Saturday, 7 February 2015

Keep it Clean and Shiny with CASual Fridays

Hello fellow crafters! If there's one technique I'm always struggling with it's clean and simple. I always start out with the resolution to make something that's CAS, but in the end, it never really is. So, today, I'm doing my best to keep it as clean as I possibly can and I'm using an awesome set from CASual Fridays.

As of now, all CASual Fridays products have been moved to the Discontinued Brands section in the Make The Day Special Stamp Store because the brand will be discontinued here in the store.  But of course you can still get your fix at – but don't forget to check out the current deals at the MtDSS Store here!

My card took all of 10 minutes. Seriously. All you do is stamp the image in Versamark, then sprinkle Judkins Sticky Stuff embossing powder on it and heat set it. The moment the embossing powder turns sticky, stop heating it – it’s sticky now and that’s when you apply the Gilding Flakes.

Mush the flakes onto the sticky surface while holding your breath – this stuff is super light, so heavy breathing (darth vader style) or sneezing (heavens forbid!) will make the air around you sparkle ;) Once you’re done, use a scrubby tool to get all the excess flakes off and reveal the actual shapes you’ve covered ;)

I’m also very impressed by the fine detail I got; even though the Sticky Stuff is pretty coarse. You might want to heat it from behind to make sure you are not blowing off the embossing powder. And because it was so easy, I wondered if I could use another medium to create a similar card: once more, I used Versamark and Judikins Sticky Stuff, but then sprinkled it with Elizabeth Craft Designs glitter. After carefully pressing the glitter into the sticky surface, I rubbed off the excess and made the glitter shine.

You might see here that I didn’t get the finest details as well as I did with the gilding flakes, so I’d recommend this technique for images which are not quite as detailed, but I still like the effect immensely. I’m not sure how well it translates to the photos, but in person, the sparkle is just stunning.

Add to it the stark contrast of the black sentiment, and you have one clean and simple card. Only fitting to use CASual Fridays stamps for it, I’d say :)

Thanks for stopping by today! Don't forget to check out the CASual Fridays sale over in the shop while supplies last! Happy crafting!

1 comment:

Craft-E-Place said...

It looks to me like you've smashed the Clean and Simple style with these! They are stunning! I haven't used gilding flakes but having seen these I might have to invest in some!
Simply stunning.