So I have a new favorite product. The wedding is only three weeks away, and now that I’m back from India, I am DIY-ing the heck out of things. I love gold leaf and gold foil, but sometimes it’s just not worth the hassle or the mess. I’ve been searching for a good paint alternative and thanks to a recommendation from Elsie, I found it in Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding Paint. It is so easy to use and produces absolutely stunning results! I need a little self restraint to keep myself from turning everything around me gold (Midas anyone?).
My first project with the liquid gilding paint was these easy DIY gilded greeting cards. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that I love making handmade invites and thank you cards (see here and here and here). This was a nice little project to tank up my notecard stash, but I actually had an occasion in mind when I made them.
Because we’re having a very small wedding with only 35 guests, so of course there are many people who aren’t on the list that we still want to celebrate our big day with. As a compromise, we’ve decided to invite a handful of friends to celebrate with us for dessert, drinks and dancing after the reception dinner is complete. Because I’m making the dessert table myself I figured having more people for dessert would just give me an excuse to bake more!
These gilded greeting cards took only a few minutes and I am so happy with the results! I printed out inserts with the invitation information instead of writing directly on the card. My hope is that people will reuse the cards to brighten someone else’s day!
DIY Gilded Greeting Cards
1. Cut your cardstock to your desired size.
2. Place the washi tape or painter’s tape on the card to block off the section that you want to paint. Depending on the thickness of your cardstock, you may want to put another sheet between the card folds in case the paint bleeds through.
3. Lightly coat the front of your card with liquid gilding paint.
4. To add some variety, I also did some free handed paint designs by randomly brushing the cardstock.
5. Let the cardstock dry and gently peel off the washi or painter’s tape.