Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Use Die as a Stencil + Mixed Gilding Flakes - Bizzy Bec's

Trust you're enjoying a God-blessed, family time this Easter, everyone -  as we remember the greatest gift given, of our Lord Jesus! Who gave His life for us, arose victoriously on Resurrection day.. yes, and He lives that we too might live, by faith in Him! 
To my card .. a peek! 
Am re-visiting the new technique from earlier this month where I've used a die to make stencil.
1. I took the * Pre-order Sizzix Thinlets Mixed Media #2 Die set - used the swirl from this set, and die cut a scrap of cardstock from cereal box, hey presto, disposable stencil!! 👍
2. Then made a disposable sponge, see below - cut folded piece of new cheap kitchen sponge, attached a handle with folded card, stapled on. 😉 Dabbed carefully,. #working from top to bottom. This was very detailed die cut stencil. The spaces where it is bit "floaty" in middle needed more care.
3. Glue used was the Cosmic shimmer flitter glue. Very tacky.
Leave for 20 to 30 mins to set, otherwise flakes don't adhere properly.
 I attach it like I do my real 23 carat gold leaf in calligraphy, lay it loosely over sticky area and smooth it carefully around in circular motion and push it on with very gentle finger tips. Have the Gilding flakes scrubby, but I do not like it.
Then remove excess flakes with soft fairly-sizeable paintbrush, buff the glorious shine well, again with soft pressure, in circular motion (see image). Remove excess flakes, empty into containers.
4. Used more Silver than earlier card, just a little of Egyptian Gold Glitter Flakes. Smoothed it off well, with fingers or brush.
5. With ink duster added the soft shading with Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire ink pad. Oh, this is such a gorgeous colour (**Distress Ink - Available from Bec upon request).
I wanted to highlight the swirl so used water based ink rather than dye ink.
 Used *Pre-order Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly Die, and the inside greeting of *Pre-order Sue Wilson Just For You Ornate Oval Die.
6. Cut both out ... double layering the greeting, and decided to colour the DP with the DI Chipped Sapphire it nice deep contrast.
7. Die cut the sheet with *Pre-order Spellbinder Pierced Rectangles. Truly Bec has the best prices around.. this versatile rectangle set is so unbelievably priced!!! check it out!!! Finished card, added some bling to butterfly but just let the swirl show under the butterfly love dit so much didn't want to cover it up.
I love this card, has a different look to my earlier neutral shaded card Over here!  but shall be doing this again. I do love the effect. .. and minimal cleaning up with disposable home made tools.

Okay, so a pineapple update! the image of smallest baby was taken on 22nd March, three weeks ago. Next on right, was taken a week ago. As you can see we have more than one baby on the way, the first one was first take here -  mid December 2016. I think this smaller baby is going to be much bigger as it started as huge for a baby, due to the mammoth rainfall we've had I am sure.
To see a Pineapple growing from start to end see this post here. Both these new growths are from pineapple which were grown on the mother plant in background of last shot. Each successive top was replanted so have wee patch now!
Thanks so very much for popping over for a peek and a chat...
I really appreciate it so very much if you leave a comment to say you've been by, but I'm way behind on comments due to family commitments. I do apologise for it. Thanks for reading this far - it's a very long detailed post.

Please do pop over  HERE at Bizzy Bec's - ANYTHING Goes Challenge! And pop by Bec's store.. for the month of April she has storewide, a whopping 25% off  her already low prices!! 

 A very special welcome to a wonderful new Encourager on this blog Verna Angerhofer of Verna's Creative Clutter! Don't you love the name of this blog... and oh, she makes lovely creations too!

I pray you're enjoying a God blessed Easter, I'd really appreciate it if you have time to read my Easter post below or Link here.
God bless you all richly in Jesus sweet name,
Shaz in Oz.x

 … Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as He said. …             Matthew 28:5b - 6a

Linking over to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes    http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com.au

23 comments:

Valerija said...

