Monday, 13 October 2014

Autumn birthday

I should have been tidying my craft table at the weekend but of course I got distracted into playing instead! I've had some gilding flakes in my stash for ages and not really got round to playing with them (I got them from a friend when she de-stashed to move abroad and that's four years ago now!).

I covered a piece of card with double-sided tape sheet and burnished on some of the flakes. They're a nice warm mix of gold and copper tones with just touches of rose gold, silver and the odd blueish-green flake which made me think of autumn leaves so I decided to go that way. I die cut a horse chestnut leaf, accentuated the emossed lines left by the die with a Copic marker and coated it in Triple Thick glaze for an extra glossy finish. The glaze magnifies the sort of "veining" you get from the flakes which seemed perfect for a leaf.

I thought it would be fun to have the very matt finish of Pan Pastels contrasting with  the glossed flake on the leaf and combined them in a clean and simple design. I decided on a whim to introduce a third finish by adding little dots cut from scraps of the gilded cardstock, leaving them with no glaze. I seem to have a bit of a thing for scattered dots as a finishing touch at the moment!

I'm hooking up with the current Pan Pastels challenge which is "autumn" - a lovely theme if you fancy playing along (no requirement to use Pan Pastels or other Premium Craft Brand products, it's just that I often use it as a push to use the Pans I have).

Leaf dies by Impression Obsession
Confetti die by Mama Elephant
Say It All stamp set by Hero Arts
Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate by Tsukineko
Pan Pastels (Burnt Sienna, Burnt Sienna Shade, Burnt Sienna Tint)
Spectrafix Degas  fixative
Easy Metal gilding flakes by Eberhard Faber
Triple Thick Gloss Glaze by Deco Art 
Pinflair Glue Gel
Double sided tape sheet (151 brand, try your local £1 shop!)

Thanks for stopping by.


Kaz said...

It's beautiful as always Joanne, very stylish xxx

Kath said...

I love the autumn colours. A beautiful card.

Anonymous said...

A lovely card and fab technique! x

Helen J said...

Beautiful technique for the leaf, it makes for a stunning yet simple card.

Yvonne said...

Beautiful piece of work. Thank you for joining us over at the PanPastel Challenge.
Yvonne - PanPastel DT

Deborah said...

A wonderful way to use gilding flakes - and a fab card at the end of it.

Sid said...

Joanne, I am loving the leaf and that guilding flake looks fab. The finished card with its splash of colour is superb !

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful way to use the gilding flakes and it makes a gorgeous card. Love the little dots too with the splash of Pan Pastels. Must look out for that dotty die!

Scrapmate said...

This is gorgeous, the leaf is so realistic. it's a fab. CAS card.

misteejay said...

I adore Autumn colours and this beautiful card is just perfect for an Autumn birthday.
Toni xx