Happy April everyone! The new CAS Stencil Card Challenge is up over at the blog! Cathy is our creative hostess this month and she would like us to use gilding flakes with our stencils!
One of the technique videos on the blog uses a Xyron laminator - which I just happened to have in my craft room - purchased at least 10 years ago and haven't used for quite some time. I inserted the adhesive cassette into the machine and ran a panel of black cardstock through it.
I peeled off the clear cover and my cardstock now has sticky adhesive on one side.
I laid my Feathered Leaves Stencil from Altenew over the sticky surface and covered it with Cosmic Shimmer Inka Gold Gilding Flakes - another thing I just happened to have in my craft room that I must have bought for something years ago - and then forgot why I bought it - so it was sitting there waiting for me when I needed it for this challenge!
The next step is to spread the gilding flakes over the whole stencil, pressing it into the openings with your fingers.
When it's all covered, you remove the stencil. Now all the black spaces left are still sticky so you need to put something in those spaces.
The video I watched suggested black glitter be applied to stick to these open spaces. I didn't have any (shocking, I know!) so I used some black micro beads I did have. I poured them over the panel and pressed them into the open spaces.
They seemed to stick in the larger open spaces - but there are still beads rolling off it that didn't stick!
I added the Love die cut over the panel and added a wedding sentiment inside.
This is the first time I've used gilding flakes and I was happy to be 'forced' to learn this new technique for Cathy's great challenge!
You'll find links to several Gilding Flake technique videos, details of the challenge and lots of awesome inspiration from the Design Team as well as our talented April Guest Designer Mac at CAS Stencil here.
You have through April 24 to link up you CAS cards!
Paper: white, True Black - PTI, Kraft Stock Metallic - Tim Holtz/Idea-ology
Accessories: Inka Gold Cosmic Shimmer Guilding Flakes, Feathered Leaves Stencil - Altenew, black glitter beads, Love Die - PTI, Xyron Laminater and Adhesive cassette.