Trending: Gold | Part 4 – All That Glitters

Hi everyone! This is Ashley today with the fourth installment of my Trending:Gold series. Today I have eight glittery gold layouts to show you, featuring lots of different ways you can add glitter and sparkle to your projects using glitter and embossing powder. Plus, I’ll show you some ways you can get the look without getting messy by using pre-made supplies.

If you are just tuning in now, be sure to go back and check out the earlier installments for more ideas on using gold. Read: Part 1, a gold review; Part 2, on how to use gold foil; and Part 3, on color pairings and inspiration. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each part in this golden series for you chance to win a fabulous prize pack full of gold goodness, provided by our generous sponsors.

1. Gold glitter-dipped

Instead of covering an entire embellishment with gold glitter, try just dipping in an edge. Dip-dying is all the rage in fashion and home decor right now, so keep up your cutting edge in your scrapbooks, too. To achieve this look, simply brush the edges of the embellishment with a liquid glue like Mod Podge, and then sprinkle the glitter on. You can also actually dip your paper right into the glue and let the excess drip off before glitterizing. alittleextrachin_00

Supplies | patterned paper (Studio Calico, Dear Lizzy/American Crafts, Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper); chipboard (Maya Road); embossing powder (American Crafts); glitter (American Crafts); punch (Martha Stewart); embossing ink (Versamark).

In the layout above, I brushed the bow tails with Mod Podge and then sprinkled the wet adhesive with chunky gold glitter by American Crafts. I paired up the glitter-dipped bow with a few Zing gold metallic finish heat embossed chipboard hearts and a handmade rosette embellishment.

getthelookUse pre-glittered paper and a purchased flower and foliage embellishments to quickly reproduce the look above.

Here I used a gold zipper edged flower with a rhinestone center, and gilded leaves, both by Prima, to create a fun and striking fair ribbon embellishment. Instead of dipping the edges of the ribbon tails in glitter this time, I layered gold glitter paper  to create the look of dipping without the glue and glitter-sprinkling.


Supplies | patterned paper (Fancy Pants, Amy Tangerine/American Crafts, Glitz Design); glitter paper (American Crafts); glitter (American Crafts); zipper flower (Prima); gilded leaves (Prima); stick pin (Prima); chipboard (Basic Grey, Maya Road); mist (Heidi Swapp).

However, I couldn’t resist adding just a bit of glitter to this page, so I pinned a chunky gold glitter dipped kraft tag to the zippered flower using a metallic gold hat pin by Prima. Then I covered a chipboard bottle cap with gold tinsel glitter. This time I set the glitter into the chipboard by covering it with Mod Podge. This gives the whole piece an extra bit of shine, plus reduces any chance of glitter shedding.

hottipPlace focal gold items in uneven numbers around the page for balance and optimal visual impact. I balanced the gold fair ribbon and the small glittered bottle cap by adding a chipboard label painted with Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine, in the top right corner. These three embellishments form a triangle around the photos and title, making sure to draw attention to them, despite the rest of the eye-catching glitter and glimmer on the page.

2. DIY embellishments.

It was gold embossing powder that sparked my new-found love for heat embossing, and I am not ashamed to admit that I have used more than half a container of gold metallic embossing powder and nearly as much glitter finish embossing powder in just over a month. There are so many uses for heat embossing, it is truly a useful and versatile technique. anightout_00

Supplies | patterned paper (Elle’s Studio); glitter (American Crafts); microbeads (American Crafts); embossing powder (American Crafts); chipboard (Maya Road); letter stickers (American Crafts); embossing ink (Versamark).

Here I’ve used gold embossing powder in several ways. I prefer to use ZING gold embossing powder by American Crafts, and I love both the metallic finish and the glitter finish. I used the metallic finish to create my own flair button. I started with a premade piece of flair that didn’t suit the colors or theme of the page, and heat embossed it white, with ZING opaque white embossing powder. Then I stamped a heart into the white surface with Versamark, and sprinkled gold metallic embossing powder over top, and heat set it. I used a similar technique to create the aqua and gold chevron heart, by first embossing with aqua on a chipboard heart, and then stamping a chevron in Versamark and heat embossing with ZING metallic gold.

The second blue heart is also chipboard, but this time I painted it with blue watercolor. Once the paint was dry, I used the end of a paint brush to create polka dots in Versamark, and then sprinkled on ZING glitter finish embossing powder in gold. To add a little sparkle and interest behind the title, I randomly stamped a confetti heart pattern directly onto the background, and then heat embossed with glitter finish in gold.

The two hearts at the bottom of the cluster are also made with fabulous gold products from American Crafts. The white heart was dipped in my favorite chunky gold glitter, and the larger heart was made with Glossy Accents and gold microbeads.

getthelookLook for pre-made gold embellishments that can be easily manipulated to replicate the look of something handmade.

Chipboard embellishments like these featuring gold foil and resist patterns, plus a few gold rub-ons are a super fast and easy way to add that handmade look to your page without spending much time making several separate embellishments. simplysweet_00

Supplies | patterned paper (Dear Lizzy/American Crafts); tag (Dear Lizzy/American Crafts); chipboard stars (Pink Paislee); rub-ons (Pink Paislee); embossing powder (American Crafts); embossing ink (Versamark); stamping ink (Hero Arts); misting ink (Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon).

