!!

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  46. My apologies...I meant to add: Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

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  47. Well, this is just beautiful, Loll ... not only each individual butterfly, but the whole kaleidoscope of them ... a shimmery stunner! Hugs, Anita :)

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  48. Sounds like you had a lot of creative fun! This is gorgeous! So much more beautiful than embossing powder...

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  49. One day I want to create with you......amazing card , just LOVE this!

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  50. Breath-taken-away, jaw-dropped in awe, rendered speechless! Stunning. Incredibly, totally and absolutely stunning! My question (because I can't figure the Zigs out AT ALL!) is about how you coloured the butterflies. You used yellow as your first layer: did you add water? Then orange as your second: water added again? No matter how I've tried, my Zig colouring is an epic mess! I can't seem to keep the vibrancy while simultaneously creating a 'delicate', no edges/lines showing 'flow'. Perhaps I'm using too much water...or maybe not enough. Or maybe too much Zig ink...or not enough. Argh! Any advice: gratefully accepted! Even a video link would be fabulous. Call me helpless!
    Hugs~c

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