• Darcy Edl

Metallic Gilding Polish Background Tutorial


Hi everybody, today we've picked a quick and easy technique for making several backgrounds in a short period of time. We will be using Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Polish with a few of the popular 3D embossing folders from Simon Says Stamp and Altenew. If you would like to watch the video version of this tutorial, just scroll down to the end of this post.

First, let's quickly talk about some of the products we used, starting with the paper. This is the Tim Holtz Ideaology Blackout Paper. It comes in an 8x8 inch pad, and each page is black textured on one side and a smooth kraft color on the other. We will be focusing on using the black side of the paper for this technique. Now, I cranked out a bunch of different 3D backgrounds, making sure the black side was facing the indented or etched side of the folder. As I was running them through my Sizzix Big Shot, I got ahead of myself and realized that I placed one paper upside-down, ending up with the kraft paper side raised up. You will see the card put together below and how it's "fine," but really, there is no comparison when applying the polish to the black side of the paper.


Metallic Gilding Polish comes in these smaller-sized jars, and they run between $8 and $15 on Amazon. Before you think that may be a bit pricey, let me tell you, these will go a long way. You barely use any product and get a lot of coverage. To see full instructions please watch the video. I don't show it here, but before you start, you'll want to wet the applicator with a little warm soapy water and push out as much of the water as you can into a paper towel or rag.

Metallic Gilding Polish comes in a variety of colors, but since this was a new craft product to me, I decided to go with what I know I will use. I purchased Chocolate Bronze, Copper Shine, Gold Treasure, and Silver Dream. To be honest, there is very little difference between the Gold Treasure and the Copper Shine, so I would suggest buying one or the other.


Let's get started and make some quick backgrounds. Ever so slightly, smear a quarter to a third of your applicator into the polish. As you're removing the sponge, actually skim it across the rim of the jar to remove any excess. Then rub your applicator in circles onto your craft mat or glass media mat. You may not get an even application across the sponge, but that's okay. Apply the polish to your embossed paper in a circular motion.


Remember when I said that I embossed one sheet upside-down? Here it is, but I didn't want to waste it, so I just went ahead and applied the Chocolate Bronze Polish. I felt like I wasn't getting the coverage I wanted, so I rubbed the applicator back into the polish on my mat in a circular motion and picked up a little more. You can see what I meant when I said it turned out just "fine." The black side of the Blackout paper definitely gives better results.

I'll show you one more background using the Silver Dream Polish while we talk about clean-up. A very tiny amount of soap and warm water is all it takes. I used a damp paper towel on my craft mat, and it wiped right off. The applicator is easy too, just make sure to push out as much water as possible when you're done cleaning it. I recommend you set the applicator sideways in the top of the lid to dry thoroughly before storing.


In the video I ran my hand across a background in real-time to show you just how fast this Gilding Polish dries. That is another reason to like this technique, you can make several cards, and you don't have to wait for the backgrounds to dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.



Here are a couple of the finished cards. I paired them with matching Memory Box Metallic Papers and simple black cardstock with white inserts for a personal message. When I made these, I thought of sympathy cards, but I think they work for all sorts of occasions. Graduation, Anniversary, Thank You's… the options are limitless.



Thanks so much for joining us today and please don't forget to leave us a comment below. Monday the 15th, we will be announcing our April 1st Giveaway, and we are super excited about it!


From the team at Cactus Collaborative, take care, and we hope you make something that makes you feel prickly all over!




Product List:

(If the item is underlined, we linked it to Simon Says Stamp or Amazon for your convenience.)

Tim Holtz Blackout Paper

Cardstock Stack Metallic Paper

Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Polish:

Chocolate Bronze

Copper Shine

Gold Treasure

Silver Dream

Embossing Folders:

SSS Floral Field, Altenew Tulip 3D & Angled Mosaic, and Spellbinders M-bossabilities (Boot Prints are no longer available)

Sentiment Dies:

CZ Designs Proud Of You, and Hello

SSS Miss You and Painted Congrats

Altenew Thanks,

Honey Bee Bloom, Adventure and Journey

Avery Elle With Sympathy

Stampendous Metallic Owl Stamp Set