Thursday, April 2, 2009

Part II- Demo/ Tutorial Thursday

I promised a tutorial each Thursday! This week is another metal technique. I am all about the metal look lately! I love it on paper, cardboard, Grungeboard, altered items, well just about anywhere!!! It's elegant, shiny, and grunge all in one little package. This is what you need:

* Gold Leafing( I get mine at an art supply store, but more and more craft stores are stocking the imitation kind for alot less!)... it comes in gold, variegated red, green, black, or some other combo, and even copper or silver.
* Adhesive sizing (this is the glue for the leafing... it has to stay tacky to grab the metal.)
* A disposible brush (one you don't mine ruining!)
* Some people prefer to wear white cotton gloves to do this so the leafing doesn't stick to your hands, but well, I like to make a mess so I don't mind if I transform into "goldfinger".

Step 1: Prepare your surface
I made a little tag to show you this demo, but you can certainly venture to gold leafing right on your page or project. I'll show you some examples at the end. Just shake up the sizing and brush it generously on the areas you want the gold to stick. If you are applying it over a textures surface, you will want multiple coats of the sizing. If you want a more uneven application of gold (creates a more distressed look), then apply a bit less.

Step 2: Apply the gold
I tear bits of the leafing at a time and apply it to the sticky (slightly dry the area, don't apply while the sizing is wet... it won't stick) areas.
Step 3: Get er' stuck
Use a soft brush or your finger to tap it on and brush off extra. I am not careful or neat about this step!
This is the look that I like... pieces not full coverage.

Step 4: Add on Top
I am then ready to add rub ons, embellishments, anything! Here I added a Hambly rub on to the tag. I may add more, but this is for demo purposes! LOL!
More examples of finished layouts/ projects using gold leafing on the surface.
Now, just leave me a comment below and you could win... a RAK of Prima goodness with a Label Tulip stamp thrown in for good measure! The note set is not a complete set, but only a handful have been used so it's got at least one sheet of each design. There are two kinds of Prima flowers and a brad set. The Label Tulip stamp is one I had and bought a duplicate of just to give away for some lucky girl! So leave some love! I'll pick a winner when I get back from vacation on April 15th. So, you can post a comment until midnight on April 14th! Send your friends here!
I'm off to a weekend scrappy retreat with a bunch of my BFFs.. and then home to pack for Florida and off again for a week with the Family... I'm looking forward to some exciting travel. It's ALWAYS exciting to travel with kids... never boring! LOL! I might need a VACATION from my Vacation! So, no tutorial next week but I will have one on April 16th!


gleestormont said...

i always wanted to try gilding, but it seemed too scarey. you make it look easy and fun.i'm ready to go for it!! thanks. ;) glee

Anonymous said...

WOW! What a cool demo!!! Love it!

AHadley said...

have an awesome vacay Jen! Love the tut, you know I love sparkly stuff, so I won't be able to resist this for long!

Marie said...

Awesome tutorial!

LynneForsythe said...

Way cool demo....i too have a love affair with metal...thanks for making me look from a different angle!!

sam said...

love you're blog and you are giving away an amazing rak! But most of al I love you're layout, "Broken Record". It's amazing!!! I saw it on Badgirls blog but wanted to tell you here that I just love it!!

Peggy said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial, I love tutorials, there's so much I want to learn and it always looks so complicated, but then when I see a tutorial I think: "hey, I just might be able to do this too!". I've been in love with that "butterflies" LO ever since I saw it at, it was an instant fav!
xxx Peggy

Polly said...

Fabby! I just have so much gold leaf and no idea how to bring it into my scrapping... I will try now!
P x

Taylor G said...

Wow I love this blog!
i just stumbled on to here from the bad girls kit club.
Im glad i found it!
This technique is very neat!
I am defintely going to have to try it out!
great giveaway by the way!

Jill said...

This is SO cool! Love the look.

Lori said...

Jen, your work is always amazing! So wish I was going on vacay, have a great one!