Faux Silk

by Beate Johns

Stamp on tissue, crinkle it up and adhere it to cardstock for a soft silky look.


  • Tissue paper

  • Glue stick, Xyron, spray adhesive, Mod Podge™ or other adhesive

  • Neutral cardstock

  • Stamps

  • Ink


  1. Step 1

    Stamp images on tissue paper.

  2. Step 2

    Color images if neccessary.

    Color carefully. The ink will bleed through the tissue paper.

  3. Step 3

    Crinkle tissue paper. Smooth out and set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Apply adhesive of your choice over the entire piece of neutral cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    Spread tissue paper over adhesive. Smooth out most wrinkles.

  6. Step 6

    Trim excess tissue paper.

  7. Step 7

    Finish your card.



    Add a little sparkle
    Apply Mod Podge™, Elmer's glue, or another wet adhesive to neutral cardstock with a foam brush. Smooth tissue paper over the cardstock and sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds Glitter™ over the tissue paper while still wet.

    Make it bold
    Use a bold image stamp instead and stamp in colored ink. The ink will run a bit if you use glue stick or liquid glue. It just adds to the card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Silk. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

this is simply beautiful
Soni B  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 10:20 AM
Because the ink bleeds through the tissue you can also make wonderful mirrored images. Something I discovered by accident a few years ago while cleaning a stamp on a tissue. You can really make fun cards that way! :o)
Jetty  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 10:33 AM
What a cool tutorial! Thanks sooo much for the instructions!
Silvia  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM
WOW! It's quite lovely and I'm certain the picture doesn't do it justice! Can't wait to try it. TFS!
Valerie  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 11:26 AM
I always admire the tutorials, but this sample is just stunning. I had to come here and tell you thanks for all of your inspiration and hard work!
Chris  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 11:47 AM
I'm new to the weekly newsletter and am in love with it. I can't wait to try this technique! Thanks!
Jennifer  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 12:04 PM
Thanks for the beautiful idea!! I tried it as soon as I finished reading and it turned out really fantastic. I used bright green tissue paper and stamped the SU Leafy Glade background stamp on it in Black. I glued it on Green Gable cardstock, then used Tempting Turquoise and Black as accent cardstock and I am just so happy with it! Thanks again! smile
Amanda  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 12:24 PM
I just love this and cant wait to try it! Thank you!
Linda  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 12:25 PM
As so many have said I can't wait until my new newsletter arrives each week. This tissue trick is soo cool. I have a special person...my new husband...I try these new ideas on. Soo cool!
Deebi  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 4:17 PM
Love your weekly e-mails with all the great tutorials...like going to a class every week! Keep them coming.
Karen Lawrence  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 4:48 PM
rONNITA  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 5:31 PM
Thanks Beate...this project was so much fun to do! I made my first and I'm very happy with it! Thanks!
Gabby AKA FaieeMom  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 5:56 PM
This is my first time checking out the tutorial and I am not disappointed. The Faux Silk is a technique I could see using...soon!
Mary Roots  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 6:03 PM
Great tutuorial........I am off to go try it!
Rosiebudstamp  |  Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 3:41 AM
This is an awesome technique! I have seen this done using Elmer's glue and one ply of a Kleenex tissue! It's great when you can do projects with everyday supplies you have at home!
Neeter97  |  Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 9:29 AM
Great, can't wait to try it.
Love it.
Mary Lou Davidson  |  Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 6:53 AM
I get so excited when I open my e-mail and splitcoaststampers shows up. I love the ideas and techniques. I am super excited when I do it.

Sandra  |  Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 1:14 PM
Love the sample and easy to understand tutorial! Think I might also try it with some mulberry left over from the starburst projects!
Bonnie  |  Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 6:44 PM
Those of us who are great copiers but not great inventors thank you so much! We can DO this, we just can't think of it! Thanks so much for being the brawn AND the brains on these tutorials!
Sue  |  Sat Jan 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM
Thank you so much for another great idea. Please keep them coming, I depend on the tutorials. Can't wait to try this one!
Barbara Gault  |  Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 5:17 AM

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