Cards Using Gilded Leafing on Blends Alcohol Backgrounds

Hi and welcome to my blog.  This is about adding Gilded Leafing Embellishments to your cards.  I show several techniques that I have found useful and do not make a huge mess.  I understand the the Gilded Leafing Elements will be back in stock this week.  These cards were fun to make.  Some people have commented that it doesn’t look much different from embossing. I think there is a difference.  The gilding is rougher, it has more texture and has more shine.  Along with the alcohol blend technique, the gilding makes very different cards.  I think, very pretty cards.   

Measurements for today’s Cards using Gilded Leafing Embellishment The Card Bases are Whisper White and are cut 8 ½” by 5 ½” Scored at 4 ¼”.  I made the alcohol sheets 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″, so a quarter sheet each.  Then I used Versa Mark and Heat and Stick Powder to adhere the gilding.

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  • Various Stampin’ Blends
  • 90% Alcohol
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Simple to Simply Stunning Forever Grapevine Card

Forever Grapevine, what a fun project.  Here are the three cards, Simple, Stepped Up, and Stepped Up plus. 

Measurements and Supplies for Today’s Simple to Simply Stunning Forever Grapevine Card:

  • I used a Gorgeous Grape Card Base 8 ½” by 5 ½” , scored and folded at 4 ¼”
  • There are two pieces of Basic White 4” by 5 ¼”
  • Also, Scrap in Basic White, Gorgeous Grape and Garden Green for the sentiment and grape leaves


The First Card below is stamped in Garden Green Ink and is on a Garden Green Cardstock A2 Base, 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″, scored and folded at 4 1/4″.  The only coloring is the Grapes which can be accomplished with whatever coloring tools you have.

  • Markers
  • Watercolor Pencils 
  • Ink and a Blender Pen

I added Green Rhinestones from our Holiday Rhinestones to embellish the card along with White Bakers Twine, to add a bow.  I then used my trimmer to add score lines at 1/4 inch around the front white panes and three vertical score lines to the right side of the inside white pane.


The second Card is on a Gorgeous Grape A2 Card 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″, scored and folded at 4 1/4″. On this one I colored the leaves and vines with my Soft Succulent Alcohol Blends and and the Highland Heather Dark blend to color the grapes.  I used the dies in the bundle to cut out a few individual leaves out of Garden Green to add randomly to the vine, the inside and the sentiment label.  I also colored some Basic Rhinestones with my dark Highland Heather blends to get purple rhinestones for the project . 

For the last card I used dies to cut the vine detail  and the individual leaves from Garden Green Cardstock.  I then stamped the image again on a piece of scrap white  and colored and fussy cut the grapes so that I could add them to the vine with dimensionals, as well as to the inside of the card.  I used my Dark Highland Heather Blend to color some of the White Bakers Twine to add the Purple bow to the front of the card. I used the Stitched So Sweetly dies for my sentiments on the front and inside of the card.


I hadn’t done one of these Simple to Simply Stunning projects in a while and it was fun to do!  I think I like the second card the best.


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The Christmas Rose, Christmas Card #9

This is the Stunning Christmas Rose Card, from the Christmas Time is Here Suite.  This medley of products is available only during the month of November, or while supplies last.  This is one I would get ASAP, I expect it to sell out.  In addition to the Suite contents, I used, Cherry Cobbler paper and ink, gold foil paper, my early espresso marker and many of my alcohol blend markers. See the list below. 

This beautiful suite of products has so many possibilities for gorgeous cards, it is amazing.  I will be making addition videos using this material during November to give you additional ideas. I have listed below the whole suite.  On this one the individual pieces are also available for sale.


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3rd and Last ln The Series Soft Pastel Assortment

These are the final techniques used for the Pastel Assortment

  • using Blending Brushes to apply the chalk
    • to tear tape and
    • Directly to a card front
  • Paint with pastel chalk using a small amount of water or alcohol
  • Using the chalk directly to the card front
  • Using Versa Mark to stamp an image and then applying the pastel with a dauber
  • Using Versa Mark and adding pastels with a blending Brush
  • Using a Blender Pen with the chalk
  • using Versa Mark partially on paper and adding just a bit of pastel as an accent

I have since thought of using a Mask and Versa Mark and adding chalk and mixing some of the chalk powder with our paste.  Those could both be quite interesting as well. 

Measurements and Supplies for today’s 3rd and Last in the series Soft Pastel Assortment
• I used a Basic White Cardstock for my Card Bases or a Color Cardstock that compliments the card design – 8 ½” by 5 ½”, scored ad folded at 4 ¼”
• Then I used Basic Black, Bermuda Bay Mossy Meadow & Granny Apple Green for layering pieces cut at 4” by 5 ¼” inside and outside the cards
• I also used Basic White cut at 3 ¾” by 5” for the focal image on the fronts and the 2nd layering pieces on the inside

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Birthday Butterfly & Vellum Card

I Can’t Stop! These blend alcohol backgrounds are addictive.  This one is made using Just Jade and Flirty Flamingo and might well be my favorite so far.

This was also an excuse to play with the New Butterfly Bouquet Bundle.  I have many more ideas on what to do particularly with these dies.  I can just see the black butterflies backed in Pumpkin Pie to resemble a Monarch Butterfly.

I adjusted this card a bit on the inside from my prototype.  I added some Flirty Flamingo to the inside along with an additional couple of die cuts.

This suite is going to be fun!

Measurements and Supplies for today’s Birthday Vellum Card:

Here is the link to the video for the background technique

  • I used a Just Jade Base measuring 4 ¼” by 11” Scored and folded at 5 ½”, plus a piece cut 4” by 5 ¼”
  • There are 2 layering pieces in Flirty Flamingo cut at 4 1/8” by 5 3/8”
  • I used a piece of Whisper White/Basic White cut 4” by 5 ¼”
  • Then 2 pieces of Flirty Flamingo, the first is cut ½” by 5 ½” for the front of the card the second is a piece of scrap ½” and long enough to add your sentiment
  • Finally, I made my background piece using a piece of vellum 4 ¼” by 5 ½” and using the Dark Flirty Flamingo Blend and the Dark Just Jade Blend and some 90% alcohol

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