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. I love the script letters in both upper and lower case stamp sets, but I also am a sucker for word dies so the wonderful words dies would have to be a favorite as well.

  2. Thanks for showing this awesome technique!!! Without having to the UTEE! Among the Concord and 9th products, I like Wonderful Words dies the most.

  3. My favorite stamp is without a doubt the Sophisticated Script Lower stamp set. You have covered every possibility that we could want and then some. I always find that I can create beautiful pieces of artwork but when it comes to the lettering I pause and hope that I don’t ruin my piece when I do the script by hand. With this stamp my worries are gone. The Sophisticated Script stamp set has everything that you could possibly want and then some. You no longer have to worry about messing up your work with your own writing. This set adds flair and beauty to your art pieces! No more worries only true bliss when you have this stamp set. When I say they have left nothing out, I mean the two different r stamps. One for the beginning of a word and one for the middle of a word. Plus the extra curves for ending a word or starting a word. These add that “sophisticated” touch to your work. Lastly the laurels are a great extra to again use as another “sophisticated” touch to add to our work. It is easy to see how they came up with the name of the stamp set. The Sophisticated Script Stamps are my favorite. I don’t have to worry about adding the script to my work, now I can rest assured that I will be adding sophistication tony piece of artwork . Thank you so much for a wonder all stamp set that has left us with everything we need and more to add script to our art! No more worries just pure sophistication! Thanks for such great work. Pamela Ashe

  4. Wow great technique. You made wonderful cards.
    My favorite Products are the Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script Lower Stamps and the Concord & 9th Layering Leaves Dies.

  5. This is such a beautiful technique! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Concord & 9th has so many amazing products and it’s hard to pick just one favorite. If I had to pick a product on the top of my wishlist, it would be the Sophisticated Script Upper and Lowercase stamps.

  6. Jennifer, you have more creative genius in your little finger nail than I have in my whole body!
    Beautiful cards! Thank you.

  7. Sophisticated Script is wonderful, but I really love Take a Bough…maybe because that was my first introduction to their awesome products.

  8. These are all fantastic! I’ve got that new give thanks set at the top of my wish list- the lowercase script is probably a close second!!
    Thanks for the inspiration and chance!!

  9. I love their scripts alphabets upper and lower case. They are fabulous. Thank you for an opportunity to win a gift certificate to this awesome company.

  10. Gorgeous techniques, Jennifer! Love the flicking of water and embossing. My fave C&9 product is Pop Art pineapple.

  11. Wow–your cards are so beautiful! I was not familiar with this technique, but now I can’t wait to try it out. I really love the look of the faux metal leaves so the “Give Thanks” stamp set and dies are my favorite Concord and 9th set!

  12. Those really make beautiful embellishments on your cards! Thanks for the awesome video. My favorite is the set you uses (Give Thanks) and I love the Blossom Bundle. I love how Concord & 9th bundle their stamps and dies together! Thanks for sharing on your blog.

  13. I like the Layering Leaves die you used for your video. I also would like to try the script alpha stamps – I have never been able to master calligraphy!

  14. Love this technique. I am still loving their Sophisticated upper and lower case lettering. My handwriting is just not what I want it to be and these letters are perfect.

  15. I have had my eye on the Sophisticated Script stamps for quite a while now. I love this video. I have so many embossing powders from when I first started card making and have not used them enough. I even have the verdigris powder that I bought years ago.

  16. I love the layering leaf dies that you used in the video. Thank you for such fabulous ideas…I am going to go look at my dies and see what I can do using that technique!

  17. I love the layering leave dies, and what a great technique that makes them look truly amazing. Definitely want to give this a try. Thank you.

  18. I like the give thanks but most of all the layering leaves die set- I think that would be so useful since it is intricate but not too much so. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

  19. I love your technique for the layering dies… so fantastic. I could make great cards with the Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script Dies and thanks for sharing your neat tips and for the chance to win!

  20. The Sophisticated Script sets are my favourites, but I really like the barnwood background stamp too. Thanks for the video too.

  21. Oh my goodness, Jennifer! It’s almost impossible to choose my favorite item, but I think I have to go with the stamp set, Sophisticated Script letters. I absolutely love them!

  22. I have been playing with the Birdie Banners lately and love all the possibilities. I also love the Eat Cake and Celebrate set — easy to make cards for men/boys

  23. Another amazing project and video, Jennifer!!! Thank you for always inspiring and teaching new ways to stretch our supplies! I was going to say that the You Crazy Cat (with the Crazy Awesome) stamp set is my absolute favorite, but now that I see it’s no longer available I’m going to say that the Happy Day and Hugs Bundles are my faves. (Couldn’t pick just one! Haha) ☺️

  24. My favourite is definitely the Sophisticated Script! So versatile, so lovely and so useful for people like me who just can’t get the hang of calligraphy! Thanks so much for the giveaway

  25. Gorgeous cards and creative techniques – I really need to try that water splatter. Love the leaf die cut you used. Thanks for the chance!

  26. My favorite is the wonderful words dies. My jaw is still dropped at all the work that you did to create these magnificent cards. It has caused me to slow down and to try to create a work of art rather than a quick card. I have to say, I am more pleased with my work lately. Thanks for your inspiring me with your creativity and talent.

  27. Thanks for the inspiration Jennifer and thanks to Concord and 9th for the giveaway! I am in love with the sweet and cool popsicle set, so dang cute!!!

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