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Go for the Gold Wrapup: Comparisons of gold colors

Whew! Is anyone else on gold overload!? I can’t believe what a whirlwind this week was…and how shiny it’s been! If you’re seeing this post and missed out on class, never fear…you can click on the graphic above and check out all 7 lessons anytime.

Thank you!

I have some HUGE thanks to give out. First and foremost to Ellen Hutson and her team of dedicated staff who have done an amazing job of getting all these cool gold products in the store for us all. Until this venture, I didn’t know quite the effort that something like this takes, and I have new appreciation for how hard our retail stores work to have products for us to enjoy! Not to mention all the work in picking, packing, and shipping all that wonderful stuff out to everyone. So much work….BIG hugs and kisses to all of you ladies!

And I also want to extend my deepest thanks to all of YOU, the students who made this class so much fun! I loved checking out what you created, inspired by the lessons – so many of you used other products to achieve similar effects, or tested out things you had on hand to see what would work. You colored, smooshed, painted, and glitzed up your world – and to see many of you make videos about your process too was an added BONUS! If you missed out on it all, please do go visit the participants who linked up HERE!


The big thing I wanted to do throughout this class was to figure out which golds were how shiny compared to which other golds. What a task! What I did discover is that each one has its own sweet spot and when used well, each can be totally amazing!

  • Modelier Creme, shared on Day 1: Very shiny and a bright gold color. Works as a regular paste with stencils, applied to paper to make it shine, and is soft enough to impress with a stamp. Dries with ultra shine. Uhm, sold out really fast. I think people liked it a ton!
  • Crackle Paste shared on Day 2: Viva Croco is super shiny, and works better with Haft Grund (base coat) beneath it; otherwise the paper can curl and the crackle is rougher. In comparison to Prima’s Crackle, the Croco is ubershiny and has a wider texture; Prima’s is a more delicate crackle. I have another video using the Prima HERE.
  • Gold embossing powders, shared on Day 2: Delicata with clear embossing powder comes out a warm orangey gold color, and the EP seals in the glitter that can shed from the Delicata, if that’s an issue for you. The Wow Rich Gold compares by my eye to be exactly the same in color, detail, and shine as the Stampendous Gold – and the Stampendous is just slightly less expensive per gram. Both are amazing!
  • Ferro, shared on Day 3: A gritty paste, in a variety of vintage colors. Not shiny compared to most others, but can produce a good sharp stencilled image, and can also be thinly applied to create a gold “paper.” Can also be watered down and applied with a foam pad.
  • Gold papers, shared on Day 3: POW glitter paper comes in 12×12 and is a large-grained glitter paper; on heavy cardstock it can be a challenge for tiny diecutting, and it does leak a tiny bit (ie glitter sheds a little wherever it is cut). Deco Sheets are thin and already have adhesive on the back; less shiny and a tiny grain, but only in comparison to the POW paper.
  • Mica Ink and Izink, shared on Day 4: Both can be watered down and spritzed, smooshed, etc to make a watercolored look, or painted on as-is to create a rich gold “paint.” Mica ink is a more traditional gold, and it’s ink, not watercolor, just to differentiate from the Finetec paints which are watercolor; the Mica ink appears thinner vs the Finetec paints on some colors/surfaces. The gold Izink is a cross between acrylic paint and watercolor, and is a warmer orangey-gold color.
  • Pearl Pens, shared on Day 5: There’s a perfect set of three available, great for small embellishments. Squeeze it out in as small quantities as necessary, and let them dry completely – overnight at minimum. Don’t put them in your card stash til completely dry!
  • Inka Gold, shared on Day 6: Beeswax! Very very shiny. Apply through a stencil, with a foam applicator, or simply with a finger. Comes in a variety of colors but be aware all the containers say Inka Gold even if other colors. Turn lots of things GOLDEN including wood and other surfaces too. I’ll be sharing more with this, it’s nomnomnommy.
  • Gold Brush Pens, shared on Day 7: The Wink of Luna pen and Kuretake Brush Pen are extremely close to each other. The Wink of Luna is possibly a slight bit “brighter” in color, but the shine seems to be the same, both on black and white.

During the Periscopes all week, I added a little bit of each product to two items: a wooden box and a black art journal page, so we could get a side by side look at all the colors and how they compare.

journal page
Art Journal Page
Top of wooden box

Out of stock?

I’ve got a suggestion for you if there were gold items you wanted to purchase that were out of stock quickly. And that’s to sign up for the notification list on that product by Monday night! Can’t tell you what’s up with that, but just get signed up and I’ll let you know more details when the time is ripe. 🙂

Winners List

I wasn’t able to leave comments for everyone – but I stayed up LATE last night to check out all the submissions and draw numbers for randome winners. Great work, everyone!! Be sure to send me a note via my contact link in the menu bar above with your address!

  1. Prize 1:  mamabear
  2. Prize 2: annasnasana
  3. Prize 3: Carol Didier
  4. Prize 4: Pam
  5. Prize 5 (for a commenter): Vicki Dutcher
  6. Grand prize winner, $50 gift certificate from Ellen Hutson: Brigit
  7. Bonus prize for youngest participant: Joyce’s 4 year old granddaughter!

