Posts Tagged ‘gold’

DIY Gilding Calligraphy with Deco Foil


This post is in partnership with Therm O Web’s Deco Foil™ line. I’ve been using this stuff for a couple of months now and I figured it was high time I shared with you how I use it! It’s incredibly easy and adds SO MUCH SPARKLE to your work (calligraphy or otherwise).


In the above image I’ve applied the metallic foil (I don’t dare say gold, because it’s not real gold) in 3 different ways; (from top) laminator, bone folder and die cut machine. My favorite is probably the die cut machine, second is the bone folder because of the application. But I’ll talk about that a little later.

The foils come in a zillion different colors. I’m excited to try the watercolor foils soon because of the subtle color variation from one spot to another. Here I’ve used Pink Melon (top), Rose Gold (middle) and Copper (bottom). I use the copper one the most, it photographs better than the lighter golds do, so I prefer that. Let’s go through the materials needed for this technique and just get going, shall we?



The supplies list feels kind of long to me; but I bet if you’re anything like me, you’ll have most of these things. For the instructions, click the read more button below!




I’m still trying to figure out the lighting in this studio. It’s sometimes warm, sometimes cool & sometimes ridiculously contrasting!

  • earrings: Ihamlt, etsy
  • necklace: H&M
  • tee: Threadless
  • jacket: thrifted
  • belt: thrifted
  • bracelet: handmade
  • denim leggings: Pacsun
  • shoes: thrifted

Bright & Cheery


I need a cheery outfit for today’s grey skies & bad news. Please pray for the Bigler family, will you? Their sad news just breaks my heart to pieces.

  • earrings: ihamlt, etsy
  • sweater: thrifted, SF
  • belt: thrifted
  • jeans: H&M
  • shoes: Payless

Hello 21st Century


Just updated this hand-me-down top to the 21st century.

  • necklace: RiteAid, million years ago
  • top: hand-me-down + refashioned
  • denim: Forever 21, $13
  • shoes: Uptown Cheapskate, $30

TOTAL: $43

Glitter Toes


Penelope’s little gold slippers have been looking pretty ratty for some time. I don’t have any gold shoe polish & I really have no clue how to get rid of the scuffs on the toe. I had gold shoes like this once & ended up buying gold spray paint & clear shoe polish to get them looking new again. That never seemed to last long enough, though.

So, of course the natural remedy is to cover it up in glitter. I like this remedy. It’s messy, it involves lots & lots of glitter & it reminds me of wizard of oz or something like that.

Susan has a tutorial on how to do it. I used PVA glue instead. I don’t have modge podge (gasp!), but PVA is pretty much the same, if not better. PVA is what I use for bookbinding & pretty much everything else. It’s my favorite kind of glue. Possibly ever.

Susan recommends doing multiple layers, which I think I might do. It would be good to make sure that glitter stays on. Ashlee also glitterfies some old shoes of hers, I love how she kept the bow the same. Hope you have a great weekend! I’ll be colorizing Penelope’s Dino brunch suite in a more masculine color palette! Check back on Monday for the download.

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