Faux Textured Handmade Paper

Hello! Today’s video shows how to create faux handmade textured paper. This is SUPER easy and you likely have have what you need for it! And of course… I have lots of examples.

Faux Handmade Paper 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.]

This is a technique I used to do many years ago in my scrapbooking days. I like that it’s quick and easy to do and you don’t need many supplies… just cardstock and water!

Faux Handmade Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For each of my examples, I started by spraying a piece of cardstock heavily with water on both sides. Any heavyweight cardstock would work for this. (Check your scrap drawer!) I crumbled the cardstock into a ball, opened it up, and crumbled it again. I repeated the process several times, spraying a little more water in between. I used shimmer spray on a few examples for some shine. After drying it, I flattened it a bit by placing the paper between a piece of typing paper and running through my Big Shot machine.

I created many pieces of this textured paper using my scraps, so I have several examples to share on how to incorporate this faux handmade paper on to cards…


The first technique is to add more texture to the “handmade paper” by making an impression with dies.

For this card, I die cut the faux handmade textured cardstock using the Avery Elle Wave Die. Since the faux handmade paper is very thick and the die pattern is so intricate, it didn’t cut all the way through. However, it gives a beautiful impression that I used as a background for the images.

Faux Handmade Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I stamped the jellyfish images and sentiment from the Avery Elle Bubble stamp set and colored them with my Copic Markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and adhere them to the background along with some clear sparkling confetti from Pretty Pink Posh.


This faux handmade paper also makes a wonderful simply background!

After die cutting the same Avery Elle Wave Die from regular pool cardstock, I used strips of Be Creative Tape along the sides to adhere it to a piece of the textured paper. Perfect for a water background! I finished off the card with a turtle image and sentiment from the same Avery Elle Bubble Stamp Set… along with more sparkling confetti from Pretty Pink Posh.

Faux Handmade Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really like how the waves over the textured paper makes everything look like it is floating…

Faux Handmade Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


You can also die cut thick, textured paper… as long as you use a shim and a not-so-intricate die. The results can be gorgeous!

Faux Handmade Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my example, I die cut a simple circle from my faux textured paper. I then put it in the center of a white Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes die cut. From another piece of darker textured paper, I cut a heart from the new Avery Elle Heart Frame Die Set. The sentiment is a combination of the Avery Elle Sentimental Too Stamp Set and Sentimental Too Die Set… and works great for the envelope, too!

Faux Handmade Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Instead of covering a large background with textured paper, you can also just create a focal point background, such as a circle. The texture adds a lot of interest to the card!

Faux Handmade Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I again used the Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes Die and added a textured paper circle to the center… creating a focal point backdrop. I stamped, colored, and cut out flower images from the Avery Elle Floral Bouquet Stamp and Die Sets. I adhered them to the textured paper circle along with a “thanks so much” cut/layered from the Avery Elle Diagonal Stripes Die Set.

Faux Handmade Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


I didn’t use the textured paper on this card, but I did use many of the same supplies as the previous cards. That Avery Elle Waves Die is great for making an impression on a piece of white cardstock using a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat. Using a variety of Gina K Inks, I stamped and die cut images from the Avery Elle Tropics Stamp Set. The “hello” sentiment is from the Avery Elle Diagonal Stripes Die Set and I decorated the envelopes with the Avery Elle Sentimental Too Stamp Set.

Faux Handmade Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you give this technique a try. It’s a great way to add texture to your cards.


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 or from Avery Elle. 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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43 thoughts on “Faux Textured Handmade Paper”

  1. Jennifer, I really appreciate your trying to list the exact Copics you used as they are expensive! I am new to them, so I copy what I see until I feel brave enough to do my own colors. Therefore, would you please list them for me? You had them for the first sea card, but there was a caption over some, and they weren’t up long enough to write down. Then for the first floral card, you did hold the markers ends up, but I couldn’t see the what they were.
    Oh, and I loved the outdoor sounds! They fit the “outdoorsy” cards perfectly! Thank you for sharing your wonderful God given talents and tips with us!!!

