Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Gold Leafing cards

I did some more great cards over the weekend.  I must say I am quite pleased with the way these turned out.  I had started them over a week ago.  Some of these cards take two days to make, allowing for drying time.  So, let's get started.

It has been awhile since I did any varigated gold leafing cards.  This Dragon (#LA18 by The Stencil Company) was done in Varigated Green Gold Leafing.

The background papers are from La Bella Rouge stack (a Hot Buy product by DCWV).  The dragon and matt paper under him are edged with Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China, and Picked Raspberry distress ink by Tim Holtz.  Adding 2 red brads and tri-colored string (by Queen & Company) finished off the card.

This Rosaceae Rose (#K1636 by Laurie Anderson) is colored with Copic markers with Gelly Roll Glitter Pens, and Orange Peel and Green Stickles Glitter Glue for enhancement.  Edged with Salty Ocean distress ink.  Paper is French Country by Graphic 45 (love their line!).  Final touch are two ribbons by May Arts (that came in my DCWV gift pack from earlier this year).

Another Varigated Green Gold Leaf greeting card -- Long Dragon (#LJ844 by Dreamweaver).

I kept this card very simple as the dragon is so large!  Paper is from Modern Chic pack (by Recollections).  The dragon is edged with Mowed Lawn distress ink.  Green and Brown Jute by Little Yellow Bicycle is twined around each other the length of the card and spot glued.  Finally, 3 gold rhinestones by Kaiser Scrapbook on the left finish the card.

A close-up so you can see (I hope) the varigated green gold leafing.  When doing gold leafing, you must have an embossing paste (dried several hours to overnight) as a base for the leafing to adhere to.  I find my cards come out better if I let the base embossing paste dry overnight rather than just a few hours.

Dragons are our most popular designs, followed closely by Tigers.  This Red Tiger (#KR08 by The Stencil Collection) is done in Varigated Red Gold Leafing.

Again, I made the Bamboo Leaves and Bamboo background paper work for me on the card design.  Tiger piece edged with Broken China distress ink.  Turquoise "coral" ribbon finishes off the card.

A close-up of the Varigated Red Gold Leafing -- so cool!  Imagine seeing this in person!

On this next card, I did something totally different!

I have never used so much twine as I have on this Glossy Black Tiger (same template as above card).  The embossing paste is from Dreamweaver.  The Bamboo (#LL533 by Dreamweaver) on the left is Varigated Red Gold Leafing over Green embossing paste.  Both pieces are edged with Mowed Lawn distress ink.  Base paper is Masculine Camouflage by HOTP.  I was hoping the Jute Twine would give more of a jungle-bamboo effect.  What do you think?

Flowers are just as much fun as Dragons, Tigers and Peafowl:

I used Ranger Silver Embossing Powder on this Cally Lily rubber stamp (#K-1696 by Laurie Anderson) design; colored with Copic markers, and Yellow and Lime Green Stickles glitter glue to enhance.  Design edged with Warm Violet from Misty Meadow cat's eye color box ink set.  Base paper is from the Afternoon Muse paper pack by Glitz.  Lime Green lace doily ribbon (by The Paper Studio) and 3 clear green buttons for a finishing touch.

I'm hoping to get into my craft room this coming weekend, so we shall see what I come up with this time!

Have a safe, happy 4th!

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