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Trending: Gold | Part 2 – How to Gold Foil

Hi everyone! This is Ashley today, back with the second installment in my Trending:Gold series. (To read part one, click here.) One of my long-time favorite mixed media supplies is gold leaf, and today I have a step-by-step tutorial video to share to show you how you can create your own vintage wallpaper-inspired gilded paper.

The gold leaf and glue pad used in the tutorial are supplied by Stewart Superior, and are included in the great gold give-away this month! Don’t forget to leave a comment on each Trending:Gold article for your chance to win!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts. Tags: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts, Avery. Alphabet Stickers: Glitz Design. Bows: Vintage Seam Binding, Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. Gesso: Liquitex. Gold Leaf: Stewart Superior. Glue Pad: Stewart Superior. Ink: Stewart Superior (yellow). Photo Corners: Etsy (Ashley Calder & the Things That Shine).

Create unity on your page by adding in other small gold embellishments to complement and support a bold gold feature piece, like the gold foil paper we’re making today. To create balance on the page, I added in a few small gold touches. I didn’t want to overwhelm the gilded paper with lots of other gold on the page, so I added gold in small, muted doses. Two small gold glitter photo corners, a gold washi tape punched bow, and burnished gold letter stickers create a three-point triangular frame around the gilded damask paper.


For this layout, I used a vintage dictionary page covered with gesso, and then I created a gilded damask pattern using gold leaf. The gold leaf is adhered using a glue pad (Stewart Superior). Briefly, to use Stewart Superior gold leaf with the Palette glue pad:

  1. Seal surface for gilding. Porous surfaces like paper absorb the glue, and the leaf does not adhere well.
  2. Stamp image to be gilded using Stewart Superior Palette glue pad.
  3. Dry stamped glue image for 20-30 seconds using a heat gun. Glue must be completely dry; look for change from “shiny” when wet, to matte when dry.
  4. Apply gold leaf sheet over stamped image, covering stamped image completely.
  5. Burnish into place using soft brush.
  6. Brush away excess, un-adhered gold leaf.

See the step-by-step video below!


Stuck for color inspiration and don’t know what to pair with your gilded paper? Check out my Trending:Gold Pinterest board for color inspiration! Here I kept the page colorway fairly muted, with mint green and peachy tones, so the rest of the page wouldn’t compete with my gilded damask paper – or my photo.


And now, for the give-away! This month I have an AMAZING prize to give away, thanks to my very generous sponsors. You’ll want to make sure to stop in every week and leave a comment for your chance to win this prize pack, that certainly must be worth its weight in gold (pun intended).

Giveaway Rules:
  • Leave one comment per Trending:Gold post.
  • Contest closes on April 15th.
  • Winner will be contacted April 16th, and announced on my next Trending series article.
  • Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.
Thanks very much to our wonderful giveaway sponsors American CraftsPink PaisleeHeidi SwappPrima MarketingOmiyage, and Stewart Superior.
For close-ups of the fabulous products included in the giveaway, visit my blog.
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). WOW.

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56 Responses to Trending: Gold | Part 2 – How to Gold Foil

  1. Anne Bulat April 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Thanks for another gold post. Have always wanted to try gold leaf but never have.

  2. Carol April 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Love this layout! And the vintage ‘wallpaper’ page is amazing! I somehow managed to miss Part 1, so as soon as I am finished watching the video, I am going to hunt it down! Where do you come up with all of your ideas?

  3. Devra April 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Great tutorial, thank you. Loving all the gold!

  4. Ann April 3, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Fantastic tutorial! Thank you! I’m absolutely loving all things gold right now!

  5. Mona April 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    This was fascinating post. I’m very appreciative of the tutorial on gold leafing. I now see it is doable for me too. Thanks

  6. Kim A. April 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    Gorgeous layout! Love the gold leaf & love the journaling.

  7. IrmaPeredne April 4, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial! You managed to use such a strong gold print, yet it doesn’t overwhelm the photo. Love it!

  8. Stephanie Bonin April 4, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Great tutorial. I love gold leaf.

  9. Margie Visnick April 4, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Gorgeous layout!!

  10. Tammy April 4, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    This is so awesome! I love the look of the gold leafing used in the layout!

  11. Tessa April 4, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Pretty gold leafed paper! Very nice layout.

  12. Danielle April 4, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    I loved this video and the layout is beautiful! I am glad that you decided to keep the full sheet on display.

