Step 1: Stamp with Gluepad or apply Stamp & Stick directly to surface.
Step 2: Heat to activate glue.
Step 3: Apply glitter, accent powder or metal leaf.
Step4: Burnish off excess material with soft brush or crumpled tissue.
Step 5: Use the created image on your card or scrapbook.
Tips for the Best Results
- When the directions say heat until tacky...it actually means heat to activate. We have found that it is virtually impossible to overheat it; you're more likely to burn your paper. However, this also means that it must be heat set all the way. Any patches of wet ink will cause whatever media you apply to it, to smear.
- When you're working with gold leaf, pearl powders and chalks, we have found that these can be applied to a variety of surfaces. The gold leaf looks especially brilliant on black linen paper, but it can also be used on glass, plastic, a leather picture album, finished and un-finished wood...
- Glitter, however must be used on a non-porous surface. Of all the media that we are talking about, glitter is the one that wants to stick the least. It needs that extra oomph, if you will, to hold.
- So, when starting, stamp your image with the gluepad and heat to activate, this usually takes between 20-30 seconds, depending on the size of your image. When done, check to make sure that there aren't any spots of wet ink, and then apply your media.
- With the metal leaf, we have found that for the most solid coverage the sheets work the best. Because this pad is as sticky as it is, any amount of media will stick. In other words, this pad will only hold one layer of media, so even if one spot gets covered with the smallest, tiniest piece of leafing, that's all it is going to hold. So, the sheets help to ensure that every bit of the image is getting the fullest piece of leaf possible. The same holds true for glitter. We have found that the smaller the grain of glitter, the shinier it will look, but, again, it is only going to hold one layer. It has a much different, flatter, look than glitter with tacky glue or embossing tinsel.
- To remove excess leafing, use a large bristle texture or stipple brush and brush off in small circles. This will clean up the edges and brighten up the leaf.
- For glitter, tap off as much as you can, then rub it in with your fingertip. Any excess can then be removed with a tissue or cotton ball.
- It is recommended to use a sealer on the metal leaf. You can seal with acrylic sprays, such as clear clear coat spray or Krylon crystal clear # 1303. For brush-on varnishes use 45 sealer or other solvent based varnishes. Do not use water base varnishes. The sealer will keep the metal from oxidizing, tarnishing or deteriorating from handling. It is always a good idea to seal any leafed project with a minimum of two coats of sealer or varnish. Spray sealers will maintain more of the leaf’s original brilliance and color. Brush on sealers will deepen the color of the leaf. For a decorative object that will not be handled much, like a picture frame, the spray sealer is the best choice. For an object that might be handled frequently or be subject to extra wear, the brush-on sealer will give more protection.Leandro office if you have any further questions, or if you have a great technique you’d love to share! Have fun!