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Gilding Flakes-Tips And Ideas

Updated on February 28, 2019
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Gilding Flakes

Gilding flakes are one of the most popular products in paper crafts today! They add an elegant shine to any paper craft where they are used. They are easy to work with and very satisfying.

Gilding is the process where you add a metallic flake, leaf or powder to a surface. In our case the surface will be paper.

They come as a single color like gold silver and copper. There are also gilding flakes that come in mixed colors as well. You can take some of the single colors and create your own unique mixed colors. It's up to you how you use them.

Gilding flakes are are an ultra thin metal alloy.

The flakes are packaged tightly in light plastic containers. At first it feels like there isn't much in the container, but when you open it , you will see how much product there actually is.

They basically work with anything tacky......glue or tape(double sided ) or double sided adhesive sheets.

Gilding flakes come in several single colors or premixed combinations
Gilding flakes come in several single colors or premixed combinations

You can gild anything that will hold adhesive. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Gild letters using stick it ( a double sided adhesive sheet) and dies
  • Take those dull alphabet sticks to new glam stickers
  • Gild that dull vase sitting in your closet
  • Make your phone case shine with a new design

Gilding Flake Tips

Before getting started with gilding flakes, there are a few things to think about. Although the results are beyond belief, this product can at times be messy. Here are a few tips to get you started off on the right foot.

  1. Turn off the ceiling fan, windows and window air conditioner. Any movement in the room will cause a gilding flake storm. These flakes are so light, they will flutter everywhere.
  2. Have a shallow pan of soapy water if you are using adhesives, especially gilding glue with stamps. You will want to get your stamps cleaned right away.
  3. Rub-It-Scrub-It Pads are the perfect burnishing tool. Cut a hand sized piece from the pad to help burnish the tiniest flakes. Be gentle when using the pad. You are just rubbing them on, not scrubbing them in.
  4. Some of the flakes may get stuck in the pad. You can keep a separate pad with each jar of flakes. That way you can re use them.
  5. Use a box lid to work in or minimally a piece of 12" by 12" scrap paper to catch any left over flakes. They can be used again.
  6. Be generous when apply the flakes to adhesives. Take it a pinch at a time. Although these flakes go a long way, you will want to have full coverage. Patting them on may work better than rubbing them in.
  7. Always store them at room temperature. They will swell up and give you more product.


Gilding Flakes Combo

Nuvo Gilding Flakes - Radiant Gold, Silver Bullion & Sunkissed Copper - 3 Item Tonic Studios Bundle
Nuvo Gilding Flakes - Radiant Gold, Silver Bullion & Sunkissed Copper - 3 Item Tonic Studios Bundle

This is the perfect set for anyone who is interested in gilding. I was very surprised when I got mine. These containers are really packed full of fluffy flakes. You can use them as a single color or combine some to create your own unique mix. The price point on this package is really economical as they will last for a long time.

 

You can make your own mixed colors of gilding flakes by mixing basic colors together

Gilding Glue

There are many different types of gilding glues but they all have common properties. The glue is applied to the project and allowed to dry. Once dry, the glue remains tacky. The gliding flakes are applied and patted down. A dry brush or sponge is used to remove the excess flakes to be saved for later use. The image is then revealed.

Some of the most popular gilding glues include Indigo Blu Flitter Glue and Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter Glue.

You can use a regular glue pen, but it needs to be a tacky glue. Neuvo Glue Pen is one that will be good for gilding pen techniques. If you use a fast drying glue, the technique will not work,



Gilding Work Space

You need to minimally have a 12" by 12" piece of card stock as a work space under your gilding projects. That way you can save any of the excess flakes to save for later. You can also work out of a box lid or a tray. All of the left over pieces can be saved. You can also use a coffee filter under small projects

Sticky Embossing Powder

Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, 21 grams (EPJ35275)
Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, 21 grams (EPJ35275)

This is the perfect embossing powder for gilding techniques. You simply SZtamp the image of your choice with Versamark ink , then cover it with the sticky embossing powder. Heat the powder which leaves a stickiness that you can cover with your gilding flakes. Easy and satisfying technique. This jar will last for quite a while

 

Never sneeze or cough when you are using gilding flakes ! They will scatter far beyond your work area

Blender Brushes

Another tool that will help you get the best results with the gilding flakes are the blender brushes. You get an even application on your cardstock. The brushes can also be used for other media. They can be used with stencils, embellishment mousse, and embossing folders.

