A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Thursday, 28 September 2017

NBUS Ornaments

Here's my second card for Darnell's great challenge that gets me using my unused stuff!

This time I'm using an ornament stamp that I've had for at least two years.  You'd think I'd try it out first with ink, but no, I went with the trickier technique of glue and gilding flakes.  And with guidance from Loll Thompson, it worked!

I sponged (using cut and dry foam) some Cosmic Shimmer glue on my stamp, getting a good even coating, then stamped on mixed media cs.  I immediately cleaned the stamp with some soapy water and a toothbrush.  By the time I'd done that, the glue was tacky enough for the gilding flakes - added them, pushed them into the glue with my fingers, brushed off the excess, and then burnished with a piece of Tim Holtz Rub-It Scrub-It.

I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment in copper, trimmed the panel down, and popped it up on fun foam on a copper cardbase.

Here's a close-up to show you all the lovely colours in the gilding flakes:

Thanks, Darnell, for getting me to use this gorgeous stamp that's been lingering unloved in my craft room!

Stamps - Impression Obsession Ornament Collage, Tim Holtz sentiment
Ink - ColorBox copper (for the sentiment)
Paper - copper shimmer cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Ranger copper embossing powder (for the sentiment), Cosmic Shimmer Mulled Wine gilding flakes, Cosmic Shimmer glue, fun foam


  1. WOW Susan! what a beautiful card you created with this interesting technique - I bet it looks all shimmery IRL! Love it! Julia xx

  2. What a lovely effect, your card is just beautiful, Susan! I've not tried this technique, but you have inspired me ~ need to start on Christmas card too! :o)

  3. Stunning Susan, love the shimmer of the gilding flakes and that beautiful sentiment.

  4. You're welcome, Susan! Thank you for playing again in my NBUS Challenge #12! All I can say is I'm sure the photos in no way do this gorgeous card justice! It must be jaw-dropping stunning in person!! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Love this card Susan. There's nothing like gilding flakes. That add so much colour and shine. Your stamped image is amazing. I love it mounted on the copper card stock. xx

  6. This stamp broke out of your NBUS box in great style, Susan! Love the shimmer on that beautiful stamp!

  7. Awesome card, Susan! I am so glad I was there to witness this masterpiece in progress. Love it! Gilding flakes is gorgeous... too bad they are o messy. 😉 .

  8. WOW! This is has such a neat, vintage look to it. As I read your process I was even more amazed that you were able to using that gilding adhesive to achieve this! Why do I know that would not happen here (grin) but you sure have me wanting to try this!

  9. LOVE this...so elegant and so beautiful.
    xx Karen


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