Abstract background: Gilded painting.

Abstract background: Gilded painting.

As you will have read not so long ago, whilst I was in the Range I picked up some Tonic Nuvo Rose Gold gilding flakes. I have already shown you how easy it is to use these flakes whilst upcycling a piece of home decor, however I want to show you just how easy there are to use with card making too!

Each time you use this technique you will get slightly different results depending on where you spread your glue and how much of the flakes adhere. Therefore you will always get unique cards!

Materials required:

  • Acrylic paint - it is much easier if you use a paint colour already mixed, but I didn't so I used a mixture to make my colour (see step one for my paint colours)
  • Paintbrush of sponge brush- for using with acrylics
  • PVA glue
  • Palette knife
  • Gilding flakes - Mine were by Tonic Nuvo Rose Gold.
  • White card base - My card was 5" 1/2  X 4" 1/4
  • Additional white card for the sentiment and for the background - A heavier weight card is best to take the thick layer of paint needed. 1 and half A4 sheets should be enough. 
  • Die sentiment - I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut my sentiments as I didn't have a suitable die cut to run through my Sizzix Big Shot Plus. 
  • Wooden heart
  • Fun foam cut down to half an inch smaller than your card size. 
  • Double sided tape adhesive.
  • Dry brush for burnishing

Step 1:

I mixed the coloured paints below to make the paint colour I wanted for this card.  

Step 2:

Cover 1 sheet of your A4 white card with your brush and allow to dry. Apply several more layers until the coverage is even and at the desired tone. 

Step 3:

Once the paint has dried, smear on a thin layer of PVA glue with your palette knife. Allow this to dry so it is tacky but not wet.

Step 4: 

Once the glue is tacky, cover the glue area with gilding flakes. 

Step 5:  

Once happy with the coverage use a dry brush to burnish the flakes. 

Step 6: 

Paint the other half an A4 sheet of white card with the remainder of paint and leave to dry. 

Step 7:

Once dry, using your die sentiment and die cutting machine or Silhouette Cameo, cut out your sentiment 3 times. Using a small amount of PVA glue, adhere the three sentiments on top of each to give a 3D sentiment. 

Step 8:

Apply a thin layer of PVA glue to your wooden heart and once tacky apply gilded flakes to the top. Use a dry brush once more to burnish the flakes. 

Step 9: 

Trim the background down to the size of your card base. Apply a small piece of fun foam to the back of the background with double sided tape adhesive, and stick to the card base to give added dimension to the card. 

Stick the sentiment onto the card along with the wooden heart. 

My envelope for this card was not an identical colour match as I mixed the colour by hand. However, to try and make the envelope and card match, I added some flakes to the corner in the same way as they were added to the card. 

As I had trimmed the background down, I was able to use the remainder of the background for another card. This time I used a different sentiment and I cut a small matching banner with a heat embossed Happy Birthday stamp.

I really like how these two cards came out and was so simple to make with only a few supplies needed. 

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