I have always loved the look of gold leaf! It is simply elegant - pure and simple. When looking through the Cornish Heritage Farms catalog today with the girls here at work Cathy said, "Wouldn't those Wise Men look good in gold!" The idea was born. All the silhouette Christmas images that Aimee created will work beautifully with this technique - you can find them spread throughout the CHF category.
This was a relatively quick card to make - unfortunately a little too quick - LOL! Yes, little miss impatient me did not wait long enough to let the adhesive set on the gold-leafed words above, but I decided to share this card anyway to help you avoid making the same mistake.
To begin you want your glue pad to be well inked with glue. I love to use my teflon bone folder to spread the ink evenly into the surface of my pad. This really scurries this process along and the teflon wipes clean so easily! (I use it to spread my ink on all my ink pads Ü)
I then stamped a parchment looking paper from my Scrapblock collection with Distress Tea Dye ink using the Aged Music Scrapblock. I then stamped the three wisemen over the top with my Glue Pad. As you can see the adhesive does show, thus making it easy to apply the gold leaf to the correct areas. I like to let my stamped adhesive sit for about half a minute before I begin applying the gold leaf.
A lot of gold leaf flakes come in these packets. I prefer to pull out a few leaves and use a tidy tray to open and spread them before I begin working on my project. Be certain not to laugh or sneeze, perhaps it's best to not even breathe when working with this product - LOL! One little puff and it can be all over the place, so I always work carefully when I have my gold leaf close by. This helps to prevent the beautification of my room and clothes Ü
I then take gold leaf and gently lay it over my stamped image. I lightly tap over the entire surface with my finger and then repeat pressing it gently in to place as shown above. Now is the part where patience TRULY helps Ü Walk away from your project for a while! Go do something else -cut the remainder of the paper pieces, get a drink of water, and even answer a few emails - LOL!
Once dry, (I think you should wait at least 15 minutes to make certain that it is set, perhaps even longer if you don't want the same effect as I received on my words above) lightly burnish it with an old bristle style brush.
Then moving gently in a circular motion, remove any excess flakes.
I collect the finer dust in a little rubbermaid container. You will be able to achieve an entirely different effect with this "dust." As you can see I just collect all the different colors in to this one container. There are five different packets to select from: Copper, Gold, Mixed, Rainbow and Silver.
As you can see in this closeup picture the different sheets of leafing start and stop with the subtle color changes for a beautiful effect. I find this look so appealing and hope to share my next gold leaf adventure with you soon.
This card was completed with the ribbon we are including in our thank you notes, a strip of Granola paper, Granola buttons and a Christmas Expressions sentiment. Thank you for stopping by.