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May 1, 2012


My sister Izzy is visiting with us this week while she's helping a friend move. She remembered to bring along a couple of projects to show me, that she made at a scrapbooking retreat recently put on by Wanda's Scrappin' With the Chicks. I thought I'd show them to you and outline a technique she used with something called 'Inka Gold'. 

It's the first time I've heard about this product, although it's probably been around for a while. I notice they use it on clays as well. Anyway, here is the first item she made:
 Note the rich antique type look of the background. This was achieved with foil, black paint and inka gold. Here's a photo of the back as well, so you can get a better idea.
I've always liked things that contrast. That's why I love this strand of 'pearls' over top of the ribbon on this almost grungy background.

Foil and Inka Gold Technique
1) Take a piece of foil the correct size and crumple it.
2) Roll over the foil with a brayer and flatten it.
3) Crumple the foil again and use the brayer on it.
4) Wrap your crumpled foil onto the tin can.
5) Paint it with black acrylic paint and let dry.
6) Smear the inka gold on the foil until it looks the way you like. The sample above uses purple, gold, red and blue.
7) Decorate with your embellishments. You're done!

This next project was one where they were given certain items and told to use them all on this wooden kleenex box cover. Then they could add other items as well. 
She was given a piece of plastic canvas, a purple ribbon, a piece of hemp string, coffee filter flowers, punched out leaves, and some clear gems. Here is a better photo of the side.
**Just click on the photos for a better look...I had trouble getting a good picture!
Using Tim Holtz distress ink, she changed the color of the ribbon to brown. 
She colored the flowers with Tim Holtz stain and crinkled them. Then added inka gold for shine.
The hemp string was used to weave through the ribbon and gather it, giving it a really nice detail.
Can you see the piece of plastic canvas? Very nice! Of course, no piece would be complete without some flowers and bling!
I also like the fact that she used a brown distress stain on the kleenex box first and then took the paper, distressed the edges and inked them before sticking them on. Very nice.

Hope you enjoyed this post!


  1. Thanks for sharing these lovely projects your sister made. What a great effect that Inka Gold gives. I have never heard of it. I don't know if it's available in Holland?

    1. Glad you enjoyed this post! I'm not positive which brand she used or where they supply to. She's going to let me know when she gets home. I've found a couple of brands online...I'm assuming you could order it that way? It sure is pretty though isn't it?!

  2. Gosh, these are gorgeous projects :) a little grunge but so bearutiful! TFS


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