Antistatic Bags:
These little bags are invaluable when using any type of embossing powder.
swipe across the card surface, stamp with ink and apply embossing powder.
Hopefully the embossing powder will only adhere to the wet ink and not leave specks elsewhere.
If you dont have an antistatic bag you can use fine talcum powder, but its not as good for dark coloured card - does make your card smell nice though!

Project: Midnight Tree

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This is quite a large tree silhouette that lends itself beautifully to Guilding Flakes. As there are many colours of gulding flakes the possibilities are endless, however I saw this as a ghostly tree at night hence the silvery flakes.
I used:

  • Inkylicious Midnight Tree
  • Clear embossing ink pad
  • Stamp and bond powder
  • Indigo Blu guilding flakes: Eton Mess
  • Tonic Studio rectangle dies
  • Anti-static powder bag
  • Card stock: black, silver, grey
  • Darice woodgrain embossing folder
  • Silver pigment ink
  • Moon and hills mask -Available as a download

Cut a piece of black card larger than the tree stamp. Apply the antistatic bag to the surface. Stamp the tree with clear embossing ink and apply the Stamp and bond powder. Use a heat tool to heat set just like regular powder, but for a time remains sticky so other media can be applied.

Apply the gilding flakes to the sticky Stamp and bond, pressing them down firmly. These flakes have a life of their own and will fly around without much help so work slowly!

Once all the tree has been covered with flakes press them down again then using a piece of Scrubbit or an old toothbrush start to remove the excess flakes. It helps to work over a sheet of scrap paper so its easier to return the excess back to the pot.

The tree is revealed in all its silvery glory! Wipe with a piece of kitchen paper to remove any excess antistatic powder. Sponge silver pigment ink through a mask to add the Moon and hill behind the tree. Be generous with your layers – I could probably do with adding more depth of colour to my card.

Trim the card to the end of the branches and bottom of the trunk. Mat onto silver card.
Finish by sticking the tree down onto a 5” x 7” card (18 cm x 12.5 cm) black card base.