I just got this variety pack of metal leaf and wanted to play with it a little before using it on the larger project I have in mind. My origami-style heart design made for a fun little draftboard project with serious shine.
I cut a slightly larger piece, sanded, and painted blue. Then re-masked, scored, and cut. I unmasked a few pieces at a time to do the leafing color by color. The leaf shows every bit of texture from brushing on the adhesive. I went for the chippier/imperfect look because I was lazy. For a more finished look, I would water down my adhesive, take my time, and paint in a similar color before leafing.
This one shows the shine factor a little better. The blue isn’t quite as pronounced as this makes it look.