Sunday, 4 August 2013

If at first you don't succeed ...

... try, try, try again ... and again!!

Having had a disaster with my first attempt using gilding flakes (it wasn't really the gilding flakes that was a problem, more the stamping on the acetate, but admittedly I made quite a mess with the flakes!). The first thing I tried was stamping the Clarity hummingbirds image on to a piece of acetate that already had silver flowers on it (Dawn Bibby from long ago - about time I used some of it). I then rang the acetate through my xyron so that I would have adhesive on the back ready for the gilding flakes, but when I took the film off the xyron it took some of the ink off the image. I had a go with putting the gilding flakes on the adhesive and managed that, but with a right mess around me!

Having put that effort in the bin, I started to make another one, this time running the acetate through the xyron and gilding before stamping. I tried a few different ink pads without any real success - I couldn't find my black stazon (I might have even got rid of it because I know it wasn't very inky). Anyway, in the end I remembered that I could use Adirondack blending solution to take the ink off the acetate so I could start again, so this gave me some leverage to try different ink pads. I even rescued the failed attempt from the bin and swiped the image off the acetate.

In the end I settled for using teal blue stazon for the one on the left and ultramarine for the one on the right.

I've simple matted and layered these on to A6 card blanks.

It was difficult to get a photo because of the reflection on the acetate and the shine of the flakes - this is the best I could do:

These are for:

Facebook A card a day
Cuttin and stampin 30: clean & simple cards
One stop craft 237: keep it simple
Addicted to stamps 61: wonderful wings
Fashionista 18: wings
4 crafty chicks 153: bling
Addicted to stamps and more 56: anything goes
Inkspirational 31: anything goes
Created with love 52: anything goes
Creative creations 15: anything goes


  1. beautiful! I haven't tried building flakes… but I must at some point :) Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Creations Challenges with our 'Anything Goes' challenge! Good Luck, remember you can enter upto three times and we have a DT call :) Hope to see you again soon xxx

  2. Well done on persevering - glad you managed to rescue the first one from the bin too! Do you know you can use Brilliance on acetate? Takes a while to dry but it does work!

  3. The finished effect is great even if you had a bit of a bother getting there.

  4. Glad you were able to rescue the first attempt from the bin and well done on persevering Hazel. :)

  5. Great rescued project. Thanks for joining our Anniversary Blog hop and Anything goes challenge.

    Chris B

  6. Lovely card Hazel. That hummingbird image works so well with this technique. Thanks for playing along at Inkspirational this week.


  7. Pretty card I have had several disasters as well but no recovery like you did. Thanks for joining us at Created with Love Challenges.
    Remember to be entered in the challenge for a prize, be sure you have commented on all the blogs in our hop, become a follower and followed the challenge rules.
    Linda K. DT

  8. Lovely card. Thanks for entering our Anniversary Blog Hop and Anything Goes challenge at Created With Love Challenges. Remember to win the challenge you need to complete the blog hop and comment on each team members' blog and be a follower.


  9. Hi hazel thanks for posting your lovely card with CWLC on the blog hop week and a big thanks for taking the time to comment on my blo
    happy crafting to you
    Rachel DT

  10. Wow! This is stunning! Great job. Thank you so much or joining us at Inkspirational!

  11. How beautiful... I believe the shine looks amazing IRL! Thanks for joining us this week at ATSM!

  12. Thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

    Leanne DT 4CC!

  13. You are braver than me to try this technique. Your cards turned out great. Thanks for playing along with us at Cuttin' and Stampin'.

    Tammy S.

  14. Great job Hazel! Thanks for joining us this week at Cuttin and Stampin - Doris

  15. Gorgeous cards, Hazel! I've never heard of the flakes before but they have such a unique look. Thanks for playing at ATSM. :)

  16. fab card
    thanks for playing with us at fashionista

  17. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our ANYTHING GOES 1st Anniversary Blog Hop Challenge!

  18. WOW, Fantastic! I love this technique!Thanks for joining the Fashionista Challenge. Hugs from Lisbeth


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