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Go Glam! How To Use Metallic Paper

Metallics are in! Metallic tones add a bold and elegant touch your designs, from projects as simple as homemade cards to more sophisticated endeavors like business cards, stationery, or even your wedding paper suite.

Incorporating metallic tones into your craft and design projects is like finding your favorite pair of designer jeans on sale for half price – you get all the glamor without spending an absolute bomb. The Paper Mill Store carries metallic paper and cardstock in almost every color – and even pre-cut and folded blank notecards and envelopes – so you can add a luxe touch any project.

Tips for Crafting and Designing with Metallic Paper

It’s easy to use metallic tones in your craft and design projects, but they can feel a bit intimidating if you’ve never worked with metallics before. Here are a few suggestions for getting your feet wet:

  • Be bold! Metallic tones are bold by nature, so lean into it and don’t be afraid to make metallic shades a major part of your color palette.
  • Go for contrast. Metallic tones look more matte than glossy, so add contrast by pairing lighter metallics like gold and silver with darker complimentary colors, and vice versa.
  • For a subtler look, try pairing metallic envelopes with non-metallic paper printed with metallic ink. This is a great technique for creating eye-catching stationery and memorable wedding invitations. Similarly, try using metallic paper for the embellishments on your homemade cards and scrapbook layouts.

There’s no limit to how you can creatively incorporate metallic paper into your craft and design projects. Don’t be afraid to play around with different uses, tones, and complimentary colors!

Metallic Paper Crafts

Crafting with metallic paper is easy. Metallic papers and cardstocks can be substituted for any standard sheet of paper, but if you want a little more metallic inspiration, here are some of our favorite metallic paper crafts:

Paper Flowers

These metallic paper dahlias look great as a gift topper, and they’d also make a stunning, no-maintenance floral arrangement for your home.

Paper Dahlias Lia Griffith

Learn how to make your own paper dahlias. Create the same look as Lia using this purple cardstock.

Paper Camellias like these ones by Lia Griffith are perfect for weddings. They’d make a lovely DIY bouquet or centerpiece, or even a romantic backdrop for your wedding photos.

Paper Camellias Lia Griffith

Here’s how to make them. This pink metallic cardstock is the perfect paper choice.

Paper Votive Holders

Dress up those boring votive candles with metallic paper!

Paper Votive Holders Martha Stewart

These votive candle holders are easy to make, and are a quick way to inject an element of glamor into any space or event. Follow this tutorial to make your own. Find the perfect shade for your color scheme – shop our entire catalogue of metallic cardstock.

Metallic Pinecones

These metallic paper pinecones are perfect for autumn, winter, and the holiday season. Place them artfully on your mantle, incorporate them into your holiday tablescape, or hang them from your Christmas tree.

Paper Pinecones Lia Griffith

Learn how to make metallic paper pinecones. Try using this brown metallic cardstock, or pick your favorite color! Take a look at our full selection of metallic cardstock.

Fairy Crowns

Who needs crafts when you can play dress up! Try making these paper crowns.

Paper Fairy Crown Lia Griffith

Download the PDF template or SVG cutting machine files here, thanks to Lia Griffith. This gold metallic cardstock is perfect, and so is this silver cardstock!

Metallic Garlands

These metallic garlands aren’t just for New Year’s Eve! They’re the perfect decoration for any party.

NYE Streamers from Martha Stewart

Here’s how to make your own metallic streamers. Instead of adhering metallic wrapping paper to plain cardstock, simplify matters by using metallic cardstock. Try using this gold metallic cardstock.

Printing on Metallic Paper

Printing on metallic paper is slightly different than printing on normal, matte paper, especially when you print at home. The trick is to use a laser printer, not an inkjet printer.

Inkjet printers use wet ink, which can have trouble adhering to the metallic finish of your paper. In contrast, laser printers use dry toner, which results in a sharper, more well-defined printed finish.

Metallic Papers

We sell metallic paper in every color of the rainbow! No matter what your color scheme or usage, we’ve got the perfect paper. We’ve even got envelopes and blank notecards in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

Stardream Metallic Paper

Stardream metallic papers are a great choice for any craft or design project. It’s available in many sizes, from the standard 8.5” x 11” sheet up to 28.3” x 40.2”! Designers will love that Stardream paper accepts off-set lithography, and crafters will love the range of colors available. Here are some of our favorites:

Azalea

Stardream Azalea Paper

Fairway

Stardream Fairway Paper

Ruby

Stardream Ruby Paper

Gold

Stardream Gold Paper

Shop our full selection of Stardream metallic paper.

ASPIRE Petallics

ASPIRE Petallics metallic papers are available in a wide range of colors, weights, and sizes. They’re even available as envelopes or blank notecards! ASPIRE Petallics’ mica-coated surface is specially developed for printing on offset, inkjet, laser, and toner digital presses. Check out our favorite Petallics papers:

Black Ore

Petallics Black Ore Card Stock

Autumn Hay

Petallics Autumn Hay Paper

Starburst Lichen

Petallics Starburst Lichen Paper

Wine Cup

Petallics Wine Cup Paper

See our full selection of ASPIRE Petallics metallic paper products.

Metallic Envelopes

Everyone loves receiving mail from their loved ones, and there’s nothing more exciting than seeing a metallic envelope in your mailbox alongside all those boring bills and frustrating flyers.

The Paper Mill Store carries metallic envelopes in a variety of styles:

Announcement Envelopes

ASPIRE Petallics Mountain Rose Envelopes

Square Envelopes

ASPIRE Petallics Silver Ore Envelopes

Correspondence Envelopes

ASPIRE Petallics Copper Ore Envelopes

Baronial Envelopes

Stardream Crystal Envelopes

Shop our full range of metallic envelopes.

Heavy Metal

Metallic paper and envelopes are a great way to spice up your paper crafts and design projects! Whether you use metallic paper as the base for a scrapbook layout, to create a glamorous embellishment on a handmade card, or for a stand-out business card, we’ve got the perfect paper for you.

Shop our full range of metallic paper and metallic cardstock.

Steph Schinkel
Steph Schinkel

<p>Steph is an avid crafter, DIY enthusiast, and regular contributor to The Paper who loves to handmake all of her cards. Above all else, Steph is a die-hard foodie with a massive sweet tooth and a deep, soul-consuming love for chocolate.</p>