Something a little more current than the last post - in fact I think this might be either a first, or part of a very exclusive club LOL. I have actually tried out a new stamp within ten minutes of its arrival!!!!
The stamp set in question is the Moroccan Nights from the latest Stampin Up catalogue. I did hesitate over buying it, as I am not sure what I am going to do with the lantern images, but the medallion just called to me :-)
I knew I wanted to try it with gilding flakes when I first set eyes on it, so that's what I tried first. I got an Indigo Blu starter kit some time ago, have used it a couple of times, and it's high up on my "I really must use that more often" list. So here are Autumn Blaze, Morris Dance (both from IB starter kit) and Mulled Wine flakes from Cosmic Shimmer. I did have a go with Chocolate Box (IB), but I stamped too enthusiastically and there was too much glue to give a good result, or even one worth photographing LOL. I'm also including a picture of some essential pieces of kit for using gilding flakes .... First, anti static tumble dryer sheets as the stuff floats everywhere and clings everywhere it lands! Second, a mini dustpan and brush for clearing it all up. I got mine from the Glitter Pot, but there are a few different brands around. Also really good for clearing embossing powder off your desk LOL.
Next up was to use embossing powder. I had also ordered some SU embossing powders, as I wanted to try the new copper and someone had recommended either the silver or the gold, since I couldn't remember I ordered them both! The silver didn't photograph at all well, I'll try to get a decent pic another time, but it does look fine. The gold and copper, and indeed the silver, seem to have a matte metallic effect, although they shine, it's in a subdued kind of way :-). They do look nice and there wasn't any shadowy residue which some brands leave behind. The last colour to try it with was an old one - Verdigris by Stampendous. It's a variegated powder and I wasn't sure how it would hold up to such fine detail, but it looks fantastic and is my favourite of all the embossed ones.
So I have had an experimental kind of day, it's been fun :-)