Industrial Chic – Gilding Polish, Texture Paste and Pixie Powders

Hello crafters!

Here is a card made at our regular card-making classes.  All the featured cards have been made by the lovely people who come to our classes. 🙂

This card was made using Sue Wilson Industrial Chic Dies, Gilding Polishes and Texture Paste sprinkled with Pixie Powders.  It also uses Phill’s Timeless Stamp collection and A5 Stencils to co-ordinate with the masculine, industrial theme.

We gave our lovely crafters the choice of making a standard opening card or a twisted easel card, so we have included examples of each for you in the gallery.

Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cuts needed as below:

  • Card Blank – 17cm x 17cm
  • Easel Back Card – 17cm x 17cm (you don’t need this layer if you’re making a standard card)
  • Layer 1 – 16cm x 16cm – Gilding Polish layer
  • Layer 2 – 15cm x 15cm – Texture Paste layer
  • Layer 3 – 13cm x 7cm – Gilding Polish layer
  • Layer 4 – 12.5cm x 6.5cm – Stamped layer (Timeless)
  • Easel Base Layer – 16.5cm x 16.5cm – Embossed with Fine Finials embossing folder (if making a standard card, use this for the inside of the card if you wish)
  • Die Cuts:
    • Sue Wilson Industrial Chic Frame & Tag Die
    • Sue Wilson Industrial Chic Mixed Essentials Die (choose any selection you wish)

Stage 2 – Using the smallest square layer (15cm x 15cm), choose your colour of Texture Paste in either Sparkle or Pearl and whichever Stencil you like.  Apply the texture paste with a spatula evenly through the Stencil, putting any excess back in the pot.

TIP -Remember to use long strokes when applying texture paste and try to apply in the same direction (i.e. up/down).  As Phill would say ‘you’re not buttering bread’! 🙂 .

Choose one, two or three Pixie Powders to compliment your colour and tap over the wet texture paste.  You can apply the Pixie Powders with the Stencil still in place or after you remove it; it’s personal preference, but I keep the stencil on.   Leave to dry fully.  ( 30 mins to 1 hour depending on air temperature)

Our crafter has used the ‘Grunge Dots’ A5 Stencil with Decadent Teal Sparkle Texture Paste and Pixie Powders in just Copper. (left image)

The right image is made with ‘Grunge Dots’  and Frosted Sky Pearl Texture Paste with Pixie Powders in Copper, Bronze and Midnight Blue.

Stage 3 – Choose your Gilding Polish Colours and apply to the appropriate layers and die cuts where you wish.  Using two Gilding Polishes enables you to create that ‘grungy’ look.  We used our finger to create the softer, distressed look with our second colour.

TIP- If you’re making the easel card version be sure to use the smallest die from the Frame & Tag Die Set as this makes the stopper for the base card.

Here our crafter has used ‘Mint’ and Copper Shine’ Gilding Polishes and I love it!

Stage 4 – Stamp the background layer and your sentiment using the ‘Timeless Stamp Collection.  Here our crafter has used two Distress Oxide Colours (Peacock Feathers and Walnut Stain)  to create that co-ordinated look.

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Stage 5 – Assemble all the layers using foam tape where you wish, but definitely on the Frame & Tag topper to add dimension.

TIP – If making the twisted easel card remember to include the easel back card layer so it can stand up! At this point it will be flat card as we need to add it to the easel!

Apply the embossed layer to the inside/base of the card.

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Making the Twisted Easel – to make the twisted easel place the card blank so the card opens upwards as in the photo below.  Take the top left corner and fold over to meet the right middle corner. Crease the fold really well.  This creates the stand for your Easel Back Card.

Apply glue generously to the front of the folded over piece and stick down your main card layer so it faces you.

TIP – I always keep the card blank facing this way, so that I know I am sticking it down right!

Now you have to place the stopper die cut piece on the base layer, so that your easel actually stand up!  As a general rule I place the stopper half way or a little higher.

