Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The Last Day - The final countdown........

Well, this is it gang, just a few hours to go.  I'm a tad nervous - silly isn't it.  It feels much a long time since I've been on the TV, it's almost like starting back at the beg inning.  Gulp.  Needless to say, I've glue and ink all over my fingers, I still need to do my ironing, and I'm not sure where my nail file is....so business as usual then :)   I would hate you to think I'd changed and got myself all organised in the last 6 months.

The last challenge (for now, but I have enjoyed them, so I'm sure I'll chuck a few in here and there).  The winner this week was Patricia Howarth. Congratulations Patricia, if you email me with your address I will get your card sent out for you (eventually, I'm a little behind with my posting).  My email address is: leoniepujol@hotmail.co.uk.

Patricia challenged me to use:
vellum or parchment
Gilding Flakes
Distress Pens.

After a little while, I'm afraid I had to give up the search for my distress pens - so I replaced them with distress inks.  To be honest, I probably would have used the pens in the same way, as some ink can be too wet on vellum causing it to stretch and bubble.

Okay, here's what I did:

I found some nice old vellum which I've had for ages, and love!!


I used a script stamp, and my Glitter and Glue adhesive from Cosmic Shimmer, which I added to the stamp.  I stamped onto the vellum you may just be able to see faint writing on the vellum left by the glue


I then applied my gilding flakes


Remove the excess flakes with a brush, and look how stunning they shine


I ripped the vellum at an angle


I then used a lovely stampendous stamp, and embossed it with gold embossing powder, onto another piece of decorative vellum


I used my distress ink directly onto my craft sheet


Using an old, dry babywipe wrapped round a paper stump, I worked the ink into the stamped image.  Do this at the back of the stamped image for a subtle coloured finish



When you turn it over, the colour will be nice and soft, and you will get the shine from the embossing


I placed it onto my gilded vellum, and love the way the gilding can be seen through the stamped image, however, I feel the flowers need to stand out a little


In order to do this, I stamped the image again, but this time onto a piece of cream card, and cut out the main little flowers


When you place the image behind the vellum, it does accentuate the flowers - I like this technique as it's just pinpointing a specific image


I worked out where my flowers where going to be in order to then stamp onto the card, and cover with the gilding flakes



Sticking the vellum down is always tricky, so I put the glue directly onto the card


and then rubbed it into the card


This is a perfect way to stick the vellum down without seeing loads of glue.  I positioned the flowers precisely where I needed them


I then added my flowers on top.  Again, the glue can be tricky, but I added it just around the edge under the embossing.  I mat and layered everything....


And as usual, fell out with it!  So, I trimmed everything down, and popped it on some black card, which I think makes it stand out much better


The final piece, you can see how the gold shows beautifully through the vellum


Nice isn't it.


That's it!  The final blog post.  The next one will be finally letting you know where I'm going to turn up!!  

I hope you will join me tomorrow :)  

24 comments:

Jackie S * said...

can't wait Leonie, hope my guessing is right! x

Joanne said...

Get your scrubbie working, get to bed, see you tomorrow - somewhere xxxxx

Jan Sharp said...

See you tomorrow. Good luck and keep smiling x

Margaret A said...

It's been a pleasure sharing this little section of your life. Onward and upwards now love..it's time to shine. Hope this next chapter is outstanding for you. You deserve it. X

Margaret A said...

It's been a pleasure sharing this little section of your life. Onward and upwards now love..it's time to shine. Hope this next chapter is outstanding for you. You deserve it. X

nikki goddard said...

It's lovely and good luck on ur new adventure I'm sure we will all see you soon xx

sheila joss said...

you are certainly finishing/starting on a high note! cannot wait to hear what happens next!

julie_woolston said...

Gorgeous card Leonie, hugs for tomorrow hope your not too nervous, I can't wait for the news...
Hugs Julie xxx

Rosanna Wren said...

Good luck! Can't wait!
Rosanna x

Olive Ann Jones said...

loved your latest make, good luck for tomorrow and hope to see you somewhere soon xx

Lisa Dryden said...

Good luck x I will be looking through the channels x

Ruthieroo said...

Don't be nervous, you will be a star wherever you go! Love and all good wishes, Ruth

karenlotty said...

So so pretty. I love how the gilding flaked vellum shows through. Good luck for tomorrow. I'm working from home tomorrow (whoop whoop!) and will be channel hopping to find you!

Pauline Delaney said...

Good luck though you won't need it we have missed seeing you on TV and I look forward to you spreading your crafty happiness into our homes once again xx

Jeanette Butler said...

This is gorgeous, so many elements to grab the eye. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, wherever it may be. Have enjoyed following your blog countdown, your step by steps are great, very clear and helpful. It must have been lovely for you to have such creative, crafting freedom again.long may it continue. Wishing you success and happiness in your new job. Jeanette xx

Cazro said...

Stunning. your a very talented young lady. Go girl go. Caz

Myra said...

Lovely Again Leonie!
Wishing you the very very best!
Hugs, Myra xxxx

Crafty bunny said...

Really loved filling the void of your absence from the tv by watching your daily blog.You are such a talented lady who has inspired me to do more mixed media projects which in turn have helped me battle against my depression and ill-health. Can't wait to see you on Hochanda...you'll fit in so well with their friendly relaxed style, I'm sure!

hollyberry said...

Such a beautiful card to end this part of your journey. Have loved being along for the ride. You have encouraged and inspired from afar with your blog thank you.

Jackie Durrant said...

A smashing card to end your crafty countdown Leonie. Thank you so much for all the ideas and congratulations to Patricia for picking the items in this challenge. My very best wishes Jackie x

SpookysCraftyMess said...

GOOD LUCK LEONIE, IT'S BEEN GREAT FOLLOWING YOU ON THIS COUNTDOWN JOURNEY, AND I NOW LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON YOUR NEW JOURNEY, YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN INSPIRATION FOR ME, FROM THE DAYS I LEARNT WHAT AN ATC WAS WHEN I GOT YOU BOOK.. THEN LEARNT TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOOK ON CRAFTING.. SO KEEP UP THE GREAT CRAFTY WORK HUGS BARBARA XX

Tracy Welham said...

Fantastic card. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Linda Simpson said...

Fabulous card and congratulations on your job at HOCHANDA.
Best wishes
Linda xxx

Karen Petitt said...

Another beautiful project Leonie. I have, some how, managed to miss every show you've been on which means I am not a happy bunny lol! So very happy to hear it is going well though huni. I hope to catch up next week with your shows. Enjoy yourself and enjoy the process - there are many of us hoping you do very well hun Karen x