Quick Crafting Tip - 2 Ways to Add the Guilding Technique to Your Paper Crafts & Bonus Days!

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The art of guilding, or you may know it as gold leafing, is a surface decoration that goes back thousands of years.  The technique provides a thin layer of gold to any given project.  Centuries ago the technique was expensive and required specific expertise. It was applied to picture frames, mirrors, furniture and architecture.  

This is a technique I've long used for my paper crafts. It requires little expense and no expertise.  You will need a heat tool, a VersaMark pad and your favorite embossing powder.  Although guilding is most commonly created in gold, this fun finish can be created in silver and copper as well. 

Today's quick tip video will show you two different ways to apply the finish, each achieving a different result.  I've also included pictures of my completed card using this technique below.   

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Cutting Dimensions

  • Sweet Sugarplum cardstock base is cut 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • Whisper White layer is cut 2 1/2" x 5 1/2". Create your own mask/stencils - view the video on how to do this HERE.
  • Silver Foil Sheet is cut 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" and was creating using the Best Badges Punch. View the video on how to do this HERE.

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I created the background for the guilding using masks (aka stencils) I made myself.  If you missed last week's quick tip video about how to do this you can view it HERE

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The picture below is perfect for your Pinterest board!

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There are two new tutorials in the Project PDF library!  Crafting Forever and Oh So Eclectic! 

Click HERE or on the images below to check out these tutorials as well as many more.

Crafting Forever Card Collection - 4 different cards, one features a fun watercolor technique.

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Oh So Eclectic card collection - 4 different cards and one features a custom mask technique.

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Garden Girl

Ever since I was young I've loved to color.  A new box of crayons (with the built in sharpener, of course!) and a new coloring book were my favorite gifts. As I grew older that passion grew into acrylic and oil painting, air brushing, colored pencils, pastels and eventually into rubber stamps.  

Because of my passion for coloring, when I saw the Garden Girl stamp set (page 168) I knew I had to have it! The large outline images provide the perfect area for markers or watercolor pencils.  

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Instead of stamping directly on white or vanilla cardstock I opted to stamp on designer paper.  I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4" x 5 1/4" and then layered the two colors of Color Theory Designer Paper to represent the sky and the grass.  

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I stamped the fence image on the Wood Textures Designer Paper then cut it out using my Paper Snips.  

Take a closer look at the bird, grass and flowers and you'll see that they are stamped directly on the designer paper.  I knew the printed designer paper would show through the areas I markered but I loved the texture it brought to the images. 
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The Tree Builder Punch created the perfect clouds.  I sponged the edges using Crumb Cake ink.  I also sponged the edges of the designer paper layers for a vintage, worn look.

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The greeting is from the stamp set "Here For You" and houses a coordinating heart enamel shape.  

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You've Got Style Missing You Card

I'm wrestling with a new camera.  I've been using a Canon SX60 HS 35mm for a number of years and recently I upgraded to the new iPhone 7S.  

Boo, my professional, insists that the new iPhone cameras are just as good as my 35mm. I don't know,  the pictures seem grainy.  Please bear with me as I figure this thing out.

I've always enjoyed stamp sets that are different. Don't get me wrong, I love flowers and butterflies but there's something about a stamp set that has unlikely images that screams 'buy me'!  

The "You've Got Style" stamp set on page 47 caught my attention!  These quirky images had me giggling the second I saw them.  

Instead of using the obvious pieces of this set, I chose the cat image to make today's card.
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I created a diagonal border using Whisper White cardstock cut at 1 3/4" x 5 1/2".  I stamped the cats randomly using Basic Black Archival ink and colored them in using a Blender Pen and Soft Suede ink.  

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The heart is from the Tabs for Everything stamp set.  I'll admit I wasn't fond of this set when Stampin' Up! gave it to me at an event but I find myself using it more and more for the simple images and greetings.  
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I've always been a fan of red and black and this card is a great representation of why.  It's simple yet stated.

Don't overlook the fun and quirky.  They can make some really great cards!

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Label Me Pretty and Stylized Birthday Card

I'm sitting here typing this blog post realizing that today is the last Monday of June!  How could that be?  

All month I've been using new catalog products.  To say I'm having fun would be an understatment! 

Pairing new stamp sets with 'old' stamp sets always proves inspiring. Today's card is a perfect example of that. 

I am using the Stylized Birthday stamp with the new Label Me Pretty set. I've used lots of bright colors recently so I thought it would be a nice change to focus on a subtle color.  

The new Pretty Label Punch is a winner.  If you don't already own it, I highly recommend placing it on your wish list. Not only does it coordinate with the Label Me Pretty stamp set but I've found it fits lots of other images and greetings. 

I've also included pictures and cutting dimensions for today's card below.

If you haven't looked at my Project PDF Tutorial library go take a peek. Among many others, there is a tutorial using this Stylized Birthday stamp to create 4 different cards.  You can find pictures and the tutorial HERE.


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Cutting Dimensions

  • Whisper White cardstock base is cut 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2"
  • Remember to stamp first, then punch. You'll have perfect alignment every time!

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There are two new tutorials in the Project PDF library!  Crafting Forever and Oh So Eclectic! 

Click HERE or on the images below to check out these tutorials as well as many more.

Crafting Forever Card Collection - 4 different cards, one features a fun watercolor technique.

Crafting Forever card collection tutorial  Lisa's Stamp Studio

Oh So Eclectic card collection - 4 different cards and one features a custom mask technique.

Oh So Eclectic card collection tutorial  Lisa's Stamp Studio

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