These gold foil polka dot stars, resist pattern chipboard stars, and gold star rub-ons, all from Pink Paislee, are such fun pieces to work with! The gold foil chipboard stars are from Pink Paislee’s new Luxe collection, and can be used as-is straight from the package (I might even love them best this way) or can be inked or misted to add color to the white part. The gold foil polka dots wipe clean easily, leaving the lovely shine intact.  I also colored some Pink Paislee resist stars using pink mist, pink watercolor paints, pink stamping ink, and Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine.

To complete the ombre/reverse-ombre look I created with the colored stars, I used the new Luxe gold star rub-ons on a pink ombre tag. Rub-ons have always been one of my favorite go-to embellishment, and I am honestly and totally thrilled to see Pink Paislee coming out with these great new sets in metallics.

3. Create a gold background.

You can easily create your own custom gold background by heat embossing chipboard shapes with gold embossing powder. Simply press the bare chipboard into a Versamark pad, and then sprinkle it with embossing powder. Be sure to take a quick look before adding the embossing powder, to make sure the Versamark covered right out to the edges. dailycup_00

Supplies | patterned paper (Authentique, Dear Lizzy/American Crafts); chipboard (Maya Road); embossing powder (American Crafts); letter stickers (American Crafts); embossing ink (Versamark); misting ink (Dyelusions, October Afternoon).

I gathered a variety of chipboard shapes and set them out to create a pictorial embellishment for one side of my layout. This layout is about the daily cup of coffee Paul leaves for me each morning, so I wanted to create a homey/lovey image to carry the theme.


Try mixing up embossing powder finishes. In the above layout, I mixed and layered gold metallic and gold glitter finish embossing powders. Adding in just a few pieces of gold glitter embossed elements draws attention to these key images (spoon, coffee cup, and heart) and also adds extra visual interest and dimension.

getthelookUse pre-cut metallic chipboard embellishments to create a dramatic background.

This metallic gold chipboard place mat by Pink Paislee is part of the new LUXE collection, and made for a fast and totally fun background to my page.


Supplies | patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye); letter stickers (Pink Paislee); chipboard (Pink Paislee); die cut (Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper); glitter (American Crafts).

I layered some Pink Paislee gold polka dot chipboard stars in the placemat openings, and filled other openings with book pages and stamped paper. The sparkly gold letters (also part of the Luxe collection by Pink Paislee) were the perfect contrast to the metallic finish star placemats.

hottipBe frugal and impactful at the same time! I trimmed the bit of chipboard place mat in the layout above that was hidden under the photo and title block. This meant I had an extra encircled star to use as another embellishment in the top corner of the page, tying the layout together and filling in a bare spot.

4. Make your own gold glitter paper.

Making your own glitter paper can be simple and easy, and is a great solution when you can’t find just what you need at the scrapbook store. To make my own gold glitter confetti paper, I used a Tim Holtz paint dabber, matte gel, and fine gold glitter by American Crafts. Once the matte gel was dry, I coloured the background with pink watercolor paint.   itwasacakemiracle_00

Supplies | patterned paper (Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper, Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); glitter (American Crafts); embossing powder (American Crafts); embossing ink (Versamark); paint dabber (Tim Holtz/Ranger).

To tie a little more gold into the page, I layered a gold tissue paper tassel with another chunky gold glitter-dipped tag. I filled the twisting groove of a birthday candle with Mod Podge and then dunked it in the same fine gold glitter I used for the background paper. The Instagram print of this birthday cake originally featured a black border, but it was too dark for the colours on this layout. I inked the photo edges with Versamark, and then heat embossed with gold metallic finish embossing powder. Now it looks like it was dunked in liquid gold!

getthelookTry layering gold foil vellum over colorful patterned paper to re-create the look of the gold confetti paper above.



Supplies | patterned paper (Dear Lizzy/American Crafts); vellum (Dear Lizzy/American Crafts); letter stickers (American Crafts); glitter (American Crafts); embossing powder (American Crafts); die cut (Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper); punch (Martha Stewart).

I love the way the gold foil dot vellum from American Crafts softens the navy patterned paper, but still lets the pink triangles and gold dots shine strong! A simple tree made from chipboard glittered and gold metallic embossed adds a whimsical touch to this book-ish page.

getthelookDid you notice I used several of the colorway inspirations I posted in Part 3 of Trending:Gold to inspire my color choices for the layouts in this part?






The pink for this last colorway came from the photos in the layout.

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

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  • Leave one comment per Trending:Gold post.
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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).

48 Responses to Trending: Gold | Part 4 – All That Glitters

  1. Susan Kopp April 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this sparkly prize!!!

  2. Bethany April 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    I really love the dip dying! Very cute and easy idea.

  3. Elyssa April 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I just love all of your layouts. So glad you included such a variety of products/finishes in your projects. You have given me such great ideas throughout your series!

