Faux Metal Sentiments + GIVEAWAY

Today I am sharing how to create faux metal sentiments… along with some tips for lining up a beautiful layering stamp set. I also have a great giveaway!

[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.]

Embossing powder is great for creating a faux metal look. You can create your own embellishments this way but today I thought I would use the technique for a sentiment.

I started by creating a thick die cut from some recycled chipboard and a SugarPea Designs Layered Treat Label Die. After covering it with VersaMark Ink, I added Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder and heat set it. I repeated this five or six times and ended up with a smooth, dimensional, metallic embellishment. I also stamped a sentiment on top with VersaMark Ink and added another color of powder and heat set it.

For this first example, I used words from the Neat and Tangled Medallion Flower Builder and Waffle Flower Balloon Messages Stamp Sets on the silver label and heat embossed it with Ranger Watering Can Embossing Powder. It looks so smooth!

For the background, I used the Waffle Flower Layering Marble Stamp Set. Isn’t it amazing how real this looks?! I found it works great with Simon Says Stamp Fog, Hero Arts Soft Granite, and Hero Arts Charcoal inks. LOVE! Great for masculine or classic cards.

On this next one I just used the “thanks” from the Neat and Tangled Medallion Flower Builder Stamp Set for a simple look.

This next sentiment is fun! It is from the Butterfly Reflections Ink #Hashtag Stamp Set. I looks great white heat embossed on a silver embossed label.

I completed the card by adding the pieces to a Simon Says Stamp Slate notecard and adhering a Simon Says Stamp Smoke Cardstock strip covered in Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen. Sometimes simple is best!


Here are a few videos that also share faux metal techniques:


In this video I used the Butterfly Reflections Ink #Hashtag Stamp Set. My friend Joscie Cutchens designed it for Butterfly Reflections and I think it is so fun and unique! Vanessa at BR is offering a 10% off discount at her store if you are interested in this stamp set or anything else she carries! Use the code “HASHTAGJM10” for 10% off now through 3/26/17! Shop HERE.


I have an extra Butterfly Reflections Ink #Hashtag Stamp Set for a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 4/1/17 telling me if you have ever tried a faux metal technique. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Want to find 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. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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630 thoughts on “Faux Metal Sentiments + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Another wonderful technique to try especially since I’ve never done it before. I especially enjoyed all the tips you gave in addition with regards to layering the stampsor how to hold the tag while embossing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I have tired it but I did it by trying to build up the layers of powder while it was hot, rather than applying more versamark, and it ended up all blotchy… I was also doing it on a die-cut shape that wasn’t solid, so it didn’t have enough strength. I know for next time what to do! 🙂

  3. Hi Jennifer,
    No I have not tried a faux metal card yet nor a layered stamp. I’m new to stamping and just started building my supplies.. The card is beautiful and the marble look is stunning with the metal embellishment.

  4. Saved to my favorites for future reference as I have never tried this technique and know it’s a winner!! Then I boogied over to Butterfly Ink, ordered one of the Hashtag Stamps and picked up Creative Corners for my Misti 🙂 Win Win Day 🙂

  5. I’ve never made the faux metal elements using embossing powder before. It seemed too daunting since before it was using a few cardstocks stacked together. But now with using chipboard, I think I can give it a try! Thanks!

  6. I’m so looking forward to the Fiskars 4 Piece Stamp Block Set to be back in stock! This was another excellent tutorial, being that I am somewhat of a newbie to card making. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with such detailed information to make beautiful cards! Also, the links to purchase the items is so convenient. Sincerely, Shelley L. 🙂

  7. I’ve tried faux metal technique with acrylic paint on hot glue chunks with Mod Molds, and sometimes on black die-cut with metallic acrylic sometimes with light blue brushed on.

  8. Thanks as always for sharing. Can’t wait to try this. I have only made cards with duct and such tapes and aluminum foil to create faux metal accents.

  9. Hi Jennifer, I’ve made faux metal sentiments on a scrapbook layout once using chunky enamel embossing powder. I only have three of that type and thought I was limited to those colors. I am so excited to try this with all my other colors now! I’m assuming the non-metal colors will look like enamel elements. And I’ve never tried stamping or embossing on the elements so my head is spinning with ideas now! I love all your cards and can’t wait to get that marble layering stamp! Thanks for the great ideas as always!

