Gilding Flake Techniques

Hi! Since I have been stamping for 15 years now, I really like it when I see older techniques/products become “new” again. Today I share one of those oldies-but-goodies… gilding flakes. The look is so stunning!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Who doesn’t love a bit of shine? Gilding flakes offer shine, but with such a unique and classic look. And a little goes away… I can’t imagine ever running out!

Double-sided tape is a great way to use gilding flakes. Here, I created diagonal Be Creative Tape stripes on pink cardstock and pressed in a mix of Tonic Radiant Gold and Silver Bullion Nuvo Gilding Flakes. The shine is beautiful. I kept the rest of the card simple by gold heat embossing images from the Flora and Fauna Oh Hello Friend Stamp Set and adding pink Lucy’s Cards Rainbow Jewel accents.

I will say though — gilding flakes are messy! But in the video I share tips for keeping it contained, including using a Gina K Storage Box and Swiffer Dusting Cloth and Handheld Cordless Pivot Vacuum for clean up. They make a HUGE difference.

Here is a second card in a mint color. It is really difficult to capture the shine on these. I am sorry for the poor photos!

In the video I also show how to add gilding flakes to stamped images. I like using Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder… it holds the flakes perfectly. Here I stamped the waves with VersaMark Ink and added the sticky powder. Once it turned clear when heat set, I pressed in Tonic Silver Bullion Nuvo Gilding Flakes. I also added some cute images on top from the Flora and Fauna Under the Sea Stamp Set, along with tiny Tonic Sea Breeze Nuvo Jewel Drops bubbles.

While I had my supplies out, I made a few additional simple cards. Here I used the Flora and Fauna Oh Hello Friend Stamp Set to created the gilded leaf. The sentiment is a combo of the Flora and Fauna Oh Hello Friend and Power Poppy Nice Things Stamp sets. And that Gina K Silver Metallic Cardstock notecard has the perfect amount of shimmer.

I also created the gilded mat with double sided tape.

And one last example…

Here I created gold gilded images from the Flora and Fauna Oh Hello Friend Stamp Set. I then colored them in with Copics for a soft look.

If you are interested in learning more about gilding flakes, be sure to check out our most recent class at Online Card Classes called Sparkle and Shine. I have many examples in the class.


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46 thoughts on “Gilding Flake Techniques”

  1. I have just subscribed to your blog today but have been watching your YOU TUBE videos for months. I really appreciate the manner in whuch you teach and inspire. Your narrations are exceptional. Your cards are always so perfect; I love your cards! But, I want to especially thank you for leaving the “mistake” in the gilding flakes video. That gave me encouragement I didn’t realize I needed. I tend to make lots of mistakes and get so frustrated. So… here is a heart felt THANK YOU for showing mistakes happen to everyone, even the expert.

    1. Hi Phyllis ~ It looks like Jennifer poured the embossing powder into a coffee filter and then used the jar to scoop the powder and then poured it over the card surface. Hope this helps. Maggie

  2. I love when old stuff comes around again. Now I start the search for my shoe box of gold leaf flakes. Or maybe I should just start shopping for new toys.

  3. These are beautiful cards. I do not know this product but probably need some. It looks easy to use. Thank you so much.

  4. Amazing, something I already have and don’t have to go buy. That is a true sign that I am an “Old” crafter if something is coming back…..I still have lots of Pearl Ex and Radiant Pearls…any idea when they are going to make a comeback…:-)

    1. @moonbeans I also have quite a bit of Pearl Ex from the good old days. I know it’s not the same as Perfect Pearls but sometimes I use it in place of PP anyway. It doesn’t have the bonding agent but still leaves a nice sheen. Like you, I don’t need to shop for these awesome flakes….and they don’t go bad!! LOL Happy crafting!

  5. LOVE your cards dear Jennifer, you are such a gem sharing your knowledge and artwork with us. Sigh, gilding flakes are going to be added to my wish list……. Have a great weekend!

  6. Beautiful cards, never knew what gilding flakes were for. Excellent tip for putting down strips evenly, will try that out. This product would look fantastic on wedding or anniversary cards, you gave me so many ideas!

  7. Jennifer–what beautiful cards! I just love the gilding flakes and then forget I have them! Aaarrrggghhh! I signed up for the Shimmer and Shine class but I haven’t gotten around to actually taking the class yet–very busy with gardens this time of year! Over 1500 flowers and veggies to plant!!! I haven’t been down to my craft room to work on cards for several days–feeling very blocked. Your video has inspired me. Thank you so much!!!