  4. almasmom April 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Oh I’m so glad that gold is back in style. It’s my favourite “neutral” colour 🙂

  5. artfulscrapbooking April 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Wow Ashley!!! This is an amazing article and I love love your layouts!! I wish I had all this info in a book, so I could study it(hint, hint)!! Also, when my son was a little one he had the same “again demand”. My voice use to get hoarse from re-reading the books so many times. We still talk about that every once in awhile. :):) Evie

  6. Irma Peredne April 20, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    wow Ashley! you’ve been busy scrapping, and it all looks awesome! I love gold as well, and the next thing to try for me is mixing gold and silver.

  7. Devra April 20, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    Wow! I love all your tutorial advice. I now have many ways to think about getting the gold onto my pages!

  8. TerrieF April 20, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    Wow! This is one shiny haul! Thanks for all the info….

  9. Lynn April 20, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    I love all the glimmer. Beautiful!

  10. Jill Norwood April 20, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Beautiful projects! Gorgeous gold!

  11. Katie Nolan-Denham April 20, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Love anything shiny!! Thanks for all the awesome examples

  12. Karen frank April 20, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    I have always loved anything that sparkles….thanks for this opportunity to win such a great prize

  13. Jean_H April 20, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Great ideas for adding gold to a layout. Especially love the dipping technique. Will definitely be trying that!
    Thanks for the chance to win gold!!

  14. Cyndy Recker April 20, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Great ideas. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. hoping2scrap April 20, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    wow! Such great ideas for using gold accents! I really love the bow-dipped idea! Thanks, Ashley!

  16. ConnieM April 20, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    You shared alot of great ideas!! Thanks for a chamce to win!

  17. Margie Visnick April 20, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Wow-your tips are awesome, and the layouts-beautiful!!

  18. Cindy deRosier April 20, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    It’s fun to see so many ideas all in one place!

  19. Lynda Fullen April 20, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Really enjoyed this series. Lots of new ideas.

  20. Theresa G. April 20, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    If it glitters…it’s gold!! At least that’s how I think! What an exciting giveaway!! Thanks for the great golden ideas!

  21. Cheryl April 20, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I love all the great ideas. I love the gold accents and papers.

  22. Tammy Davis April 20, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Beautiful pages & products! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  23. Katie B April 20, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    The only gold I ever use is at Christmas time my gold embossing powder gets a work out. You’ve shown me a lot of ways I could but using this sparkle year round. Thanks. And thanks for the chance to win it too.

  24. Pamela Haskin April 20, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I love all these ideas! You’ve done a wonderful job giving us so many new ideas. I have always liked to use gold on layouts and cards. I’m off now to play with some of your techniques. Thanks so much!

  25. Karenajo April 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    All that glitter and all that gold ! Thanks for all the great ‘golden’ inspiration and a chance to win !

  26. Tammy ScrappyDoodads Kist April 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    oh my, dipping looks so fun and easy!!! going to try today!

  27. Sandy Lewis April 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Love heat embossing – and that gold looks to die for! Love the layouts and would be so excited to win!

  28. Mary Durkin April 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Thank you for the chance to win all this yummy gold stuff!

  29. Kim R. April 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    This has been a great series! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  30. AllisonLP April 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    omg, so many inspiring pieces in this one article. loving gold!

  31. fran April 20, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    wow. beautiful!

  32. Heather V April 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    I love all your great examples! Just beautiful!! I must say, my love of gold has grown since you started this series… I’ve had a few “why didn’t I think of that?” and “I’ve gotta try that!” moments!

  33. Laura (@Bookworm) April 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your creative ideas — the one that I want to try first is the “gold dipping”. 🙂

  34. Kelbah April 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    All that glitters isn’t gold – but it should be! Love this post – and the giveaway! Thanks!

  35. Mandi Holmes April 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Love all the gold and glitter.

  36. serena April 21, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    thanks for the tips on using this new trend. The prize pack would be an amazing way to get in on this trend!!

  37. Gab April 21, 2013 at 1:10 am #

    Amazing, amazing LOs!

  38. cwest100 April 21, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    I am new to scrapbooking and found you through the Sulia site. What an awesome giveaway package! I love the tips and tutorials you have given on the four posts! I would love to win!

  39. Betsy April 21, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    You certainly have the midas touch! Thank you for showing all the different ways to go for gold!

  40. Cyndi April 21, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Great article and fabulous gold tips! 🙂

  41. Louise April 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    brilliant post, loving the hot tips.

  42. Ann in PA April 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Loved all of your tips and tricks. Can’t wait to give a few of them a try.

  43. Jean bullock April 21, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Great tips and a fabulous prize.

  44. Cristina April 22, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    So much fabulous inspiration!! I love gold, and you have given me so many ideas to incorporate more of it with this great series of posts! Thank you!

  45. Mel H April 22, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    What a happy blingy prize…thanks for the chance!

  46. 17turtles April 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    WOW!!! These are awesome uses of GOLD & GLITTER!!! Love them all! Thanks for a chance to win such a glamorous giveaway!!!

  47. Pamela McGillin April 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    All Bling is beautiful, but gold always tops them all!

  48. Melissa April 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    All beautiful, Ashley! Night out is maybe my favorite – but love them all.

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