  10. Very cool look you created on these marble cards. I have tried this technique but only with ckear embossing powder.

  11. Hi Jennifer,
    I have never used the faux metal technique but after seeing your video, I am going to try it!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sandy from RSA

  12. What a stunning card! A great idea for guys too! I will save a box of cereal for the chipboard! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Your faux metal technique is simply brilliant! I watched your video and was completely amazed at how simple it was to get such a beautiful result. Your cards are awesome!! I’ve never tried this technique but I think I can do it after watching your video. Thank you.

  14. I have not tried this technique but will today!! I have heat embossed many times but not like this. thanks

  15. Yes, I have tried the faux metal technique. It was on the edge of a very delicate flower die, and I did a watercolor type background behind it. I really enjoyed the cards you made. They were very masculine, but very elegant as well.

    1. Beautiful metallic look. I can’t wait to try this. I have made my shopping list and am ready to go to the craft store! Love you Jennifer McGuire!

  16. I have not tried this faux metal technique, but I am anxious to do so. Thank you for sharing with ‘all’ of us! Your cards are amazing!

  17. I have a rose line die that I love to cut out and do faux metal with the Ranger Liquid Platinum. I have also used this technique for large sentiments. On a similar topic, I use craft cardstock, dark brown craft foam,Vintage Photo and metal brads to replicate a leather look banner on my more rustic outdoorsy cards.

  18. I’ve used this technique on some chipboard shapes and Tim Holtz’s grunge paper with some great results. It gives good results! Love the stamps you used!

  19. I have never tried a faux metal technique before, but I want to now because your card are amazing, as always! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

  20. I have yet to try the faux metal technique but with your very informative video on the subject, I feel very confident to try it once I get my supplies in. I love your videos and share them with friends and family. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

  21. Jennifer, I look so forward to your videos every day. I have learned so much from you. I just am so amazed by your creativity and am so blessed that you are willing to share your great ideas with all of us out here in the paper craft world. You are my “go to girl ” when my mind is blank. Thank you for being there for me!

  22. Hi Jennifer…… No, I have not tried a faux metal technique, but you have inspired me, once again! Your cards are beautiful & dignified – great for all occasions & masculine cards, which I find more challenging to make. Thanks for the opportunity to win the stamp set!

  23. I never tried a faux metal technique before. I want to make some Easter cards so I think that is the best chance to try it. Your cards are always stunning and perfect. thank you so much for inspiration !

  24. I have done a faux metal technique worth a stencil, embossing paste and several layers of embossing powder. I even did one that looked like patina. It’s great.

  25. I have done this technique with embellishments after watching your video, and LOVED IT! Thanks for all your super videos!

  26. I have this stamp set but couldn’t figure out what to do with the backgrounds. Thank you again for the inspiration! Beautiful cards, as always!

  27. I have not tried this faux metal technique, but your instructions are so clear that I feel confident in giving it a try soon. Thank you!

  28. Gorgeous faux metal sentiment labels, Jennifer, and I love your faux marble background too! Yup – have tried this technique but I appreciate all your tips! I will be more successful next time I try it, thanks to you!! And thanks for the chance to win – love that set!!

  29. I received a card with a tag very similar to the one Jennifer just made and I tried to figure out how to make one for a card if was going to send to a friend but I couldn’t figure it out. Now I know. Thank you Jennifer. I made the tag, sent my card and I was very pleased with the way it came out.

  30. Hi Jennifer. Wonderful video showcasing this technique. I haven’t tried any faux metal techniques yet but you always make things look so manageable, I think I’ll give this a try. I really loved your faux marble background also. Thanks for sharing with us.

  31. As always, your cards are amazing and it is really cool to find a card idea that is perfect for men! thank you

  32. Great cards. Love the faux marble and metal sign. I haven’t tried that technique but I want to now. Thanks.

  33. I tried at one point to do a faux metal embossed piece but I didn’t realize that I should keep repeating and that’s when it gets smooth! Thank you so much for that tip, and I can’t wait to try it ! The marble stamp looks amazing – I learn so much from (endlessly-lol) watching your techniques – God bless!

  34. I have done variations on this but never embossing sentiments on a full embossed piece. Love the idea and am certainly going to try it. I am also getting that marbling stamp set! Love the look of marbled paper but this is much easier way of getting that look!

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