Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Get The Look - Gold Leafing Pens

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DIY Pineapple Design for a notebook cover

Last week I was getting that totally on-trend gold look with transfer foils after the release of the new Heidi Swap Minc Foil Applicator*. But there are other ways to add some metallic glitz and glamour to your projects, so this week I thought I would show you how to get the look with leafing pens.

It is Krylon Leafing Pen time!

Eh? Leafing Pens?

The leafing pens from Krylon* are a paint pen that is filled with a metal pigment and solvent formulation. You can find it in silver, copper and 18kt gold colours.

18kt gold? Ching ching! We're in the money!

OK, so we aren't in the money – there isn't any actual gold in the pen. Sorry to burst that bubble. If you look at the specification sheet on the Krylon website, it says bronze pigment *sigh*.

Anyways...these pens come with a chisel nib and produce strong metallic colours which have that perfect metal glow to them and they are acid-free so great for papercrafts. But you can use them on various other surfaces as well such as fabric, ceramic, glass, wood, plastic, metal.

What gives these the edge over other gold pens you may have in your stash is that the finish really does look like metal leafing or plating.

Different types of gold pens

Pen Key:
1 Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing*
2 ZIG Fabricolor
3 ZIG Painty
4 Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Gold 250
5 Cricut
6 ZIG Writer
7 ZIG Wink Of Stella Brush

and help up to catch the light:

different types of gold pens

The ZIG Fabricolor gets the closest to the Krylon Leafing Pen shine, but what you can't see in the photos is that there is a slight redish tint to the ZIG Fabricolor gold and the colour is not quite as even as the leafing pen but it is still not bad in the shiny gold stakes.

How Do You Use Them?

The Krylon Leafing Pen* works like other paint pens. When you first take the pen out of the packet, the nib is paint free and white. To start your pen off, you need to give it a really good shake then depress the nib a few times to start the flow of the paint into the tip.

How to prime a Krylon Leafing Pen

My pen is kind of old and has been somewhat abused so the nib is now a bit tatty, but you get the idea. I ought to change the nib really, which you can do by the way, I just haven't gotten around to buying any replacement nibs yet. #notlazyjustbusy #okandabitlazytoo #yougotmethere

Once you have the paint flowing, you can use it just like a pen and every now and then you may need to press the nib down to get more paint flowing, particularly if you haven't used it for a while. Giving the pen a good shake from time to time is a good idea too.

Trying the Krylon Leafing Pen on different materials

Hold your horses! Is that a page protector? Yep, you can even add your own gold accents to your memory keeping, project life, scrapbook page protectors.

Now that you have the paint flowing, you can draw and write with the pen just as you would with any other chisel-nibbed pen and here is a simple project to get you started.

You will need:
Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen*
Notebook to decorate*
Brush pen (Bimoji from Kuretake) or sentiment stamp

Start with a template of what you want to draw. You can just go ahead and draw your design freehand of course but with a template you can make multiples of the same pattern, great if you want to sell the product #hint.

Drawing a Pineapple Template

Then place the sheet of vellum over the top of your template and lightly trace the design onto the vellum.

drawing a Pineapple with a Krylon Leafing Pen

Having shaken and primed your Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen* (see above), start using it on the traced design.

Woop! Woop! Trend Alert – Pineapples are SO hot right now! (Think Will Farrell in Zoolander).

Moving rapidly on...

Leafing pen Pineapple sketch on Vellum

Once you have finished let the paint dry, it takes around 10 min to be touch dry and after 2 hours you can handle it how ever you need. I added a sentiment with a brush marker pen and my favourite at the moment is the Bimoji Fude pen from Kuretake (you can use a stamp if you prefer) and wrapped the vellum around the cover of the notebook.

Gold Pineapple notebook cover and matching bookmark

I used the template again on some shrink plastic* to make a matching page marker - cute!

OK So What Other Projects Could You Do With Leafing Pens?

As well as drawing and writing, the pen is also good for adding block colour to sections as I did in the Designer Notebook pattern project that I made for the Blitsy Discover blog*.

decorated notebook in gold

Then you can add metallic borders to projects like this altered dominoes project that I did for Paperbabe Stamps*, yeah I get around!

Altered Dominoes with gold edges

Don't forget that it works on all sorts of surfaces so adding metallic accents to all your projects is super easy and, wait for it... SO hot right now!

So do you have this pen in your stash? What do you use yours for? Are you tempted to get it if you haven't got it? I would love to hear your Krylon Leafing Pen stories so drop me a comment below and let me know what you would use yours for.

For more ways to Get The Gold Look check out these posts:

Get the gold look with Transfer foilsGet the gold look with Creative Expressions Gilding Wax

Some suggested products (*all of these are affiliate links):

Friday, 20 February 2015

Blitsy Tutorial Time: Turn Your Notebooks Designer Gold

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Hey, you know that I've gone a bit gold crazy right? Well take a peak at this quick makeover idea for your notebook covers:

DIY gold designer notebook cover makeover

The full tutorial is over on the Blitsy* Discover blog. I've used a Krylon Gold Leafing pen which you can often find on sale over at Blitsy* so keep your eye out!

