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".

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Gilded Holly

I am so excited to be on the Design Team for Loll Thompson's and Bonnie Klass's new challenge - CAS Christmas Card Challenge!  The rules are pretty simple - keep it CAS and follow the theme.

Loll is hosting the inaugural challenge:

I did something a bit different from the usual green holly and red berries.

I love the Penny Black Snowflake and Holly collage stamp.  I sponged (using cut and dry foam) some Cosmic Shimmer glue on my stamp, getting a good even coating, then stamped on my cardstock. I immediately cleaned the stamp with some soapy water and a toothbrush. By the time I'd done that, the glue was tacky enough on the cs 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 added a small vertical sentiment, stamped in copper, then matted with copper shimmer cs.

The colours in the gilding flakes are wonderful.  Here's a close-up:

I love the look of gilding flakes and must remember to use them more often.

Please come and join us with a holly card over at CAS Christmas Card Challenge.  You have until March 24th to link up a card.  There is some great inspiration from the rest of our Design Team!

Stamps - Penny Black Snowflake and Holly, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Copper
Paper - white cs, copper shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Cosmic Shimmer Mulled Wine gilding flakes, Cosmic Shimmer glue


  1. Oh my, Susan...your gilded flakes stamped holly collage is so Gorgeous and Creative! TFS your details. I have the gold flakes and I think I have used...once! You have inspired me, my friend. TFS your beauty.

    Congratulations for being on the new challenge DT. You are a natural with your love of making and donating Christmas cards. I can't wait to play. Love and Hugs..

  2. What a gorgeous card with your gilded flakes Susan - that stamp is just beautiful and perfect for the flakes - I don't usually like vertical sentiments but yours is just what is needed here! Congrats on being on the DT for this great new challenge blog! Julia xx

  3. Now that is one creative and unique card. Fabulous idea to use the flakes and what a wonderful effect. You have certainly hit the ground running with the new challenge. Thank you for the stunning inspiration Susan x

  4. WOW...this card is just STUNNING Susan!! I bet the shimmer from the gilded flakes in real life is just amazing!! Absolutely love the stamp you used too...I think I might NEED that stamp! :0) Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

  5. I love this gorgeous gilding flake holly card, Susan! It’s simply stunning with all the shades and shines of the colors! You’ve made a very festive holly card with non-traditional colors! The vertical sentiment matches the flow of the holly – such a great design! Hideko xx

  6. These gilding flakes make the most gorgeous holly, my friend! Love this holly stamp and the technique you used!

  7. I really should pull out my gilding flakes, I just love the sparkly effect and the beautiful CAS image.
    Susan I'm so happy to be on the CAS Christmas Card challeng with you we are going to have so much fun :)

  8. It's just gorgeous & glowing. Love that you selected a 'coppery' look for this card. I love gilding flakes too, but each time I've tried, I end up with a big mess! You have a lovely card for this challenge launch. TFS

  9. Love this non-traditional holly Christmas card, Susan! Striking effect with the gilding flakes. Amazing texture and shine. I know gilding flakes are messy, but they are just so gorgeous as you’ve beautifully displayed. I need to get some and my hubby can just deal with it. 😂
    You are starting off with a bang. Looking forward to working with you and being inspired by you. xx

  10. The gilding flakes are gorgeous ... such beautiful colours and a wonderful stamp. Love the copper accents --- perfect match!! So happy that you are on the team. Christmas cards are both our favourite cards to make, so are going to have even more fun with this challenge. xx

  11. You are definitely an awesome CCCC DT!! What a gorgeous piece, the gilding flakes are the perfect choice, so Christmis-sy :P I would love to be there to see it live.
    Congrats on the smart move, will miss you xx

  12. so pretty Susan...has such a great sense of movement like the wind blowing the snowy branches.
    xx Karen

  13. This is gorgeous, Susan! I have never used the gilded flakes. Have to try that some time. So thrilled to be a part of this team! XX


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