Casually Crafting Blog Hop – New Year, New Techniques

Welcome to our monthly Casually Crafting Blog Hop, This months theme is New Beginninings, New Techniques. For this project I have based my projects on the Gilded Leafing, which can be found in the new January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue.

Seven Ways with Gilded Leafing

For my new techniques, I have decided to showcase the newly introduced Gilded Leafing in the new January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. In addition I have used the Berry Blessings Bundle, from the January-February 2021 Sale-A-Bration Catalogue, which is free with a qualifying order spend of £90 during January and February.

In my three cards I have demonstrated the following techniques:

  • Tear and Tape Border
  • Heat and Stick Stamping
  • Adhesive Sheet Punched Embellishments
  • DSP Embellishment, Tear and Tape
  • DSP Embellishment, Versamark Highlights
  • DSP Paper Piecing Highlights
  • Embellishment Upcycling

Just a couple of hints when using the Gilded Leafing and the Heat and Stick Powder:

  • Don’t work in an environment with a fan / heater / air conditioning unit – the flakes are very light and easily fly away.
  • If you can, empty the container into a larger plastic box, this makes it easier to use and ‘catch’ the excess flakes, I store in an A5 box. I have been told you can get flakes back into the original container, but I have not tried and am not convinced.
  • Use a stiff sponge to burnish the gold onto your sticky surface.
  • Do not overheat your heat and stick, it loses its tack.
  • It’s easier to see the heat and stick ‘melt’ on a darker surface, the gold is opaque when fully covered so the darker colour should be hidden.
  • Do not sneeze when using your Gilded Leafing !!

Card One

This card uses the Berry Blessing DSP and Stamp Set from Sale-A-Bration, on a thick Whisper White card base.

Tear and Tape Border
I created a gold border on this card, by sticking tear and tape along each edge of the DSP Layer. Folding this over the side of the DSP, to the back also provided the ‘glue’ to attach it to the card. Whilst also providing a sticky edge. I stuck the card to the card base before applying the Gilded Leafing and burnishing with a sponge, this minimised wastage.
Heat and Stick Stamping
For this technique, first I stamped the leaf and berries in Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade. Then overstamped with the matching stamps in versamark (I used an embossing buddy first to ensure the heat and stick did not stick to the inked areas). Using the heat and stick, which turns clear when heated (but remove the heat once the powder has turned clear). The heat and stick is tacky, which the Gilding Leafing will adhere to, this was then burnished with a sponge. The border on the topper was created using the 2″ and 2.25″ circle punches, the larger one was punched with adhesive sheet attached to the card. The top (image) circle was stuck the adhesive sheet on the larger circle before the Gilding Leafing was applied and burnished to create the border.
Adhesive Sheet Punched Embellishments
The sprigs attached behind the topper were created by sticking adhesive sheet to a piece of card before punching using the Sprig Punch. The top layer of the adhesive sheet was then removed and Gilding Leafing applied to the punched elements and burnished with a sponge.

Card Two

This card uses the Berry Blessing DSP and Stamp Set from Sale-A-Bration, on a thick Whisper White card base.

DSP Embellishment, Tear and Tape
The cross hatched stripes on this card were embellished with narrow double-sided tear tape, to which the Gilded Leafing was applied and burnished with a sponge. This was used for the background layer for this card.
DSP Embellishment, Versamark Highlights
The berries on the DSP topper were embellished by applying versamark, from a drop from the refill bottle into which am embossing tool was used (by dipping into the versamark) to highlight the berries. Heat and stick powder was applied and heated, to which the Gilded Leafing was applied and burnished with a sponge. Note a similar effect can be achieved by gently tapping the embossing tool into a versamark pad.

Card Three

This card uses the Berry Blessing DSP and Stamp Set from Sale-A-Bration, on a thick Whisper White card base.

DSP Paper Piecing Highlights
The gold channels on this card were achieved by using tear and tape to stick the DSP (cut into several pieces at random angles) to a card layer, with 2mm gaps. The base layer was cut to 1cm longer than the DSP layer (prior to randomly cutting into pieces). The Gilded Leafing was applied to the channels and burnished with a sponge.
Embellishment Upcycling
Using some (retired) wooden embellishments, these were tapped against a versamark pad and then dipped into the heat and stick powder. Using a pair of tweesers these were then heated and Gilded Leafing applied and burnished with a sponge. I found it easier to see the heat and stick powder melt if I coloured the wooden embellishment with a dark blend before applying the versamark. In addition a border was created on the sentiment using the technique specified above.

The Casually Crafting Design Team are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, who would like to share our projects with you. We love cards that are simple and easy to make with just a few products, these would ideally suit the casual crafter. We will be sharing our ideas on the 3rd Friday of each month, you can hop around the group and gather loads of inspiration from the team.

You may have arrived here from the wonderful Heather’s blog or may even have started here. Where ever you started please do go hop onto the next blog which is the talented Sara. Just click on the photo and it will take you straight there.

Or click on the photos below to continue along this months hop from the rest of the Casually Crafting Design Team.

Don’t forget to note down your wish list and come back to Wright Crafts to order your Stampin’ Up! supplies from my online shop.

I hope you enjoyed my Gilded Leafing, New Techniques, projects, and the rest of the Casually Crafting Design Team Blog Hop projects.

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3 Responses

  1. Barry says:

    Amazing Hilary, this is going to be a bookmarked page for easy reference when I need Gilded leafing technique ides. Love all your projects and feeling very inspired. TFS

  2. Gillian says:

    Great set of techniques Hilary and beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  3. Sara Sayers says:

    An amazing array of techniques Hilary. Love them all

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