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

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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. I love the sophisticated script, I bought it when it first came out after waiting for ever because it was sold out! Love your cards.

  2. Love your cards and those metallic embellishments. Even though I didn’t think I wanted those die cuts, yea I do. Thanks.

  3. I never tire of embossing either! I can’t help but smile as I watch it melt. Love how it looks layered. My favorite C&9 product is the Blossom Die, but in all honesty…I have lots of favorites! Love them. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. I LOVE the raised technique you’ve done! Just BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for the direction to get here to leave a comment. THANK UOU for a chance to win. But MOST OF ALL….KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!! I actually get a TON of inspiration from your emails and blogs. I’m thrilled to see your messages in my inbox. I CASE a lot, because my brain just doesn’t work in a way to let me create a lot on my own. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your willingness to share! Have a wonderful day!

  5. The sophisticated script letters are fabulous. So versatile.
    Thanks for sharing this technique. Sometimes an older technique seems new again after a while.

  6. The Give Thanks Bundle is my favorite and you have used it beautifully! I’m going to try this technique, the results are stunning.

  7. Never new that you could use water for heat embossing. Neat trick. I am loving the Sophisticated Script Lower Stamps. TFS

  8. Very pretty cards! I love the effect of the metallic embossing powder on the die cuts. My favorite in this release is the Thanks Card die. I also like the Floral & Flutter die from an old release.

  9. Love this technique. Looks just like the more expensive metal embellishments! The Sophisticated script stamp sets are amazing. Beautiful.

  10. Hands down, my fav is and may forever be, the Take a Bough stamps and dies… though I love the Sophisticated Script stamps too. Loved today’s technique… seen it before but needed the reminder! Thanks!

  11. Hey Jennifer, Thank you for sharing the techniques for embossing. Watching ep turn liquid and shiny is so cool but turning paper into embellishments that look like metal is beyond cool. Can’t wait to try this. I will never tire watching the powder change to liquid and then shiney!! I have a hard time choosing my fave stamp set . The first set I purchased was the PoP Art Pineapple set. Then the Wildflower and the Birdie Banners sets. I’m planning on getting the Sophisticated Script set next..So I would have to say those are my four fave sets, is that okay to have four faves….LOL!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Concord & 9th!! Thank you Jennifer for featuring some of your fave product from them!!!

  12. Love the effect of the multiple embossing…can not believe that water can be used for embossing…amazing!

  13. I like this technique and I think I will use it & then share with my group of crafters. I am attending an event & was asked to do a make & take. This could apply to card makers & scrapbookers alike
    0 Who couldn’t use some faux metal embellishments? I think silver snowflakes would be really pretty! I will also let them know about your site & how much they can learn.
    Thank you!

  14. I love this technique and it’s perfect for this stamp set. My favorite is how you turned the leaves into hearts! I have a lot of favorites and have an order on the way (I can’t wait to get it!). I think my new favorite might just be the Give Thanks bundle!

  15. Water will hold embossing powder for cool sparkly splatters??? And that is why I love your videos! Great cards and great techniques. Thank you.

  16. I love that alphabet set! And I’m going to have to try embossing with water. That’s really cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. I MUST try this technique…those embellishments look amazing!! I love the leaves dies, and that script alphabet set. Both are going on my wish list! =)

  18. My favorite die of them is coming to live with me soon. It’s the die to make the cutest christmas trees on earth!

  19. I really like the Wildflower stamp set! Thank you for your version of faux metal, they all look Fabulous~

  20. I have never used the stacking embossing technique and am loving it. So far two anniversary, and seven birthday. The work involved is well worth the final result. Thanks for sharing and for your wonderful videos.
    Marlene Theissen

  21. I really like hugs and sweet and cool! Very cute stamps. Thanks for the cool technique video. Your videos are really changing the way I make cards and I am having so much fun learning your tricks! I look forward to signing up for a class very soon–I’m just building my stash so I have everything I need to play along first. 🙂

  22. I really like those Sophisticated Clear Stamp letters!! What pretty cards! I will have to try the water technique!

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