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!