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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Silver leaf and acetate

This is  the Silver Birch stamp from Clarity Stamps, one of my favourites.  It is stamped with any black ink on to the reverse of an acetate sheet, the rough side made for printing.  Once it was dry, I sprayed the printed side with spray adhesive and then applied silver leaf and burnished it.  Then it was back to the spray adhesive to attach it to black pearlescent card, which gives more depth to the solver.

I kept the mounting simple, with silver holographic card, black card and then onto a white pearlescent card to finish.  A simple silver peel off provided the sentiment.

The slightly grainy reflection from the silver leaf brings a good texture.  The biggest problem is remembering not to breathe anywhere near the silver leaf (even worse with gilding flakes), otherwise it gets everywhere.  Rubbing baby powder into your hands is a good idea too, to stop it sticking to you instead of the adhesive. 

If you wanted to, you could add some colour behind the trees before applying the silver leaf, but I rather like it simple. 


Di said...

Hi Maggie

This is absolutely beautiful - a lovely result and inspiring!

And such a coincidence - I was watching Barbara Gray on that DVD set (5) I have yesterday, and before going to bed last night I laid out my playthings on the desk. She used sticky paper, acetate and gilding flakes - I'll remember not to sneeze :)

Great tip about the baby powder - I have quite sticky warm paws so am gonna try that one. Thanks!

Hugs, Di xx Watch this space.

Shazsilverwolf said...

Lovely Marg- nice & simple, but a stunning effect. I have one or two similar stamps, and embossing stencils for that matter- I shall have to give this a try. Love Shaz xx

Di said...

Ha, ha Maggie - I hope you were referring to the shortage of Poliflora and not my diamond top card :)

SUPER tip from you about using talc BTW - it worked brilliantly on my hot little paws earlier today whilst playing with gilding flakes. Thank you!

Hugs, Di xx

MaryH said...

WOW! Gorgeous! Birch trees are my favorite among trees, and I really love this card. You did a fabulous job on it, and thanks for the how-to's. Another technique to try. Last night, I experimented with the brayer & spritzed plastic wrap. Fun! Not made into cards yet (my stamping was not great...but it was fun to try). Have a wonderful week & TFS

Gill Edwards said...

Hi Maggie,

I really love your blog and have nominated you for a Liebster Award. the details are on my blog


Gill x

Linda Simpson said...

Love the gorgeous header to your blog. Your card is stunning Maggie.

Linda xxx

Dora said...

this cards looks very beautiful! it looks so simple but it has a fantastic looking style.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wow what a super card, Shaz in oz.x

Mrs A. said...

Gosh Maggie.this is simply stunning. Love the effect.
Hugs Mrs A.