Trending: Gold – Part 1

Hi everyone! This is Ashley today, here to kick off another “Trending” series. For the next few weeks, we are going to talk all about gold! If you’ve ever read my blog, you are already well familiar with how much I love gold. But, it wasn’t always that way! I used to be a dedicated silver girl, and avoided all things gold. It just wasn’t “me”, and I just wouldn’t use it. But oh, how things change! Now I can’t get enough gold! And, there are so many golds to choose from: glitter gold, warm golds, yellow golds, champagne golds, brown golds, gold foil, burnished gold, shiny gold, and mirrored gold…


Supplies: patterned paper (Jillibean Soup); chipboard speech bubbles (Pebbles); glitter letter stickers (American Crafts); acrylic paint (Martha Stewart Crafts in Gold); gold glass glitter; mistable fabric sun (Studio Calico); wood veneer feather (Studio Calico); gold mist (Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine); wood veneer houses (Studio Calico); gold glitter paper (American Crafts).

hottipOn this page, Guard Cat on duty, I combined several types and finishes of gold. By using so many different types of gold, it creates a rich and full finish. If I had only used one type of gold and then added in a second small amount, the page may feel imbalanced and the golds may appear to clash. When in doubt, add more! 

Let’s take a closer look at how many different golds went into this page. I used some of my absolute favorite gold media and gold papers.
  1. Gold glitter paper by American Crafts, put behind plain white cardstock with cut-outs. This is a great alternative to die cutting or electronic cutting that difficult glitter paper. I love how chunky and thick the glitter finish is on this American Crafts paper.
  2. Wood veneer house tapped into Tsukineko Encore! Ultimate Metallic Gold ink pad.
  3. Mistable fabric sun heat embossed with Zing Gold Metallic embossing powder by American Crafts. It is on top of a chipboard speech bubble painted with Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine. The speech bubbles in #4 and #7 were treated the same way.
  4. Gold foam acorn left over from my Christmas decorations! This was snipped right out of a spray and used as-is. Look for gold around you!
  5. Wood veneer feather covered with German gold glass glitter. It is layered on top of a speech bubble cut from resist paper misted with Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine.
  6. Glittered foam American Crafts Thickers. Extra easy sparkle!
  7. Punched burnished gold finish metallic paper.
  8. Cardstock speech bubble painted with Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic paint in Gold. The speech bubble in the lower right corner of the page, with the white bow on top, was painted the same.

Now, if you remember above, I told you when in doubt, add more! But what if more is just too much for you? Well, when more is too much, add less! You could easily replicate the look and style of this page, but only using one or three gold elements. Try to remember to either stick to the same gold (the same tone or the same finish) for a highly matched page or combine completely contrasting golds for a more dynamic page.

I stripped the color out of all of the gold elements from my page, and then chose to add in the gold back in to select areas to demonstrate how you could create an awesome gilded page with just a bit less gold than I used in the first version.

Want to make your title jump and sparkle right off the page? Highlight your title:


Selective use of gold can highlight an icon on your page that helps tell the story. I think the gold house with the gold-misted resist heart above is a really good visual representation of how our little orange guard cat must feel about her home:
Use gold to draw the eye around the page. A cluster of three embellished gold speech bubbles placed around the title and photo really helps lead the viewer from the top of the page, to the title, and right down to the photos.
hottipWhen more is too much, add less! Use selective use and careful placement of gold elements as a design choice and to highlight important features on your page. Sometimes, a lot of gold goes a long way… but sometimes just a little bit of gold goes even farther.


Take a look at my Gold Pinterest board for more gold products, gold inspiration, and gold colorways.

And now, finally, there’s the giveaway! This month we will have an AMAZING prize to give away, thanks to our very generous sponsors. You’ll want to make sure to stop in every week and leave a comment for your chance to win this fabulous prize pack!

Giveaway Rules:
  • Leave one comment per Trending:Gold post.
  • Winner announced April 16th.
  • U.S & Canadian entries only.
Thanks very much to our wonderful sponsors American Crafts, Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp, Prima Marketing, Omiyage, and Stewart Superior.