  8. I adore gilding flakes Guilty of not using it more .

    Hope other techniques to follow 🙂 this is an amazing video .

  9. Jennifer–just another quick comment. I so love your blog and videos because you often demonstrate techniques that can be used to make several cards at one sitting. Both my husband and I come from large families, with lots of children and now grandchildren running around. I send out a lot of birthday, anniversary and holiday cards. I really enjoy making the cards but it takes time. Your techniques have made my job so much easier! Thank you again for all that you do! I have learned so much from you!

  10. Lovely. This is the first time I have seen this technique, and I really like it. Thanks for yet another great idea.!

  11. This is gorgeous–I’ve used these flakes on craft projects-like to color a “clear” vase–I used glue and also pearl powders–turned out great! Now you have me thinking some more. Thanks!

  12. Absolutely beautiful! Not sure if I’m ready to on gilding flakes, but I can see other ways I could do stripes, and now I know how to make them even! Another “aha” moment! Or is it a more of a “duh” moment? It seems so simple, but I wouldn’t have thought of it without you! Thank you!

  13. Great cards- from cute to classy, I like each one! The tip on lining up the diagonal lines makes so much sense. I love gilding flakes, they create such beautiful results. I’ve never used a stippling brush as described so can’t compare the two but learned from Sue Wilson to use a small piece of Rub-It Scrub It pad (cut to about 1-1/2″ x 2″) to move the gilding flakes around and refine them onto the sticky parts. It removes the excess nice & easily too..
    I love all your videos! They are so jam-packed with information and inspiration- many thanks to you!

  14. Really pretty cards. I have not used gilding flakes before. I didn’t really know how to use them or how. I like the look. Thanks for sharing this technique.

  15. Hi, I really love watching your videos. I learn so much as I am just starting out.
    I have a question. On this video at the 9:04 mark you show a cute triangle tray.
    I do not show it listed in the supplies. Could you comment about this.
    Thank you in advance.

  16. Hi Jennifer ~ I love these gilding flakes and remember them from the good old days…lol. I especially love the delicacy of the “You Are So Kind” card where you combined the two colors….so elegant. Thanks for reminding us to dust off some of the older products we have hidden away to become a (re)trendsetter! ~HUGS~

  17. Awesome! I’ve got a jar of flakes that I have had for about 5 years (they were my mums) and have been really unsure about how to use them. Thanks!

  18. Oh my ..I have a large container of these flakes. I will be doing this technique soon. It’s been years since I have done it.. Thanks for the refresher.

  19. I am so glad to see you introducing the Flora & Fauna stamps ! I fell in love with them at the first sight ! I LOVE the hand-drawn and relaxing style. And they look so nice with the gilding flakes ! I have both of them and I will give them a try. Thank you so much. XOXO.

  20. The stamps are so cute! I don’t care for the texture of the gilding but it sure looks pretty! Especially like the greens and reds you used in a gilding video in 2014. So pretty!!

  21. Hello Jennifer, what a fabulous video and gorgeous cards. I do have some gilding leaf and really want to try it out now. I was hoping you might list the sweet little container that you poured the gems into, but I cannot see it.

    Would you possible share it?

    Thank you SO much 🙂

  22. I can’t hear it enough – ENVELOPES! I really need to use pretty ones like you do, or dress up the plain white ones.

  23. Gorgeous! I think even I with my limited gilding skills could do the first technique with tape – brilliant idea!

  24. I love using gilding flakes and having in quite a while. I’ll have to pull mine out and make something pretty. Thanks for this great video and the reminder about them.

  25. Thanks for sharing yet another fun video! I tried using guilding flakes a while back but it was just so messy ?? will try the box trick next time!

  26. These cards look so stunning! They also look very expensive. I love the gold but I have never used gilding flakes. It looks like you can so do much with them but as eveeyone and you said, they are messy. I will have to watch the video to see if I should get this and what to do about the mess. That’s what I hate about glitter, how messy it is and you waste so much of it because of the mess.

  27. Those stripey cards look gorgeous. I am so happy to see flakes used again, as mine had been sitting unloved until the recent OCC. I just love the look they give… thank you for reminding us to use our old products:-), Lisa x

  28. I love the use of the foil flakes. I was wondering, can you use sticky embossing powder to adhear foil before running it through the Minc system?

  29. I’m sad to say I’ve never tried the foil flakes. I would like to try some day. You MAKe It Look So Easy and Fun.
    THe cards Are Just gorgeous. Thanks

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