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Gilding Flakes-Tips And Ideas

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Gilding Flakes Offer New Opportunities

There are so many ways that you can use gilding flakes. This card uses stripes of double sided tape to greate stripes

There are so many ways that you can use gilding flakes. This card uses stripes of double sided tape to greate stripes

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. It is like opening a Christmas package ! All that beautiful project literally puffs out of the jar !

It is recommended that you store your flakes in a plastic container. It is almost impossible to get those flakes back into the jar.

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


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 flakes come in several single colors or premixed combinations

Gilding flakes come in several single colors or premixed combinations

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

How To Adhere Gilding Flakes

More then likely, you have the things that you need to start working with gilding flakes.

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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.

All of these glues can be used with stamps, but you need to have a container of warm water nearby. That way they can start soaking as soon as you are done working with them.


Double sided tape is another way to apply gilding flakes. This is a perfect idea for scrapbook pages and greeting cards. Add an accent anywhere you would like. Since double sided adhesive tapes come in different widths, you can create all kinds of different accents

Adhesive Sheets

Sheets like Stick It can also be used to create gilding flake projects. Think about cutting shapes and covering them with gilding flakes. You can create basic shapes as well as things like labels. Look at your dies and you can really get creative. Cut animals, flowers and a lot more.

Sticky Embossing Powder

This is a special embossing powder that you can use to adhere gilding flakes when you want to stamp an image and create some special treatments. You use it just like any other embossing powder. The only difference is that it creates a sticky surface for the gilding flakes to stick to.

Spray Glue

You can adhere gilding flakes on any paper surface with spray adhesive. Spray the adhesive on the paper, wait a minute and the burnish (rub) the flakes onto the design. Remove an left over flakes with a stiff brush and a fabric softener sheet.

Sticky Embossing Powder

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,

Free Gilding Flake Resources

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.


  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

More Gilded Background Ideas

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 )

Sticky Embossing Powder Stamping With Gilding Flakes

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


Card stock in color of your choice

Anti static tool

Sticky embossing powder

Stamp of your choice

Acrylic Block

Versamark Ink

Stiff brush


  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

Gilding Flakes Ideas

Guilding With Stencils

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



Double Sided Tape Sheets


Gilding Flakes

Rub It Scrub It Pad



  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

Another Stencil Idea With Duo Transfer Gel

Did you know that you could use transfer gel to stencil gilding flakes on a project?

This technique is so much fun and the results are very satisfying!


  • Cardstock in the color of your choice
  • Deco Duo Transfer Gel
  • Pallet knife
  • Stencils
  • Gilding flakes
  • Stiff brush like a stencil brush
  • Low tack tape, like washi tape or painters tape
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Craft mat or paper to cover your work area
  1. Cover your work area
  2. Lay down your cardstock
  3. Cover the cardstock with a stencil
  4. Use low tack tape to create a hinge or tape down the stencil to the paper
  5. Apply the transfer gel on top of the stencil. Apply an even coat.
  6. Place any leftover gel back into the jar and cover
  7. Remove the stencil and wash right away in warm water
  8. Allow the project to dry until the gel appears clear or is just slightly tacky
  9. Apply the gilding flakes to the gel and burnish (rub) till the design is covered
  10. Brush away any left over flakes
  11. Follow the cleaning process with the fabric softer sheet
  12. Attach to a card base and decorate as desired

Stamping With Glue And Gilding Flakes

Water And Gilding Flake Technique 1


Water And Sticky Embossing Powder Technique

Could you ever think of applying sticky embossing powder and water to create a beautiful, gilded technique? It is amazing and lots of fun with loads of options.


  • Heavy weight card stock
  • Sticky embossing powder
  • Different types of clean paint brushes
  • Water
  • Craft Heat gun
  • Soft blending brush
  1. With a clean paint brush, brush some water onto the card stock. You can be creative with the kind of brush strokes and the paint brushes that you use.
  2. Pour the sticky embossing powder right onto the wet card
  3. Tap any excess off and replace it back into the jar
  4. Heat the powder until it is dry, but still sticky
  5. Apply the gilding flakes to the embossing powder
  6. Burnish the flakes onto the card
  7. Brush any excess flakes away from the project
  8. Admire your creativity

Tips: This technique can be challenging. The most important thing to be successful with this technique is to make sure that you have preheated you heat gun and that you evenly heat the project

More Sticky Powder Ideas

More Water And Gilding Flake Ideas


More Gilding Flake Techniques


Other Things You Can Do With Gilding Flakes

Beyond what we have shared with you, there are a few more things you can consider doing with these amazing flakes:

  • Heat emboss sentiments with metallic powder
  • add stripes/borders of double-sided tape, then gild onto that sticky surface
  • add gilded edges by running the glue marker along the sides of the card, allowing to dry and applying flakes
  • add very thin lines, or freehand details with a fine-tip glue pen, let dry and gild
  • apply double-sided adhesive/xyron to card stock, die cut a frame, and gild

Final Thoughts On Gilding Flakes

More than likely when it comes to gilding flakes, you have probably thought about greeting cards and scrapbook pages. But why stop there? Many other projects can benefit from a bit of glitter. Think about journal pages and altered books. How about vases? What about your home decor? Where can you think about adding a golden touch? We'a love to hear about your gilded ideas. Happy Crafting!

© 2018 Linda F Correa

Tell us About Your Gilding Flake Experiences, Ask A question or leave a comment

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on September 12, 2018:

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

Jessie Watson from Wenatchee Washington on September 11, 2018:

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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