I can’t help myself. I REALLY like the Gilded Leafing even if I do make a mess.

There are so many ways to apply the leafing. In today’s project, I used 2 different methods. The first method was stamping with Versamark, applying Heat & Emboss Powder, and then rubbing in the Gilded Leafing using my fingers. For the second method, I applied the Versamark wiping it directly onto the cardstock, then applying the Heat & Emboss Powder and Gilded Leafing.

My goal was to produce an elegant card using black, white, and gold. Here is the resulting card.

Gilded Leafing on white layered flowers

I used the Beautiful Brushstrokes dies to create the layered flowers and leaves. To achieve some elegance I also used Shimmery White cardstock and Basic White cardstock.

First let me tell you about the Gilded Leafing. You get a 4 ounce jar of gold leaf. This stuff is light and feels like butter. The basic instructions on use are: stamp an image with VersaMark ink, apply Heat & Stick Powder, heat with a heat tool, and then add this Gilded Leafing Embellishment. Once the image has cooled, you can brush off the flakes to reveal a gold image. You can also use the Gilded Leafing on adhesive sheets, tape runner, Tear & Tape, or any other stick surface. Burnishing (rubbing) can be done with a finger (my tool of choice), a sponge, or the cover from an adhesive sheet.

How does this differ from gold embossing powder? Texture. The color on the gold leafing is not as solid or smooth as the gold embossing. Both are beautiful. Just different.


  • Paper
    • Shimmery White cardstock:
      • 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ for the card base
      • 2″ x 4″ for flower layer 1
    • Basic White Thick cardstock:
      • 2″ x 4″ for flower layer 2
      • 2″ x 4″ base for Gilded Leafing sheet
    • Basic Black cardstock:
      • 3-3/4″ x 5″ for card panel
      • 2-1/2″ x 6″ for sentiment frames
    • Vellum:
      • 2-1/2″ x 6″ for sentiment and leaves
  • Stamp Sets
    • Dandelion Wishes (sentiment)
    • Swirly Frames
  • Dies & Punches
    • Beautiful Brushstrokes dies
    • Layering Circles dies
  • Inks & Markers
    • White Craft ink
    • Versamark
  • Other Supplies
    • Gilded Leafing
    • Heat & Stick Powder
    • Gold Glitter Enamel Dots
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Tools
    • Snips & Bone Folder
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Take Your Pick Tool
    • Cut & Emboss Machine
    • Heat Tool


Stamp the rectangle frame from the Swirly Frames stamp set onto the Basic Black card panel using Versamark ink. Sprinkle with Heat & Stick Powder and heat until powder is melted and sticky. Grab pieces of Gilded Leafing and add burnishing with your fingers. Use a clean cloth to wipe the entire panel after you are pleased with the leafing.

While you have the leafing out, wipe or tap the Versamark ink pad across the 2″ x 4″ Basic White Thick cardstock. Add Heat & Stick Powder and heat. Then add Gilded Leafing to the entire (or mostly) cardstock. Burnish Gilded Leafing in with your fingers.

Die-cut the flower layers: Layer 1 -from Shimmery White, Layer 2 – Basic White Thick, Layer 3 – Gilded Leafing. I created 2 large and 1 small flower.

Die-cut the leaf layers: Layer 1 – Vellum, Layer 2 – Gilded Leafing. I created 3 leaf clusters.

Layering Plan

As you can see, I only have one Layer 3. I liked the look of a smaller gilded flower center for this card. Arrange the flower layers and adhere with a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. TIP: I did not worry too much about the layer orientation. Just adjust to your liking.

Stamp the sentiment from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set using the white craft ink and white embossing powder. Heat emboss. Die-cut 2 solid Basic Black Circles 2-3/8″ and the sentiment using the 2-1/8″ circle die. Then cut a smaller circle (1-7/8″) from the center of one of the solid black circles. TIP: Make sure you can still read the sentiment! Sandwich the frame and adhere the layers together with a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Assemble the layers as shown. Use Black Dimensionals behind the center flower and tuck the leaves in after adhering the other elements. Add some Gold Glimmer Enamel Dots.


I think that the sentiment ‘Sending Well Wishes Your Way’ is such a nice turn of phrase. It means that you are hoping that the person receiving your wish is doing well. You wish them success or good fortune. And to all of you reading this blog – I wish you well in whatever you endeavor.

This card may look difficult but when you take each piece individually you will find that it is actually very easy. I hope that you try it. If you do not want to use the Gilded Leafing, try using Gold Foil Sheets and gold embossing. The results will still be stunning. TIP: When substituting the Gold Foil Sheets use your old embossing plates with all the marks. Then you will get some of the texture that the Gilded Leafing provides.

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