Added to each post

In each class post I added images of the creations made during Periscope broadcasts, with any notes about what we learned about the products during those scopes. This is a peek at what you’ll see if you go back and revisit the lessons!


What’s next?

Lots of you have been asking what’s next. Oh my! I need to rest, LOL! I’ll be back to my routine of 3 videos a week, and I have some doozies coming up, so be sure you’re subscribed! I’ll be working on more classes once I get the website redesign done, so hang tight….

However, I want you all to go over to The Daily Marker and join in the 30 day challenge all month long, ok? I’ll be participating in Kathy’s challenge too, and I’d love to see you all over there!


29 thoughts on “Go for the Gold Wrapup: Comparisons of gold colors

  1. […] Gold! Pastes, paints, sprays, pens. I can finally use shiny things, and I am loving it! […]

  2. That was awesome Sandy. Thank you and darn you. There is no way to watch you having that much fun and seeing all the beautiful possibilities of working with all that gold without having to get some for myself. I’ve never been much for gold but now. ….well, some is already on the way to me and as soon as they restock, I’ll be ordering a few more products….lol.

  3. […] Prizes: Winners are listed HERE. […]

  4. Sandy, this was a great series! Thanks for all the time and thought you put into it. Your product comparisons are always very helpful. I’ve been so happy to see you working with Ellen Hutson – a long-time favorite store and someone I feel I can trust for quality products and info.

  5. Thanks again for such an amazing class. As I said on the first day, I would have paid money for this class, so to get it for free was just unbelievable. I’m still working on my cards. Much redo using the crackle past and many lessons learned! I’ll have to send you some photos since I don’t have an online presence.

  6. Oh man! I bet you do need to rest. I still have some catching up to do, but what I saw was amazing. I so wish I didn’t miss so many of your periscopes because those cards look fantastic. 🙂

  7. I’m looking forward to reviewing the videos on You Tube! Great tutorial on so many fabulous products out there I appreciate your willingness to share!

  8. Thanks Sandy – I really enjoyed the classes – fantastic timing as I’d just done a shop for gold things as I didn’t have many. SUCH fun to be had. Thanks 🙂

  9. I really enjoyed your Go for the Gold classes. Never knew there were so many different gold products. I learned so much. Thanks for doing these classes.

  10. Thank you so much for the class Sandy. Truly enjoyed each day and learned a lot about what these products can do. An added bonus was to see what you were doing.

  11. Wonderful comparisons, thanks! Love several of the products…

  12. Everyone who subscribed to this series was a winner, myself included. You are an inspiration to all of us . Thank you Sandy. Great work!

  13. WOW!! What a fun week. Great inspiration too. Can’t wait to play.

  14. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for picking Addison – my granddaughter. She will be sooo tickled! It was a great time together, the gold was so much fun!

    1. I’ll send her some things she’ll love! 🙂

  15. Thanks for the classes. I need to go watch all the videos since I had no time this week due to bathroom remodel.

  16. Mere words cannot thank you and Ellen and her staff enough for everything these past seven days. You are a superb instructor and I do hope you do this again. Ellen and her staff were awesome in getting us product and doing the discount for you….and ultimately us. Thank you for seven blissful days of concentrating on going for the gold, not the pain. ~Mari~

  17. Oh wow thanks so much, I really enjoyed the classes and all the wonderful projects you made and all the entries, so inspiring!!

  18. Thank you Sandy. I wasn’t sure how much gold I would ever use on my cards, but now I can hardly wait to start using my new products. Thanks again for the wonderful lessons! See you on Periscope!

  19. Thank you for all of the time and effort that you put into this series, Sandy. When things allow, I will play around with some of these products and keep all of your tutorials to refer back to.

  20. Thanks so much for this series, I have learned so much. Great inspiration!

  21. Darn, I assumed the prize draw wouldn’t happen until after the linky closes, which is in about 17 hours from now. I created two cards yesterday (yay!), but haven’t had time to put them on my blog yet.
    I did have fun creating these cards, though, and try some gold products I hadn’t used before. Thanks again for putting these videos together and for the wrap-up in this post. Really helpful and inspirational!

    1. Sorry! I was leaving the linkz open for latecomers to still add to class, but wanted to get the winners and wrap up all done today 🙂

  22. Fantastic week and you deserve a week off! We can just rematch and make cards. Thank you so much for this class and appreciate all the time you spent!

  23. Congratulations to the winners. Thanks again for an amazing class. I learned so much!

  24. Wonderful, wonderful class!! (And I’m not just saying that cuz I am one of the lucky winners…) LOVED the card by Joyce’s granddaughter. She shows great potential as a portraitist.

    Thank YOU, and Ellen Hutson (love ’em).

  25. Thanks Sandy for all the wonderful information and inspiration. Wish I could have played more but we had a power outage for 5 of the days and still no water. SoI certainly will be coming back to review the classes.
    We certainly are all winners with such wonderful new insight into gold products…Many thanks everyone for sharing!

  26. It was great to learn more about each product..Thank you so very much!
    Congrats to all the winners..even a 4 year old..oh my…I didn’t start that young…..

  27. Thanks for all of this wonderful info Sandy!

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