SAF 2017 Guest: Carissa Wiley

By August 27, 2017Stamp-a-faire


We are pleased to introduce an exclusive presentation from Carissa Wiley.

"Hi everyone!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I’m Carissa Wiley and I’m so excited to be here as a guest for Paper Trey Ink’s Stamp-A-Faire! Today I’m going to be sharing some ways to create a faux tin foil look on your card projects  In the video below, I’ll walk you through two card projects using these techniques."



To create my faux tin look, I’ll be using the Nuvo Gilding Flakes in Silver Bullion. Gilding flakes have been on the market for quite some time and seem to be making a come back this year.  I wanted to share a few ways to use these on your cards.  The gilding flakes leave you with a metallic shine that is slightly more antiqued than a traditional foil.

There are a few ways you can add these gilding flakes to your card projects.  Here are just a few.

  1. Use a double-sided adhesive sheet to create gilded die cuts.  For this technique, I prefer to use the Be Creative double-sided sheets.  I add the adhesive to my cardstock and then run that through my die cut machine with the adhesive side facing toward the cutting blade.  I’m left with a die cut that has sticky adhesive all over the front.  I can then expose my adhesive and press the gilding flakes in to the adhesive.
  2. Use a glue pen to add gilded embellishments to your stamped images.  Today’s second card features a few little accents on top of my stamped images.  I simply added some glue, using a glue pen in the areas where I wanted to add my tin accents.  It’s important that you use a glue that dries tacky for this technique.  I used the Zig Two Way Glue Pen.  You can draw lines, dots….whatever you want.  I allowed the glue to dry before adhering my gilding flakes.  Once the glue is dry, it will be tacky.  I pressed my gilding flakes to the areas with glue and voila, custom tin accents on a stamped image.
  3. Use double-sided tape to create stripes on your project.  I used the Be Creative tape in 1/8 width to create a stripe running diagonally along the front of my card.  You can use varying widths to create more stripes.  Or add multiple colors of gilding flakes.  Once my adhesive was added to the front of my card, I removed the backer and pressed the flakes to the adhesive.  I love adding these metallic stripes to my card projects.
  4. Use a sticky embossing powder to gild stamped images.  I didn’t show this technique in today’s video, but you can use a sticky or bonding embossing powder to adhere gilding flakes to your stamped images to create a metallic stamped image.  This gives you a different look than using metallic embossing powders.  Try it out!

For all of my projects, I used a box to contain my flakes.  These gilding flakes are very fine and very light and can definitely go flying on you!  Using a box helps to keep the flakes contained.

Once the gilding flakes are applied to your project, use a brush to brush away the excess flakes and remove any rough edges that the flakes may have left behind.



  • STAMPS: Invitation Basics, Pen & Ink, Vintage Linen
  • INK: Versamark, Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, Wild Honey Distress Oxide, Broken China Distress Oxide, Peeled Paint Distress Oxide
  • PAPER: white, aqua, black & white patterned paper
  • DIES: Invitation Basics, Wish Big, Vintage Linen
  • OTHER: white embossing powder, white paint pen, clear sequins, silver thread, tape runner adhesive, glue pen, adhesive sheets, 1/8" scor-tape, foam adhesive, matte medium adhesive, die cut machine, metal shim, scissors, paper trimmer, tweezers, heat tool, anti static powder tool


  • Now it's your turn!  Create a project featuring gilding flakes.  You can choose to re-create the exact project from Carissa above or design your own using the same concepts. Your project must also incorporate at least one Papertrey product.
  • Post your project on your blog, in your gallery, Instagram or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
  • Add your project to the InLinkz list below.
  • You will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 31st, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. One project per person please.


  • As a reminder, you will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 31st, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. 
  • One randomly selected winners will be chosen from all of the InLinkz entries on this post on Thursday, August 31st. The winner will be posted on our Thursday night Stamp-a-faire winners page after 9pm ET.  The randomly selected winner will get a $20 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!
  • One randomly selected winner will be chosen from the comments of this post on Thursday as well. You will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 31st to add your comment and be eligible to win. The randomly selected winner will get a $10 PTI gift certificate.

Carissa is such a thoughtful, thorough designer! What a treat for all of us to learn so much from her! Which of her techniques do you think you will try first? Have you worked with gilding flakes before? Has Carissa inspired you to use them in a new way? This is the last challenge for this event, so embrace it and create something fabulous!  

Nichole Heady

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