Gold Tipped Feathers Tutorial

I recently shared a card for the Moxie Fab Thanks Blog Hop honoring Cath Edvalson that showcased a trio of gold tipped feathers. Today, I thought I would share with you a small tutorial on how I created those feathers using die cut feathers, a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen and gold glitter glue.

Gold Tipped Feathers Smile Card by Juliana Michaels


For the Card:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste
Sticker: Jillibean Soup
Resin Embellishment: Paper Bakery
Twine: The Twinery

For the Feathers:
Die Cut Paper Feathers
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
Gold Glitter Glue - American Crafts


I cut my feathers using a digital cut file that came with the Paper Bakery September Kits and my Silhouette Cameo. There are many feather images available online for use with your digital cutting machine, especially at the Silhouette Online Store. Another option would be to use a metal die such as this one by My Favorite Things. You could also hand cut them.


Here is how I created the gold tipped feathers on my Smile Card.

Gold Tipped Feathers Tutorial 1

Begin with cutting your feathers from cardstock.

Gold Tipped Feathers Tutorial 2

Fold them in half.

Gold Tipped Feathers Tutorial 3

Next take your scissors and cut from the outside edge toward the folded center, being careful not to cut through the middle of the feather.

Gold Tipped Feathers Tutorial 4

Once you have cut like this along both sides of the feather, take the Krylon Gold Leafing Pen and color the top part of the feather.

Gold Tipped Feathers Tutorial 5

Repeat coloring with the Gold Pen on each of the feathers until they all have gold tips. As you can see, your coloring does not have to be perfect.

Gold Tipped Feathers Tutorial 6

Finally, take your gold glitter glue and apply it over the gold colored area for a little extra glam.

Gold Tipped Feathers Smile Card by Juliana Michaels detail

I really love the way these feathers turned out. Don't you? Along with the "smile" sticker that I also colored with the Krylon Gold Leafing Pen they add such a wonderful touch to this happy card. 


  1. Sooooooooo gorgeous!! LOVING those feathers!!! Pinning!!!!

  2. Oh I love this....I just found one of those pens while I was cleaning this weekend...gah, now where did I put it? :)

    super pretty smile the colors and of course the feathers!

  3. So pretty! I Need to get one of those pens!

  4. The gold dipped tips really do make these feathers sooo extra special! Glamorous and fun all at the same time. Love that you gilded the sentiment, too!

  5. I'm loving the gold-tipped feathers trend, and love the tutorial here, and the unique look you achieved using both gold-leafing pen plus a hint of glitter on top. Looks awesome, Juliana!

  6. Wow! Gorgeous! Love how you made the leaves!

  7. Great tutorial Juliana! I love the Gold tip on the feathers, and that you added a little bit of sparkle with the Glitter!


Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa