metallic decoupage paper

Do you love metallic decoupage paper, but aren’t a fan of too much shine?

DecoArt has come out with a new line of paper and of the current line of 12 packs (three different designs in each), 6 of those packs have metallic decoupage paper in silver and gold. They are stunning and with the different designs in each metallic decoupage paper pack, you can create many styles of art, whether it’s for art journaling, mixed media, artist trading cards, scrapbooking or embellishing home decor items such as boxes, frames or trays.

I was looking at cutting back on some of the shine and naturally metallics tend to resist paint, but the paper I used, resisted the paint, but very, very subtly.  I have shine, but it’s not over the top.  I was also looking to use circles in a distressed fashion and because the stencils I have, the circles are too large, I turned to sequin waste aka punchanella.  Using colours next to each other on the colour wheel makes this an easy design for beginners.

metallic decoupage paper
metallic decoupage paper

These papers are thicker than tissue, but significantly thinner than most metallic decoupage papers currently available and they are extremely soft, durable, and pliable.  The design on the extreme left of the photo is the paper I used in the design.

How to Use Metallic Decoupage Paper as a Resist


Background Type:

  • Any substrate that can accept acrylic paint.  In this lesson, I am using the primed binder paper created in Book of Backgrounds #17

Palette:  DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Hansa Yellow Medium – DMFA50
  • Diarylide Yellow – DMFA11
  • Cadmium Orange Hue – DMFA15
  • Green Gold – DMFA14
  • Titan Buff – DMFA38
  • Dark Grey Value 3 – DMFA22

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium – DMM20
  • Americana Decou-Page Medium (paper) – DS115

Accessories and Tools

  • Americana Decou-Page Paper, Metallic Type – DP51
  • Dual Sided Paint Pouncer – DABK19
  • Texturing Tools – DAS175

Specialty Items

  • Sequin Waste aka Punchanella


Royal Aqualon

  • 1/2″, 3/4″ & 1″ Wash Glaze – R2700

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Royal Palette/Painting Knife – LG2
  • Unstick Reusable Arts & Craft Sheet (
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun


What did you think?

Have you ever used metallic or foil paper in your art?  if so, how did you use it?  Share in the comments below?