I have seen the brushes as mini sets as well as dual ended sets. The mini sets are more economical in price.

If you have some blusher cosmetic brushes , they can be used as well,

With a small tacky glue pen, you can a gilded border around your project to add some extra bling

Gild An Embossed Piece Of Cardstock

It is so easy to add some extra bling to an embossed paper.

  1. Emboss a piece of card stock
  2. Using a tacky glue stick, apply glue carefully to the embossed area
  3. Allow the glue to dry for a second or two
  4. Apply the gilding flakes, rubbing them carefully into the surface with a stiff brush
  5. Brush away any excess flakes

Gilded Backgrounds Using Die Cuts And Stencils

Make A Simple Gilded Background

It is so simple to make a vintage gilded striped background for a card. You need a piece of card stock for your base, some gilding flakes in the color of your choice, some double sided tape in the width that you want.

Directions

  1. Using the double sided tape, lay stripes diagonally across the card stock. How many stripes and the width between them is up to you.
  2. Cit the edges off the stripes of tape at the end of the piece of card stock.
  3. Remove the top layer off the stripes of tape.
  4. Sprinkle the gilding flakes across the top of the card
  5. Burnish them into the card stock with your fingers.
  6. Brush the excess gilding flakes off with a stiff brush

You can use a special gilding glue, but any tacky glue will work. When using stamps that have a lot of detail, or are small. use a tacky glue pen

It is so easy to use gilding flakes. All you are doing is burnishing (rubbing them on )
It is so easy to use gilding flakes. All you are doing is burnishing (rubbing them on )

Stamping With Gilding Flakes

Yes, you can stamp almost any image and use your gilding flakes.

Supplies

Card stock in color of your choice

Anti static tool

Sticky embossing powder

Stamp of your choice

Acrylic Block

Versamark Ink

Stiff brush


Directions

  1. Stamp the image onto some card stock with the versa mark ink.
  2. Apply the sticky embossing powder and tap off the excess
  3. Heat the embossing powder until it appears shiny
  4. Apply the gilding flakes to the card stock and burnish or rub it on.
  5. Remove any excess using a stiff brush

Note: Anytime you stamp with glue of any kind, it is important to wash the glue off the stamp right away

Wash Your Stamp Right Away After Stamping With Glue

If you are stamping with glue pen to use gilding flakes, it is important to wash your stamp while the glue is getting sticky. Wash the stamp with a toothbrush with a tiny bit of dish detergent. Rinse the stamp and pat dry. It is important to get that glue off the stamp asap

Guilding With Stencils

Super easy technique with amazing results. You will be very surprised at all the options that you have with this technique.

Supplies

Cardstock

Double Sided Tape Sheets

Stencil

Gilding Flakes

Rub It Scrub It Pad

Scissors

Directions

  1. Cut the double sided sticky sheet to the desired size.
  2. Adhere one side of the sticky sheet to the cardstock
  3. Peel the release paper where you are stenciling and hang onto it
  4. Place the stencil on the sticky paper and burnish it onto the sticky paper with the release sheet.
  5. Place the gilding flakes over the adhesive
  6. Push the flakes down and rub them in well.
  7. Use the Rub It Scrub It pad to burnish the flakes in. Rub it in with small circular strokes. It should look very smooth
  8. You can then use some glitter to fill in the spaces left by the stencil

In Place of A Scrubby

You can use a toothbrush to work the gilding flakes onto your project if you do not have a scrubby

© 2018 Linda F Correa

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    • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda F Correa 

      11 months ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Never thought about using them with mandalas. What a great idea !

    • Jessie L Watson profile image

      Jessie Watson 

      11 months ago from Wenatchee Washington

      Cool! Gold and harvest colors are my fav no matter what the season. These will be a wonderful addition to my mandala collages.

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