If you want some more gold ideas then check out my Get The Look - Gold Transfer Foil.



Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Get The Look - Gold Transfer Foil

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On trend this season are Gold effects using transfer foils

I'm sure that you have noticed that gold is super on trend this season for papercraft projects and with the release of Heidi Swapps' foiling machine, Minc Foil Applicator*, at the CHA in January you can't help but have noticed that foiling techniques and gold foiled products are starting to pop up everywhere.

Go Gold! It's your birthday!

Time to get the look and I'm going to get the look with transfer foils today. 

Eh? Transfer Foils?

Transfer foils have been around for years but they are definitely getting a makeover so it might be time to dig them out of your stash and have a play. 

transfer foils for paper and fabric

Transfer foils are an ultra-thin layer of metallic coloured foil adhered to a thin plastic sheet, you place the dull side on to something sticky and burnish it down with your finger or a bone folder, then when you peel the sheet away the metallic foil is left behind.

They come in a whole range of different colours and designs. You can find them in sheets or rolls.

What Can You Use Transfer Foils With?

Transfer foils can be used with glues and dry adhesives. But you also can transfer them using heat. Machines like the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator use heat to transfer and stick the foil onto a laser ink printed image.

Whatever glue or adhesive you use tackiness is key so if your glue needs time to get tacky, then wait for it to get tacky before pressing on the transfer foil.

Different glues to use with Transfer foils

A perfect place to start are double-sided tapes, double-sided foams and products like the Stick It adhesive sheets or the Xyron Sticker Maker refills. I'm using Stick It as I don't have the Xyron Sticker Maker but I'm guessing the adhesive would work just fine with transfer foils.

I love using transfer foils with glue pens as well, you have the freedom to draw or write whatever you like and foil it. You can use transfer foils on stamped images too if you use the various glues you can use on stamps, like Flitterglu and Flake and Glitter. But don't forget products like Stamp N Bond which you apply like you would an embossing powder but once heated the powder becomes tacky.

Oh and get can use Vilene Bondaweb (one of my all time favourite products). The stitchers amongst you are sure to have come across Bondaweb. It is a thin web of glue that melts when heated and is most commonly used to attach fabric to fabric for appliqué techniques and the like.

The bottom line for what to use to attach your transfer foils is that if it is tacky it will stick.

Let's Try It Out!

Transfer foils on different dry adhesives

I die cut some shapes from  a sheet of  thin 3D foam, a sheet of double-sided tape and some Stick It and stuck them to card with a sentiment I wrote using the ZIG Glue pen. I burnished the Stick It and double-sided tape down before taking off the top protective layer and burnished the transfer foil over the top.

results of transfer foils on different adhesives glues

And held up to catch the light...

ZOiNks! - no idea what happened with the 3D foam, it has worked perfectly in the past *sigh*. Luckily I have one that I did earlier:

Gold Transfer foil on die-cut 3D foam

What Next?

Ok so we have tried transfer foils out and it was fun but what can we actually do with them?

  • Well how about foiling your die-cuts? 
  • Apply the glue thinly through masks and foil it for lovely metallic backgrounds.
  • Use Stick It through a mask and foil it.
  • Got to LOVE the foiled lettering, what about going big and making some home décor word art?
  • Foiled stamped images anyone? 
  • Now empty out your embellishments draw(s) and foil everything! Alphas, tags, stickers gems and pearls. 
  • Foil your glue dots.
  • Get your letterpress plates out and foil away.

In theory if you can apply a tacky adhesive to something then you can foil it!

So far I have tried gems, beads, chipboard alphabet stickers and dry adhesives die-cut like above or through a mask, wet adhesives written with or through masks all with great success so...

Go bling Baby and foil it!

How will you use your transfer foils? Have you been tempted by the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator*? I would love to know. Drop me a comment with your transfer foil stories below.

If you are looking for more ways to get the gold look then check out these posts:

get the gold look with Krylon Leafing Pens Get the gold look with Creative Expressions Gilding Wax

Some suggested products (*some of these are affiliate links):

Friday, 13 February 2015

Blitsy Tutorial Time: DIY Bespoke Loved-Up Coasters

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Well I am a luck bunny! I've got another tutorial up on the Blitsy website* today.

This time it is a coaster revamp to give your Valentine's table a bit of a bespoke love!

Upcycled Valetnine's day coasters

You can find the whole tutorial on the Blitsy Website* under the 'Discover' tab in the top right hand corner of your screen.

Hope you like it and have some coaster revamping fun with it!

Happy Valentine's day for tomorrow!


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Blitsy Tutorial Time: DIY Paperclip Embellishments

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Everyone is into planners at the moment aren't they? Well what about these cute DIY paperclip embellishments to help organise your life?

Make your own paperclip embellishments

They are super easy to do and you can checkout the full tutorial in the 'Discover' section on the Blitsy* website.

Catch you later Organisators!