  13. Jane S April 4, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Ashley great demo. I have worked with a different gold leaf and these sheets look much easier and have a better effect than the ones I tried. They are so pretty when finished. So worth it.Thanks for the generous giveaway. Jane S

  14. Elyssa April 4, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Beautiful layout. I have never tried using the leafing, have always been a little intimidated. You’ve inspired me though…going to give it a try!

  15. Loydene April 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder about gold leaf!

  16. Melissa April 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I’ve been waiting and waiting for this next installment, especially after the sneak! You did an AWESOME job, Ashley. The effect is very dreamy and I can’t wait to give it a try. Lovely layered tags and beautiful baby girl you have!

  17. Nancy Grant April 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    I would of never thought of using gold leaf. It looks amazing!

  18. Charlene M. April 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I’ve always wondered how to use gold leaf, so thank you for the video. Very nice layout.

  19. Louise April 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    great layout – and loved the video. I’ve never tried gold leaf but will have too now, the effect is fantastic…thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Stephanie Anguiano April 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    This is amazing on so many levels. Gold, tags and a vintage typewriter…. I’m thinking I’m in heaven. Thank you so much for sharing

  21. plmelin April 4, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Beautiful! Love the richness of the gold!

  22. Bethany Becker April 4, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    Amazing work and great tips! You may convince me to use gold!

  23. artfulscrapbooking April 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    Wonderful instructional video and beautiful layout! Again, always learn so much in your articles!!! xo Evie

  24. TerrieF April 5, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Thanks for the video. My eyes have been re-opened to gold!

  25. Heather V April 5, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I love that look! I’ve been wanting to try gold leaf and have been afraid to mess it up for some reason. Thanks for the great tips!

  26. elle April 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    love it! Great tips for using gold leaf!

  27. RachelV (noscrappymojo) April 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Love that paper you made with the dictionary page and gold leaf. How pretty!

  28. Kim R. April 7, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    What an awesome giveaway. I’ve never tried gold leaf….I’ll have to check it out soon!

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

    That looks so beautiful, I may just have to try it!

  30. Vicki B April 8, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Wowsa, gold foiling is so gorgeous!! Thank you for the chance to win the incredible giveaway!!

  31. Cristina April 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Wow, this is so cool!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  32. Courtney April 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have always wondered how to use gold leaf, and you made it so easy to follow! Can’t wait to try it!

  33. Karenajo April 9, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Love the vintage wallpaper and your great tutorial ! Thanks for sharing how to use the gold leaf product. Great finished layout !

  34. Viji April 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Wow that is just stunning! Love the tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Tamara Voss April 12, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    Thank you for the tips and inspiration. I love the rich look of gold, but have never tried using gold leaf. Now you have given me the push to give it a try.

  36. Susan L. April 12, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    Thanks for the “golden” opportunity! ;-)

  37. Juliana Michaels April 12, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Gorgeous layout and loved the video! Totally inspired!!!

  38. Jean_H April 12, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Great tutorial. Thanks! And amazing prize pack! I’m hosting a crop for National Scrapbooking Day – we could have a lot of fun playing with those goodies!!

  39. Cindy deRosier April 12, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    I’ve always wanted to try this!

  40. Tammy ScrappyDoodads Kist April 12, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    I also love the fact that you gesso’d a vintage dictionary page, and I LOVE that “cluster” of tags!!!

  41. Andrea Friebus April 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Love the gold leafing!
    (Pick me to win the prize…pick me to win the prize…)

  42. Mary in IL April 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    thanks for the video, very inspirational for me

    • Mary in IL April 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      Oh, and i forgot to say that I loved your gold nail polish too! :-)

  43. AllisonLP April 13, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    i’ve bought some gold stuff, but i’m still stuck on my silver love. gonna have to break out the gold soon!

  44. Laura (@Bookworm) April 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Thanks for the video — I’ve never worked with gold leaf before (and found the concept a bit intimidating) but it doesn’t look too, too scary. :)

  45. Candy April 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    I love the gold leaf look. Esp. like edges to have a rim of gold leafing. So formal and so eye catching! Thank you for the technique!

  46. Gab April 20, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    Great LO!

  47. Lynda Fullen April 20, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Thanks for all the good information. I have never used this product and I am looking forward to giving it a try.

  48. Pamela Haskin April 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    This is a great video. I’ve never worked with gold leaf, but I think now I must give it a try.
    I also love your gold fingernails! Gorgeous.

  49. Sandy Lewis April 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    I have always wanted to try this – I will now!

  50. Mary Durkin April 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Interesting! Love to win the prize package

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