Sunday 5 July 2015

Gilding flakes- Tips & Tricks

Hi friends ,
Mega flakes are beautiful quality gilding flake. Manufactured in a traditional way this kind of flake is a time old process where no dyes are used. All the flakes are made by hand.The effects from these Mega Flakes is truly amazing. 
The term gilding covers a number of decorative techniques for applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone, or metal to give a thin coating of gold or any other metal.

Gilding Flakes  can  add a touch of luxury to your creations ... and its super duper easy to do it.The 
flakescome in many colours and mixes to achieve any kind of look from Gold to Copper ... and everything in between. I use cosmic shimmer glitter glue to stamp and gild. 
And there tons of different ways to use them. today we will be looking at only the basics of gilding.

Packaging & storage

The gilding flakes come in small tightly compressed featherlight plastic containers and there doesn't seem to be much in there ... until you open the lid and see the goodness.
*Its suggested that we must keep a larger container ready to empty the flakes into,  because its very difficult to get them back into the small container.

Things you will essentially need

  • Gilding flakes of your choice
  • scrubber -use this to burnish the flakes into the adhesive you're using and remove the fines (excess flakes). 
  • Glitter glue/doube sided tape/spray adhesive/sticky embossing powder/sticky sheet
  • soft brush
  • Foam piece  to apply the glue . 

 Some important tips:

  •  The flakes are very light and static do not work near a window and also keep your Fan and AC off. 
  •  If the flakes are left at room temperature they will swell to give you much more that you had. 
  • Do not cough ,sneeze or sigh when working with the flakes ....or u will land up with flakes flying everywhere;)
  • When you will apply the glue on the stamps wash them immediately as you don't want to spoil the costly stamps.
  • Place you project on a  scratch paper, to catch the fines and this makes it easy to funnel the flakes back to the jar
  • Pour a lot of  flakes over the sticky surface tap them with your fingertips ,make sure there is no stickiness left. Be generous to use the flakes 

Swatches of Gilding flakes

When we buy the flakes they they come in many different colour mixtures and they all add that little touch of oomph and luxury to any card/project  that we make.
The swatches for the ones i have are :


How to use  the  Gilding Flakes

I wanna share some of the methods and surfaces these flakes works perfectly. i also wanna warn you that if u don't like getting messy this is not what you should try. is indeed a messy product and even if u try keeping it in a box u will still find it all over your workspace and clothes. i love getting  messy and i totally love the gilding flakes:)

I have made two videos for you to understand the process of gilding .
part 1- Basics of gilding flakes

part 2- gilding projects:tips & tricks 

There are a lot of different ways and surfaces to use them and today will try some.


 Morris Dance on white card stock

heartfelt creations - butterflystamp

heartfelt creations - butterfly medley die

twine ( from stash)

Eton Mess on black card stock

pink crystals

 Manchester Tart on black card stock 

hero art - background stamp
penny black -hello die

Royal Peacock on black card stock

 Manchester Tart on Canvas


Morris dance on Wooden cut out & sticky back paper.
joycraft -birds die

 Royal Peacock on wooden plank


  Lancashire Rose on Mason Jar

     Enjoy and happy crafting! 



    1. This is crazy good all the projects. My fav is birdcage. So pretty.

    2. The butterflies look so enchanting!
      Dr Sonia
      Cards Crafts Kids Projects

    3. Fabooolous LOve it all projects are awesome so much of glitz and glitter :)

    4. Wow..what an informative post...loved all the projects...They are all super gorgeous...TFS...xx

    5. Such an awesome post! Thank you for such a detailed review and the cool tips! :)


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