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Faux Metal Mini Tutorial

I can’t remember the last time I used the faux metal technique, so I broke out my embossing supplies and gave it a go to make a Christmas in July card.

The supplies I needed were my embossing heat tool, Brushed Silver cardstock, Silver embossing powder, Versamark ink pad, and a stamp. I chose the ornament stamp from the Tags So Much stamp set.

I inked up the stamp in Versamark and set it aside.  Then I inked my Brushed Silver cardstock with Versamark and covered it with silver embossing powder.  Hint: I use a small clipboard covered in aluminum foil for my embossing.  I can clip my paper to the board and avoid burnt fingers.  The aluminum foil helps the paper to heat up quickly and evenly, making the embossing go faster.

Heat your paper until the embossing powder is nice and melty.  Then while it is still hot, sprinkle on a second layer of embossing powder and heat it until it melts.  Repeat until you have 3-5 layers of embossing powder.  Hint: Be careful when adding the additional layers that you hit it just right with  the heat tool so that the powder doesn’t blow off.  It might help to do this step in a tray or box with sides.  Otherwise your desk might be covered in a fine silver powder.  Learn from my mistakes –   that’s what I’m here for!

After you’ve done your last layer of embossing powder, grab your Versamark covered stamp and stamp it directly into the liquidy embossed goo.  Press firmly and then remove the stamp.  You’ll be left with a fabulous embossed faux metal design.  I would have taken a picture of this step, but my hands might have been covered in a fine silver powder from accidentally spraying embossing powder all over my desk in the previous step.

To finish the card, I let my faux metal design cool and then punched it out with my Ornament punch.  I popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on a Whisper White background, strung some Cherry Cobbler seam binding behind it, and then mounted that to a 3″ x 6″ piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I  just love the simple elegance!

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1 comment to Faux Metal Mini Tutorial

  • Tiffany

    Very pretty! I remember you talking about this technique years ago but I’ve never tried it.