The Full Cards

Here’s what we used with links to the website…

We hope you enjoy making this card!



Pixie Powders on Acetate with Lavish Leaves

Following on from Phill’s popular last post, here is another card made using Pixie Powders on Acetate.  This time we have used Phill’s Lavish Leaves Stamp Collection and Sue Wilson Classic Adorned Hexagon Dies.

All our sample cards have been made by crafters at our workshops.  I am sure you agree, they did a brilliant job.

It doesn’t matter what colour Pixie Powders you choose, they’re all gorgeous.  We just love this technique! 🙂

This card is a DL Easel card made by cutting an 8×8 card blank in half.  All the Pixie Acetate pieces have been made from an A5 piece of Heat Resistant Acetate, meaning you get a lot of card for your products!

We have used the smaller hexagons from this stunning die set to create the focal point and little stopper.


  • When you cut out the Pixie Acetate pieces make sure you stick the hexagon pieces right to the bottom of the A5 Acetate sheet.  This will ensure you have a good size strip for the bottom layer.
  • Don’t use too much glue when sticking down the Pixie Acetate pieces and only glue the edges.  It will grab the tissue paper quickly.


Here is what we used on this card with links to the website…

Remember, we are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style!

Happy Crafting!


Pixie Powders, Acetate & Hexagons!

Hello Crafters

I’m a huge fan of Pixie Powders!

If you’ve met me at any craft shows or any of my workshops, you’ll know that (so far!) I’ve painted with them, added them to clear texture paste, misted with them, added them to my own colour pearl texture paste, made backgrounds with them, stamped with them, made die cut flowers fabulous with them and the list goes on!

Such an inexpensive product, but sooo many ways to use them!

My latest ‘fad’, is using them with acetate and tissue paper (thank to my mate Julia!), you know me,.. if I can find a ‘cleaner’ way to do things, then I will (so I did!)

Here is a little list of what I used (with links to my website, should you ‘need’ to treat yourself to any of the products)

This 8×8 card here is one of mine that we recreated at our November Craftathon last Sunday (huge thanks to everyone who made this such an amazing day!)


This is soooooo easy to do! Here we go:

I’ll tell you how I did the pixie on acetate technique as you can see from the photo how I have layered the card and die cuts etc

  • Die cut a hexagon using the double stitched hexagon dies and the heat resistant acetate.
  • Lay the acetate hexagon face down on a blending mat (have you seen my new ones on the website yet??!) then drizzle some of the pva glue all over it, don’t absolutely cover the hexagon in glue though.
  • Mist the glue with water, then spread evenly over the acetate. (don’t worry if there are small gaps in the glue,.. it does tend to recede a little from the acetate)
  • Tap on plenty of pixie powder (I stayed with one colour on this card, but you can go to town if you like and add as many as you want) Again, the acetate does not have to be absolutely covered in pixie powder, but don’t be tight with it ha ha
  • Sprinkle on some glitter if you wish – I’ve found the Diamond Frost glitters work best for this, but you can use glitter jewels/glitterbits (just don’t use as much with the chunkier ones)
  • Lightly mist with water ahain to make sure there are no ‘chunks’ of pixie powder.
  • Scrunch up your tissue paper, unravel and place all over the glue/pixie’d side.

TOP TIP – Use an acrylic block to press and flatten the tissue paper into the acetate (not your hand!

  • Leave to dry – OK, as we are using heat resistant acetate, you can speed up the drying process with your heat tool, BUT I think it’s best to leave it to dry naturally (as long as your patience will allow) ha ha
  • Assemble your card as per the photo (or however you wish)

It’s a fab technique and, if I’m honest, if I was making this card for myself, with no workshop time constraints, I’d have done some of the poinsettias in acetate too 🙂

Have a play,.. use your fave colours,.. it’s not a specifically Christmas technique, it works on all styles/themes,.. have fun!

