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