Amazing card with wonderful details.
Happy Easter.
Valerija xx

Cara said...

I'm totally stealing your sponge tool idea! Fabulous card, I bet the shine is amazing in real life. Very interesting to see the pineapple growing too. Have a lovely Easter. Cara x

aussie aNNie said...

Great tut Shaz and fabulous post. I will not be around now until the end of the month so can not comment on your lovely work, I will visit when I return.xx

Kath said...

A fabulous card and I love your idea of the disposable stencil and sponge.
Kath x

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow! Fab card and great tutorial! Amazing shining on your work!I have this mixed media die and LOVE it so much!
Have a joyful Easter!!

Laurel Kerr said...

Fabulous card and technique Shaz..Love the baby pineapple pic's..Loz

brenda said...

You have worked wonder with the gilding flakes Shaz and it looks fab, I am never happy as try as I may so many times I usually end up with a total mess.

Love keeping track of your pineapples, thanks for sharing.

Wishing you a peaceful Easter.

B x

Betsy said...

What a stunning card! You amaze me with your talent. :-). Fun update on the pineapple too. I so appreciated every word on my last post. You are a blessing to me and I'm so thankful that you're a sister in Christ. Wishing you a joyous Easter. He is Risen!
Blessings,
Betsy

MaryH said...

Love your inventiveness with the die stencil (you can also make the stencils from package plastic too, but may have to be sure it cuts well). Ditto on the sponge you made - love that you can toss and not have to clean up after this. I've not had great success with gilding flakes, but I love the look. It's especially pretty with the swirly flourish and I like the bright metallic look with the subtle background color. Very elegant. Always enjoy the photos of your garden & plants. TFS & Happy Easter

Kathleen said...

Really beautiful card, love the gold touch.

Kath x

Conniecrafter said...

that is a gorgeous stenciled background and I do love the way the butterfly pops against it!
It is so cool to see your pineapple, coming along so pretty!

Marilyn Mathis said...

Beautiful card. Great technique. Hugs.

Gail said...

Your card turned out wonderful! Really like the pineapple pics too! Thanks for sharing!

Pamela Duncan said...

Love this! I knew I'd been saving those pieces of cardboard for a reason! I must try your stencil tech. Fantastic card as always!

Janet Christensen said...

Wonderful technique. I love your instructions and pictures. This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. (How soon until the pineapple is harvested?)

Anne said...

Such a gorgeous card dear Shaz and fabulous technique! Love your pineapple plant too! TFS! xxx

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful card Shaz. I love the gilding flakes. Looks beautiful on the design.

Kim Heggins said...

Beautiful card...love the elegant look you created. That pineapple looks so yummy!

Pia S said...

I'm seriously going to consider getting some flakes. Have seen them in a store but haven't known how they should be used. It makes that swirl look so elegant and kind of exclusive. It's a beautiful creation. Don't worry about visiting, family comes first:)

Brenda in IN said...

Thanks for the tips about the stencil and adding the gilded flakes. The card is lovely with so much texture. I went back and watched the pineapple grow. That is so cool that you just grow them right at home. I can just taste that juicy goodness.

Shaz Brooks said...

Absolutely beautiful Shaz, and so clever making your own stencils. I shall have to remember that. Love the gilding flakes, that is another technique I need to try. Hugs, Shaz XxX

Craftychris said...

Ooh beautiful card! Love the gorgeous swirl background for the lovely blue butterfly - fabulous tips too, thank you! Cool photos. Of the pineapples too! xxx

Brenda said...

Wow! Your card is just stunning Sharon!! I love how your did those flakes, how pretty that is and what a great idea to cut a stencil from the cereal box! I don't have much practice with flakes like that, think I did it once at a class years ago and that is the only time I did it. You make me want to try it again. Your pineapple looks amazing and now another baby?!!! I so love it, wish I could grow a pineapple!!! Hugs, Brenda

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