Happy Crafting!

Phill Signature 2

Chocolate Baroque

Hello crafters!

Here is a card made using the beautiful Chocolate Baroque Stamps ‘Mackintosh Beauty’ coloured with Alcohol Pens and a Pixie Powder Background.  We have also used Phill’s Sentimentally Yours Butterfly Elegance Icons and Crackled Background Stamp and Sue Wilson Cascading Butterflies Die.

Stage 1 – Cut out all the Die Cut pieces and Card Layers needed for your card.

  • 15cm x 15cm – White Card Blank
  • Layer 1 – 14.5cm x 14.5cm – Coloured
  • Layer 2 – 14cm x 14cm – Pixie Powders
  • 4.5cm x 11.5cm – Coloured
  • 4cm x 11cm – White

Stage 2 – Stamp your image with Memento Inks.  Choose your Alcohol Pens for colouring your image.  Try to use darker and lighter shades of the same colour palette to create shading.  Cut out the image. Colour your Butterflies using the Alcohol Pens to co-ordinate with your image.

Image Stamp

Stage 3 – Use one of the Alcohol Pens to colour the edge of the card layers.  If your pens have a chisel tip this will be easier.

Stage 4 – Choose your Pixie Powder colours to co-ordinate with your scheme. On our sample card we have used Purple Violet and White Pearl.  Tap the Pixie Powders onto your card layer and spritz with water until they start to run slightly.  You can soften the intensity of Pixie Powders if you use kitchen roll to absorb the inks.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

Pixie Image

Stage 5 – Using Black Memento Ink stamp your images onto the Pixie Powder layer.

Stage 6 –  Layer up your card using foam tape where you wish and add glitter.

The Full Card

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Here’s what we used with links to our website…

Other card samples made using Chocolate Baroque Stamps

Remember, we are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your style!

Happy Crafting!



Festive Stencils, Texture Paste & Pixie Powders!

Hello Everyone

Now this is just plain ole crazy, right? Two Blog posts on the same day! ha ha

I don’t know if you have seen my new Festive stencils or not, but I absolutely love them! They sold out in about 20 minutes when I had them on Hochanda as part of the Creative Expressions takeover weekend, so I didn’t really get to demo them properly!

They’ve been so popular (and thank you for that!) that I cannot keep stock in either my Nottingham or Sheffield shops for too long, which means you are loving them as much as I do 🙂

I wanted to show you this card, created in two ways, but with the same stencil, Christmas Ornaments,

This first card, let’s call it the red and green one, was created using clear texture paste, with a sprinkle of Lava Red and Emerald Green Pixie Powders, then just a little sprinkle of the fab Diamond Frost (Frosty Dawn option) glitter.

If you haven’t used texture paste before, it’s really easy, just spread through the stencil with a spatula (like spreading butter on toast!) remembering to cover the areas you don’t want paste to go through with Scotch Removable Tape (only one I will use, it doesn’t tear your card!)

Hopefully you can see how clear the baubles are and, perhaps more impressive, how clear the actual sentiment stencil is too (this is a big thing for me, shows hte great quality of these stencils!)

The second card, we’ll call this the Gold and Silver one, was created with my New Gold and Platinum Sparkle Texture Pastes and then a sprinkle of Iced Snow Glitter Jewels to give even more sparkle!

*In both cases* I apply the paste, then remove the stencil before adding anything (pixies/glitter etc)

The sparkle texture pastes are a great way to get used to the technique as they are a little thicker, so a lot more forgiving (less chance of seeping under the stencil)

To recreate these cards, here is a little list of what I used (with links to my website, should you ‘need’ to treat yourself to any of the products.)

Anyhoo, I’ve rattled on long enough! Here are the cards…

Hope you like them, I really love DL sized cards at the moment and the Stencils are great for this size too!

Have a go,.. easy to do and beautiful result, whichever products you use.. 🙂

Happy Crafting!

Phill Signature 2