Today I’ll be showcasing a card I created using my brand new set with Gina K. Designs, “A Very Merry Christmas.” I had so much fun making this card. There’s something satisfying about ink blending, and Distress Oxides are the best for blendy-ness.
First step is to cut a cardstock panel. I used a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. I absolutely love this die set and get so much use out of it. I used Gina K. Designs Heavy Base Weight White cardstock because it is seriously the best cardstock for ink blending and has a nice weight to it.
I heat embossed the large Christmas tree-shaped greeting from my stamp set, A Very Merry Christmas in Gina K. Designs Gold embossing powder right in the center of my stitched rectangle die-cut cardstock.
The ink that I used is Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink. I could have done this technique with regular dye ink, but I love the suede-like finish you get with the Oxides. The colors I used were Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Lucky Clover, and Black Soot.
I sponged Twisted Citron in the center of my words, and sponged a little Peeled Paint around the Twisted Citron area. I sponged Lucky Clover all around the rest of the card panel, going back and forth between colors to blend.
(Make sure to take a dry paper towel over the embossed image so that no Oxide ink is resting on top.)
Next, I added a little Black Soot to my green blended panel because it was looking a little too bright for the look I was going for. If you prefer the brighter green look, stop here!
The trick to blending with Distress Oxide inks is going back and forth between colors. That is the only way to achieve a smooth blend.
Next, I squeezed some Connect Glue onto a plate and used a tiny paintbrush (a cheap-o paintbrush keep in mind) to ‘paint’ glue on the edges of my panel. I worked fast and did two sides at a time, but keep an eye on the glue. If it starts to become see-through, then it is starting to dry. It needs to stay wet for this technique.
This next step is messy. BE CAREFUL when opening a container of gilding flakes. I was warned this before I opened them, but tragedies still happened. I am very new to gilding flakes, but I think I did all right. They are so much fun. I took my craft tweezers to pick up flakes and then pressed them onto the glue patches.
This is what my card looked like by the time I was done pressing the flakes onto the glue. Aren’t the flakes gorgeous? I took this photo in natural lighting, and you can really see how reflective the flakes are.
This needs to dry for a good while before removing the flakes. I only waited about ten minutes before starting to rub them off, and that was not good. I let it sit over an hour. Unfortunately I have no concept of time and didn’t think to check how long it was. So, we are kind of in the dark on that one.
After waiting *about* over an hour, test the flakes to make sure they are really adhered. All you need to do to remove finish the gilding process is to take your finger and rub off the extra flakes. The flakes will only remain where the glue was ‘painted’.
I love the rustic, vintage look the gilding flakes give the edges. This card is simple to make and looks impressive. Green and gold is one of my long time favorite combinations. It’s so striking!
In this photo, you can really see the difference in gilding flakes between the two cards. For the top card, I was very heavy handed on the glue, and the other I was a little more sparing. I can’t decide which I prefer. Comment your thoughts below!
I recreated this card in a turquoise variation. I used Distress Oxide Inks Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers and heat embossed my greeting in Gina K. Designs Rose Gold embossing powder.
I used rose gold watercolor around the edge of this card rather than the flakes, because I don’t actually have rose gold gilding flakes.
Here is a little variation on this card.
I am loving tags lately, and I couldn’t resist trying this technique out on a tag. They were surprisingly quick to create.
Thanks so much for stopping by! The products that I used are linked below.