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

    love your damask pattern on this layout and all the tags

  2. Ann in PA April 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    I have never thought to use gold leaf with a stamp. Thanks for some great inspiration!

  3. Jean bullock April 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Great video. Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Lynn April 22, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    That paper is beautiful.

  5. Nancy a Mitchell April 24, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Oh wow! I LOVE it!!

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