Faux Metal Embellishments + Giveaway (Updated Video)

Hello! Today I am showing a fun way to create dimensional faux metallic embellishments with die cuts and embossing powder. I have been doing this technique for years and never grow tired of it!

Faux Metal Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I simply will never grow tired of the wow-factor of heat embossing! For this technique, I used layers of heat embossing to transform die cuts into faux metal embellishments. Check out the results…

Faux Metal Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I find I get the best results when I first glue together three die cuts for added dimension. (These Concord & 9th Layering Leaves Dies are perfect for this technique.) I then press my VersaMark ink pad down on the top of the stacked die cuts and shake on a layer of a metallic embossing powder. After heating it and allowing it to cool, I repeat the process three times to create a very smooth, thick layer of “metal” over the die cuts. The Hero Arts Silver, Gold, and Cooper embossing powders are perfect for this!

I also layered three black cardstock “wonderful” die cuts (Concord & 9th Wonderful Words Dies) and covered with black embossing powder.

Faux Metal Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also wanted to splatter some sparkle in the background. Get this – I did it with water! I just flicked water on the background… added WOW Silver Glitter Embossing Powder and heat embossed. Works great!

I used the Concord & 9th Give Thanks Stamps to create a matching envelope. I really like the Gina K kraft envelopes.

Faux Metal Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the next card, I also used a leaf from the Concord & 9th Layering Leaves Dies but this time I covered the die cuts with three layers of Ranger Verdigris Embossing Powder. This powder has been a favorite of mine for years and I haven’t used it enough lately. It is gorgeous. I also added a gold-covered “lovely” die cut on top… and add it all to a gold notecard.

Faux Metal Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My final card uses hearts that I created from a leaf. I stacked three white die cuts together and added color with my Copics. Finally, I embossed three layers of clear powder. The results are fun! The sentiment is from the Concord & 9th Brushed Blossom Stamp Set.

Faux Metal Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Oh – and don’t forget about Concord & 9th’s fabulous Sophisticated Script Lower Stamp Set. It is perfect for adding names to envelopes. I use this set (and the caps) A LOT.

Faux Metal Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


My dear friends at Concord & 9th are celebrating their one year anniversary with a month-long Birthday Bash Blog Hop. I am happy and honored to be today’s stop. I have been very impressed by the great products that Angie and Greg (the owners) have come out with in the last year… and all the good that they have added to the craft industry. Such amazing people.

All month long they are having amazing promotions and fun stuff… you can find the info HERE.

To follow along all month for the hop, head HERE.

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I have a $20 Concord & 9th gift certificate for a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 8/31/16 telling me which Concord & 9th product is your favorite. You can see them all HERE. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Prize donated by C&9.)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Concord & 9th. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Concord and 9th (C9), etc.

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659 thoughts on “Faux Metal Embellishments + Giveaway (Updated Video)”

  1. Without a doubt, for me, it would be the layering leaves dies. They are something I can see myself using over and over and over again……Just looked at their site and they do have a whole lot of goodies over there…..may have to pull out a credit card…..lol

  2. I love those leaf dies! They would be great for masculine cards. And I love that Sophisticated script alpha stamp set! ?

  3. Hi Jennifer,

    I am new to crafting and need your help. I tried this technique using words I cut out from my cricut explore. However, I ripped the words every time I tried to use my gluenrunner on them. I have 2 questions: 1) what weight cardstock are you using to cut out the embellishments and words, and 2) do you find that cutting words with a cuttlebug or nick shot (as opposed to a cricut explore) gives a stiffer cut out? Thanks in advance and keep up the great work. You inspire me to be creative on a daily basis.

    I love all of Concord & 9th’s stamps and dies, but I am really having fun with their Dotty Turnabout Stamp Set! And thank you for another fabulous lesson! My sisters and I have been stamping for 18 years, and one of the first embossing powders we ever bought was Verdigris (I still have one of the original bottles) and we used it constantly in the beginning. I’m going to pull it out and try using it again!

  5. I love the Concord and 9th turnabout stamps. I can’t believe they have only been in business for a year. So glad I found them and you. Thank you

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