Today is the 12th and it's time for the Hot Mess = Success challenge. This challenge is the brain child of our friend Kelly on Splitcoast Stampers. The whole idea is to get messy. The messiness can take any form, just as long as it meets our personal definition of messy. And, from this, will emerge a card.
Here's my final result:Everything here started as plain white card stock.
This is my first run using Creative Expression's Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish.
The background features Mediterranean Blue and Lush Pink.
A Mandala stencil by Gina K Designs was then used with Gold Treasure Gilding Polish.
White card stock was sponged with Mediterranean Blue and Lush Pink for the shadow die cut on the "Hello" sentiment. The hello was die cut with stock sponged with the Gold Treasure Gilding Polish. Both of these dies are also by Gina K Designs.
Here's a picture of the card base showing the gold, blue and pink polishes sponged around the edges. It occurs to me that this would be a great frame for a stamped image in the white center!
This is what the cut panel looks like before the Mandala was stenciled on.
Here's the Mandala stencil, taped onto the panel and with the gold polish. The polish dries very quickly and I found that daubing a thicker layer worked best with the stenciling step.
I didn't use Pixie Spray to adhere the stencil to the panel. I used Scrapbook.com's Mint Tape to hold the panel to my work surface and the stencil. If you haven't tried this tape, you really should. It's great!
The Gilding Polish is water soluble so when I removed it from the panel I dropped it into some soapy water and came back to it later. A quick swipe with a rag and rinse with clean water and the stencil was like new!
During the process, I had the required mess on my hands, work mat, etc. But it cleans up so easily, so it didn't make me stressed. In fact, I polished a nail and really liked how it looked.
There are a lot of videos on You Tube with tutorials for using Metallic Gilding Polish. It's a very fun and versatile product.
I hope you try some out.
Now I'm off to these blogs to admire the Hot Mess Successes created by my friends: