Video: Metal Leafing

Recently, a few folks have emailed me suggesting I use an “older product” and bring it back to life. So today I dug out my old metal leafing and teamed it up with some new My Favorite Things stamps and created a couple simple cards.

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

The look of metal leafing is so unique… check this out…

Warning: Metal leafing can but addictive! Another warning: Metal leafing can be frustrating. However, if you follow the tips in the video, you can avoid the frustrations! I used the Variegated Metal Leafing on these cards, but am looking forward to breaking out my silver flakes in the future. These work really well with the Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder.

I teamed up the new My Favorite Things Fabulous Sayings stamp set (full of great mix and match greetings in great fonts) with the flowers from the Forget Me Not set. (These are both new MFT products. You can find more of their many new products on MFT’s site, Simon Says Stamp or Ellen Hutson.) These images worked well with the leafing.

I really like the look of leafing on super dark or super light cardstocks. The navy is fun! For the stripes on the side, I used the My Favorite Things Striped Backgrounds stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by. See you soon!

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Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH and for My Favorite Things, click on MFT

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64 thoughts on “Video: Metal Leafing”

  1. Well everything old is new again thank goodness because I as well have many supplies from days gone by. I have always loved this technique and even though it’s a tiny bit messy as you have shown it is so worth it! I hope that if you have never used it you will give it a try also you can buy smaller amounts of this product if you just want to start small at first, a little goes a long way.

  2. Metal Leafing might be old but it was new to me. Loved the look of it. I am glad you are bringing out and using some of your older products. Thanks for sharing.

  3. The leafing works really we’ll with stencil paste, too.. So much fun to play with. Have you tried storing a dryer sheet in your leafing container? I do that with beads to keep them from jumping all over the place. I think it might help with the leafing as we’ll.

  4. I have some gold leafing I haven’t used in years! I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it…and now I’m glad I didn’t and will look forward to using it with this technique. I love the sticky embossing powder….that’s new to me! Beautiful cards!

  5. Jennifer, I am so glad I stopped by tonight and watched your video. Your card is beautiful and it reminded me that I was given metal leafing a few years ago and really haven’t put it to good use. Your card has inspired me to dig it out and use it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. What a nice result! I saw some similar flakes in CHA video from a Brittish company, but they used some other kind of adhesive. I think the ranger product looks easier to work with. I’m glad that you are including some older products in your videos. It is new for some of us, and what is old can be new again anyhow.

  7. Funny you should do this today. I was sorting out my art stuff and came across some gold sheets and thought ‘I wonder if I can use this for cards?’. Obviously I need to get some rangers sticky embossing powder. Thanks Jennifer

  8. I think I tried this in a workshop before, but had forgotten about it. Both the cards are really pretty and it would be fun to try it again!

  9. You are making me go broke, I have to have just about everything you showcase, you are such an enabler…..lol I wish I could do what you do. but you know what that means you are great at your job keep up the good work you are AMAZING!!! 😉
    A loyal follower.

  10. Love love it and happy to see it again. The first time I saw it was in creative chemistry and loved it then, and this reminds me how much I love the look.

  11. Beautiful work! I have tried this is double sided tape and dies but never with the sticky embossing powder (thank you for showing me how to use it). Now I will be able to try this technique with stamps too. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  12. You make EVERYTHING look easy! Love your metal leafing card, Jennifer! The look is so classy and elegant! It reminds me of the fancy Japanese cards that I saw years ago! Thanks for sharing this fabulous tutorial!

  13. What a great way to use metal leaf! I love your cards, the variegated leaf looks beautiful! I don’t think you could emulate this with anything else. I have tons of the stuff in sheet form that I bought for using with polymer clay. I was just wondering why you didn’t do all the stamping first? I like the idea of using double sided tape, I guess you could have used it down the edge of the card. I have used foil over double sided tape, the kind you burnish onto a sticky surface. Thanks for sharing your awesome video!!!

  14. Love the gilding flakes but agree they can be very messy. Have not used them with stamps so that will be fun to try. Thanks for the video.

  15. Boy, I haven’t used my metal leafing in ages but you have inspired me to get it out and give it a whirl! Love both of your cards although the dark blue card really shows off the leafing well. Thanks so much!

  16. I’ve used leafing in sheets on frames, but have never seen it in these little pieces and the varigated is beautiful. Leave it to you to know what’s out there and bring it to our attention.
    Thank you.

  17. Thanks for the flashback of this cool technique, Jennifer. I am guessing metal leafing sheets would work, too. Maybe with less mess? Since that is what I have, I will give it a whirl!

  18. Thank you for the great video Jennifer and the reminder. I have several of the leafing sheets and a plastic container filled with flakes (metallic flakes, not crazy people!). It is time to bring them out and use them again!

    Elaine Allen

  19. This is beautiful. I used to have some gold leafing but I think it got passed on with a lot of other crafts I no longer do. 🙁 I love the containers you listed but I got some similar at the Dollar Tree – 3 for $1. They work great to hold embossing powders. Now I just need the spoons.

  20. I’m in the UK and I have no idea what a swiffer cloth is! Can you tell me what it does round the house and I hope I can work out what we call it?

    Thanks

  21. Thank You So Much for this tutorial Jennifer. I tried using the metal flakes with glue a few months back ,made a complete mess of it and put the metal flakes away. After seeing your video I am inspired to try again.

  22. This is new to me! I’ve never tried anything like this, and it looks amazing. Now, I have to see if I can find some metal flakes and sticky embossing powder. Thank you! BethAnn M.

  23. I, too, have a box of this kind of leafing in several colors and I’m excited to get it out and use it again. Thanks for the inspiration and the detailed video! Anne, yourmainestamper

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