This give-away prize includes:  6 sheets gold glitter paper (American Crafts); 1 gold dot vellum (American Crafts); 9 packages gold glitter/gold foil Thickers (American Crafts); 4 packages gold glitter brads (American Crafts); 1 package gold pearl brads (American Crafts); 1 package gold glitter buttons (American Crafts); gold rimmed Dear Lizzy brads (American Crafts); gold foil accent stickers (American Crafts); metallic gold chipboard Luxe stars (Pink Paislee); gold glitter letters (Pink Paislee); 4 pack assorted gold glitter (American Crafts); 6 gold glitter tapes (American Crafts); chunky gold glitter, gold microbeads, gold metallic embossing powder, gold glitter finish embossing powder (American Crafts); gold leaf and glue pad (Stewart Superior); gold ink pad (Stewart Superior); gold glitter leaves (Prima); gold metallic leaves (Prima); junkyard gold metallic findings  (Prima); gold tipped zipper flowers (Prima); gold stick pins (Prima); gold accessory pack (Omiyage); Gold Lame Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); gold foil dot chipboard stars (Pink Paislee); gold rub-ons (Pink Paislee).

For close-ups of these fab products included in the give-away, visit my blog.

And many congratulations to our last winner for the Trending:Feathers prize pack, Evie!

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131 Responses to Trending: Gold – Part 1

  1. Anne Bulat April 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    What’s not to love about sparkly, glittery, gold? Loved your post!

  2. Nancy mitchell April 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    I’ve always been a gold girl! I love it!

  3. Carol April 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    A really sweet layout. Like that you have done it two ways. Amazing how different they both look. The gold is really wonderful. It is funny, but your cat looks identical to my daughter’s cat!

  4. Ann April 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Ha! I’ve always been a silver girl as well! Thank goodness, I’m a late gold bloomer! 🙂

  5. Mona April 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    Nothing is richer looking than gold is there? I too have been a silver girl but in my home decor mostly. But for bling and jewelry if it can’t be diamonds then let it be gold! I see gold trending on my paper crafts in the near future. Thanks for turning the light on for us.

  6. Kim A. April 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    So pretty!

  7. Stephanie Bonin April 4, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    I love silver and gold, but the gold really makes a statement on this LO.

  8. Jane S April 4, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Love how the gold ties all the thoughts the cat is having. Really stands out.

  9. Charlene M. April 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    I’m a gold girl too. Very sweet layout.

  10. plmelin April 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Fabulous! So classy and elegant!

  11. Nancy Grant April 4, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    What mix! This is a trend that I didn’t see coming. Looks great!

  12. elle April 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Love it! The gold makes such a fabulous statement!

  13. Thanh April 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Glittery & gold makes everything 10x more fabulous!

  14. Bethany April 7, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    The guard cat is so cute! Gold definitely works really well with its colors.

  15. Patlyn April 8, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Love the Gold!

  16. Courtney April 8, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Haha I hear you on being a silver girl turned gold girl! I always loved silver but bought a pair of flats glittered in gold one day and thought something must be wrong with me! Ha! It was the beginning of something amazing. Anyway, I love the layout with the gold house. You’re right, it does sort of tell a story about how the cat might feel about her home. Too cute.

  17. Karenajo April 9, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Love the look of the different golds – makes such a neat accent for any color. Thanks for sharing your great layout and all the ‘Hot Tips’ !

  18. Viji April 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    I am from India and gold is in my blood! I love gold in everything!Thankyou for sharing!

  19. Jean_H April 12, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Wow, that’s a lot of gold! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  20. Tammy ScrappyDoodads Kist April 12, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    I love this!

  21. anne lambdin April 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    What a plethora of goldness! I just started doing my living room in turquoise and gold accents. Now that is a coinkydink.

  22. Lynda Fullen April 20, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    This promises to be a great series. Looking forward to more.

  23. Pamela Haskin April 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I’ve always been a gold girl. Gold was the first embossing powder I ever bought. Love your page and your cat is gorgeous!

  24. Mary Durkin April 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Love the gold…thanks for the chance to win

  25. serena April 21, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    cute layout. love this new trend.

  26. Ann in PA April 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Love the combo of using gold and silver. Just enough sparkle.

  27. Jean bullock April 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    Being selective about the use of the gold is excellent advice. Great Post.

  28. Lynn April 22, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    Love the gold. Nicely done

  29. Dana May 9, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    That’s gorgeous! I love gold and you’re really inspired me to do this with one of my three cats, if not all three.

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