Faux Cloisonne

by Beate Johns

Create the Cloisonne look with magazine pages and gold embossing powder.


  • Glossy Magazine Page

  • Embossing Buddy

  • Gold Embossing Powder

  • Heat Tool

  • Outline Stamp

  • VersaMark™(Flourishes Stamps Poinsettia and Boxwood used here)

  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Rub your Embossing Buddy over the part of the magazine page you want to use.

  2. Step 2

    Ink your stamp with VersaMark™ ink and stamp on magazine page.

  3. Step 3

    Pour gold embossing powder over your image.

  4. Tap off excess powder.

  5. Step 4

    Heat your embossing powder with your heat tool until the powder is melted.

  6. Step 5

    Closely trim image.

  7. Step 6

    Use your cut out on your a card, tag or other project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

You can also use the same technique with cardstock and decorate packages. I do this with my Christmas gifts and add velvet leaves. Very uninque look.
Jan Kelley  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 10:38 AM
NICE! You so think out of the box! -- Kathy
Kathy  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 10:57 AM
Jan, how do you make the velvet leaves? That sounds gorgeous!
smartcookie44  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 11:25 AM
This is a neat technique and an easy one. I will try it soon. Thanks for sharing.
PackerNona  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 12:28 PM
The velvet leaves can be purchased. It is much easier than making them, however, I always thought when I got time I would try flocking the leaves.
Jan Kelley  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 3:13 PM
I love this and can't wait to try it!
Bev Victory  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 3:21 PM
Can you use something else, if you don't have an embossing buddy. I haven't been able to find one at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
Dune Lady  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 3:57 PM
wow cool idea i must try it soon sorry there wil lbe more card's i have done up in the new year just been busy smile)
Roberta  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 3:57 PM
You can wipe the paper with a dryer sheet if you don't have Embossing Buddy. It takes the static out of the paper.
Linda A  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 4:43 PM
What about wrapping paper, seems like that may work? Some might have an abundance of Christmas wrapping paper soon!
Karen  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 6:24 PM
How about if you can't get dryer sheets either? Is there something else? How about one of those microfiber dusting cloths? Do you think that would work?
Karen Hanim  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 8:14 PM
Embossing buddys are available from Stampin' Up!

Or you can use a thin baby sock filled with corn starch. Fill sock, sew openend closed or tie closed or close with rubber band.
karixma  |  Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 2:51 AM
What a neat idea, there are so many beautiful papers in magazines and ads.
Lila  |  Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 9:56 AM
Another answer for Karen is that you do not have to use an embossing buddy. It helps with some papers and fine embossing powders but I have never used one and don't have a problem with it.
Margaret  |  Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 11:37 AM
That is so neat and simple to remember and many times I have some cool magazine color front pages that you wish you could recycel into something!
Teri Tapay  |  Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 7:45 PM
Wow, Beate !!!! This is soooooooo amazing !!! Love it !!!
Corinne (aka Roxy)  |  Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 6:20 AM
Beate, I say it again...........you are amazing. I can't wait to try this one.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Anita Clement  |  Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 9:12 AM
Thanks for all the help regarding the Embossing Buddy. I will give it a try. Happy Holidays to you all
Dune Lady  |  Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 9:16 AM
Neat trick - will have to try it. Maybe I can get a jump on next year's cards. Thanks - yet again for a great idea.
Candy  |  Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 5:12 PM
Thanks, Beate! I have been searching for this tutorial. I have so many great magazine pages that could work for this.
Sarah Leach  |  Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 5:00 PM

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