Thanks for joining me today.
It’s late I know.
Long catch up day at the office,
and then when I came up here to chat to you,
what should I find, but some pots of Inka Gold to play with…
These two spoke to me, Old Gold and Haematite together.
Now I know you can rub this lovely metallic wax on all sorts of surfaces, from wood to canvas, from card to glass.
I know you can buff it to a high-gloss, so that it looks like real metal. And it actually does.
But there’s a particular look I have loved forever, when you capture the outline of a stencil image, and now I have finally figured out how to get it with these waxes.
Stumbled upon it playing, and boy! Is it easy!
I attached my old fave, the Leafy Swirl Stencil,
to a craft mat using masking tape.
Using one of the sponge thingies,
I lightly pounced a little of the Haematite blue into the centre area,
and here and there. You have to know I had no clue where I was going; I wanted to see whether I could lift the Inka-Gold off the stencil.
I deposited it to the side of the mat, and loaded the sponge from the craft mat, then gently pounced Old Gold over the whole area. You don’t need much! It pounces a long way!
It dried very quickly on the craft mat, and I did try to spray lightly with water and pull a print, but that didn’t really go as well as I had hoped, so I abandoned that part, wiped the mat clean with water and a paper towel (easy!), and pressed on. Literally!
Spritzed the stencil oh so lightly in the air with water,
just to refresh the gold, laid a sheet of our stencil card on the damp stencil and brayered over the back to press the card down onto the stencil.
Here’s a close up, so you can see what I mean about catching the outline of the stencil art. See?
There was still a load if the Inka-Gold on the stencil, so I decided to have another run at it, but this time use much more water,
and a mangle! So out with E-Bosser. (any embossing machine will do nicely as a mangle, thank you)
A fabulous, subtle metallic imprint.
The photo really doesn’t do this justice,
not even close up:
So I now had a dry version and a wet version.
Both very charming.
See how the Haematite blends together with the Gold?
Still lots of the Inka-Gold on the stencil,
so how about on black card?
Spritzed the stencil with water in the air again,
laid it wet side down on the black card, which in turn was lying on the rubber shim, all set to emboss.
stencil wet side down on black card,
D, B, A.
What a result. It looks so classy.
I have tried this with metallic inks and paints,
but never achieved this level of clarity on the outline.
Jetlag kicking in good and proper now, so it’s bedtime.
But I think I am going to have a few days on the Inka Gold trail.
I like the consistency of this wax.
We have started selling the Viva Decor range, because it is excellent, top German quality and at a reasonable price.
Check it out.
I shall turn these pieces into cards over the coming days…
Love & Hugs,