If you’re a fan of anything vintage, you’ll want to make a gold leafing Christmas card like this one. You’ll be hooked on the elegance you can add to any card with a simple trick I share below!
Plus I have two videos to help you achieve the background you can see on this card.
Look at the shine you get with these lightweight flakes!
Every once in awhile I like to create something with non-traditional colours and a vintage feel. Most of the time, they’re understated like this Christmas design you can see here.
But sometimes I give them a little more OOOPMH!! This one has lots of glitz from Stampin’ Up!’s gilded leafing embellishment.
While I would call this card something for an intermediate to advanced stamper to make, to get the gold onto the card like I did is surprisingly easy to accomplish. Let me tell you the two ways I did it.
Make a Gold Leafing Christmas Card
You can click here to see all the supplies I used to make this card that you can pin, print or order from!
What basic supplies do I need to gold leaf?
If you didn’t want to make the whole card, these are the basic supplies you need for the two techniques I’m sharing.
- a Versamark stamp pad
- some Heat and Stick Powder
- Heat Tool
- Gilded Leafing Embellishment
- a broader, softer paintbrush and a smaller old one
- liquid glue
Two simple ways to add gilded leafing to a card
1. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue
1.Squeeze out a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue onto your silicone craft sheet. With your small old paintbrush, pick up a little glue and “paint” it on. I painted it onto the wreath on the angel’s head.
2. Let dry slightly until tacky then place a few flakes over the glue tapping it with your fingers to adhere it. Burnish it with the bigger soft paintbrush to remove the flakes not glued down.
2. Using Heat and Stick Powder
You don’t need a stamp for this technigue but there are a few steps to get it to look like my background! Here they are:
1. Stamp the words multiple times using a Stamparatus (see how in this video) onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. (you can also stamp directly onto the paper without using a stamp positioner if you like.)
2. The next step is running the piece through the Merry Melody embossing folder and your die cutting machine.
3. Next – are you ready? – crinkle up your sheet in your hands to give it some good texture. (Yes really!! A bit of crinkling and even a little tearing around the edges is perfect!) Smooth it out flat again.
4. Then add shading around the edges with Blending Brushes and Early Espresso ink. The ridges will pick up the colour so it’s a bit more intense.
5. Only then do you add some Versamark by taking the pad itself and rubbing it over the ridges. Don’t press too hard or you won’t get the hit and miss effect you’re going for.
6. Sprinkle on Heat and Stick powder and heat with a heat tool.
See How to Use Gilded Leafing Embellishment
Get all the how to’s for the gilded leafing embellishment in my Crafty Question video. Click the triangle to watch it now.
If you love this sweet angel, you’ll want to pick up the Angels of Peace stamp set now. It is being retired and won’t be available after January 3rd, 2022. If you live in Canada, you can order it online from me by clicking here.
One last peek at our pretty angel which is on its way to good friend this Christmas.
I hope you get a chance to make a gold leafing Christmas card you can send to someone special this year too.