How to Fake Gold Foil
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How to Fake Gold Foil
Let me start by saying, I think there’s 100 ways to do gold foil or gold foil ‘look’. This is my favourite- I find it the easiest, least messy and most cost effective (one day I’ll splurge on a Minc!). You’ll need to trust me that this gives the perfect metallic shine that foil does- photos just don’t capture the awesomeness.
Meet my friend, Liquid Leaf. It goes on sale for $2.99 at Michaels and a little bit goes a loooong way. I use the classic gold and love the color- but there’s lots of choices. I’ve used this stuff on everything from picture frames to acrylic signs to wood. It works great but when it comes to paper? It bleeds like no other. And not a pretty bleed. A weird red bleed. And no one wants that.
So to get the look of perfect gold foil you need to first seal the paper. I do this with a satin or semi-gloss clear spray paint. I’ve tried a few and this is the finish I like the best. It gives the paper a nice even sheen without looking plastic-y. It makes any card stock look super high quality and it dries in a flash.
Then you can get lettering with your liquid leaf! The leaf is really opaque so if you wanted to sketch out your lettering first, the pencil lines wouldn’t show through at all. I just freehanded a couple designs to show how nicely it goes on. My favourite type of paint brush to letter with is a soft round brush that comes to a fine point. This type of paint has metals in it and stiffens the brush- so it’s better to start with a soft brush.
So simple, right? And I may have gotten carried away and used it on one of those feathers with glitter. Do you have a favourite way to fake gold leaf? Or do you take the time with the real deal?
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Colleen @ Lemon Thistle
Colleen is a wife, Mama to 2 year old twins + a new baby, and the DIY and lifestyle blogger behind Lemon Thistle where she shares printable art and hands on tutorials for DIY home decor, parties and gifts. Colleen believes you can have a beautiful life, home, and party without spending a lot- we’re keeping it real on a budget so everyone can join in on the fun.