I couldn't believe it when I received an email from Julie asking if I'd like to be the Limelight designer for October. Julie is one of my stamping idols. I was so excited.
This spring I sat at the same table as Jan Marie during a Copic Certification class that Flourishes hosted. It was such a blessing to meet her and learn about the Flourishes beautiful stamp lines. As an illustrator I appreciate other talented artist. And love the quality of the clear acrylic stamps that Flourishes produces.
One of the sets that I have coveted for a long time was the Gerber Daisies. I'm going to share some photos that show how you can create gorgeous coloring using glitter and glue.
Stamp your image onto a clear piece of acetate (Crystal Clear Card Stock) using black Stazon ink. I add the glues and the glitter to the side that has the inked image on it. So when I am finished and flip the acetate over the image will be reversed. This is a fun alternate way of using the stamp set. (If you don't
want the image flipped than add the glitter to the side that you did not stamp the image on to.)
You will need Alene's Tacky glue, small paintbrush, glitter and water for the next step. I squeezed some glue onto a palette and added a small amount of water to it. Stir it up. It should be the consistency of Elmer's Glue. Not to thick but thin enough to spread with the brush. You will be working in small areas, one at a time as the glue does dry fast. Remember, you are working with glitter and it can get messy. Also, you want thin layers of glue, not big globs.
Using your small brush begin applying glue to the petals of the flowers. Sprinkle the glitter over the top and press down gently. Tap the excess onto a scrap piece of paper. You will be using the glitter that you just tapped off, don't discard it. Go back and continue to add more glue. Doing small sections at a time. Do NOT fill in all of the petals. You will be adding another color of glitter to give the flower more dimension. This gets very messy.
Next color you will be adding is the orange from the set. Add the glue to the petals that you did not add glue to and sprinkle the orange over top. Press gentle with finger. Tap of excess and look to see if you need to add more yellow or orange to the petals. It's easy to go back over top of the glitter with the glue in areas that you see are thin. You should have a good covering of glitter on all of the petals.
Next you will be adding the green. And then the red to the center of the flowers. These glitters are not a solid color and therefore give you a very luxurious look. The daisies are the perfect image for this technique. I can see using so many of the other beautiful images that Flourishes has colored with glitter!
Once the glues is dry gently tap off any remaining glitter. Please be careful when handling the image as the glue is only on the surface of the acetate and can be easily scratched off. Take a very soft wide bristled brush and gently brush off the glitter that sticks to the acetate due to static. Flip your image over onto white card stock (or any color card stock you wish.)
Adhere the acetate to the
cardstock using tape. I created my card by sandwiching the acetate below scrapbooking paper, creating a window.
I look forward to seeing all the beautiful Flourishes creations you do!