    1. Hi Marlene ~ For the first card these are the markers: JELLY FISH: BG11, BG13, VO1, V06, BV02, BV04
      SEA TURTLE: G05, G07, YG25, YG17, YG93, YG97
      Second card: I tried pausing the video so believe these are the markers Jennifer used: R24, YG17, R2, YG63, R20
      I hope this helps out a bit and good luck with the markers! Remember to have fun! ~HUGS~

  2. Hi Jennifer ~ I was on excitement overload when I saw you posted another video and these cards are just plain fun!! I haven’t done the faux paper in a LONG time and I’ll be paper-crumpling as soon as I’m done here. This is gonna be fun!! Thanks so much for sharing, for the bonus card and for showing off some more fun background dies. (I love stencils and background dies!!) Enjoy the rest of your week (loved hearing the breeze!!). ~HUGS~

  3. Beautiful cards! These techniques are very nice. Thank you for sharing. I used to use handmade paper when I started making cards, back in India. I love the texture.

  4. I really liked the card using the Gina K. inks. I can’t remember if you mentioned that Gina K. had mini ink pads. Does Gina K. carry mini ink pads?

  5. Another fun technique to try, thank you! I may even have some mulberry paper that I can use up, that always makes me happy! That background die is gorgeous, so pretty. Love all the ideas that you came up with for your cards, this is a lovely new release from AE. Thank you as always for taking the time to do the video ?

  6. Beautiful cards as always! Thank you Jennifer for making these videos and sharing them with us! 🙂

  7. Beautiful cards today, and I love the faux handmade paper look. Thank you so much for today’s video, it was awesome as always!

  8. Since my local craft stores really don’t have any mulberry paper, this is the perfect way for me to have the look of mulberry and the exact colors that I want by using my cardstock! Thank you again

  9. I love the look of faux handmade paper but had forgotten all about this technique. Thanks for the reminder and the great ideas for using it!

  10. Just spent the best 15 minutes of my day watching your video and soaking up all those great techniques – and it’s still morning. Thanks, Jennifer. Cannot wait to crumble paper.

  11. Spectacular cards and technique, Jennifer! You’ve given me so many ideas how to use my supplies in new ways. By the way, I LOVE the birds chirping in the background!

  12. I had one of those DUH! moment when you demonstrated the sentiment stamped on a narrow piece of cardstock using the MISTI! I am always having to re-stamp to get a straight sentiment and you have given me a wonderful technique…thank you very much! Keep up the great work on your videos, love them all!

  13. I love that new wave die! I am playing in my craft room today, and I think I will go make some crinkly paper. Thanks for the idea.

  14. OH I forgot all about making faux texture paper! I did this long ago. I just might sit and crumple paper tonite! Thanks for the reminder of this idea!!!

  15. Fantastic technique for making this textured paper. I love all the ways you have used it. I made some a while ago and when it was still damp I brushed on some Perfect Pearls, did it with black card stock and the effect was wonderful. Thanks for all these great ways of using it, they really showcase the textured paper. Thanks for another fabulous fun video.

  16. Jennifer I get so excited when I get your notification emails. I can hardly wait to watch the new video . I really enjoyed this technique. Thank you for all your professionalism and creativity.
    Smiles Terry

  17. Jennifer I get so excited when I get your notification emails. I can hardly wait to watch the new video . I really enjoyed this technique. Thank you for all your professionalism and creativity.
    Smiles Terry

  18. Love all of your beautiful cards! That’s such a cool technique that I never knew about!! Looks like fun wadding up the paper!!! I will be trying this one!! Thank you, as always, for sharing your talents and ideas! Oh, loved your video too!

  19. Another great post, Jennifer, fabulous video and gorgeous cards! I’m eager to try making some faux textured handmade paper to use on cards. TFS!

  20. So one day, you just sat there scrapbooking and thought to yourself, “Mmm, let me crumple up some cardstock and see what happens.” Gosh, how lovely is this and you always compliment your techniques with perfect dies! The “you’re awesome” and “go with the flow” are my favorites. Thanks again for yet another wonderful technique Jennifer!!

  21. Oh my gosh!! These tips and cards are just plain awesome! Thanks for the inspirational overload! I think!! lol!!

  22. Love the cards and love the wave background die. Thanks for another great video, full of great ideas!

  23. Hi Jennifer Love the wave background & the paper..I used to make my own at one time for writing on…great to see other ideas….love your work as usual
    Kind Regards Pattie

  24. WOW! I remember doing that with paper. It’s been years. Your video was like having an old friend return. The Avery Elle Waves Die is pretty, and on my list to get. Thank You Jennifer.

  25. WHAT A WONDERFUL TECHNIQUE!! I love the looks of this and will definitely be trying it!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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