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!

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Questions and Comments

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

Fantastic tutorial! And so timely with the Eastern Eclectic SU! things! Can't wait to try it!
rhondag  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:00 AM
I love when I got your weekly e mails. Thanks keep them coming
Debbie Sheehan  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:03 AM
Wow!! Wonderful tutorial!!
Emmiestamps  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:13 AM
I look forward to Wed. so I can see the new tutorials and some of the old ones I might have missed.
Azleite  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:18 AM

This is SO very heavenly! I can't wait to try it!
A wee suggestion, if people want to stick with acid/lignin free materials, they can buy archival tissue for storing linens (and probably silks, lol) that is reasonably priced. I found an ebay store that carries it.

Thanks for all your divine inspiration,
Melissa McCarthy  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:20 AM
How did you get to be so smart Beate- everything you do is great, and this tutorial sums up your style- simple and effective

Coffeeaddictsam  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:21 AM
I absolutely love the stuff you and yours come up with - thanx for the kewl technique tips! I'm itching to do this one!
later, alligator!
- SueB
SueB  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:25 AM
What a great and beautiful technique that looks really easy/manageable. I'm gonna try it right away.
Anne McIntosh  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:42 AM
I love it...can't wait to try it! Thank you so much.
Catherine M  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:43 AM
I think I may have to try this one this week. I have to make a card for a friend of mine and this would be perfect.
lesliemommy  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:47 AM
I have a birthday card to do for a friend - I think I'll try this technique. It seems fairly easy to do and a perfect way to use up all that tissue paper left over from Christmas.
MaryAnnK  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 7:57 AM
New to the site and love this card -- Asian look. My SU demo will be glad because now that I'm inspired to do this card and technique, I'll need the stuff! smile So happy to be a member!
Judy  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 8:16 AM
Hi Beate,

great project - as usual. I made that before, but avoided the stamping. I just used the top layer of an paper napkin. That works equally well, and with so many patterns available, there is a huge choice (and not danger of bleeding *lol*)
Nessie  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 8:19 AM
Love this tutorial! Can't wait to try it!
Thanks so much.
Cathy Johnstone  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 8:25 AM
You card is so beautiful, and I love the technique! Thanks for another great tutorial, Beate!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 8:35 AM
Great card!! You can also adhere tissue paper using fusible iron-on bonding. Crumple tissue paper and smooth out. Place on shiny side of bonding,cover with another sheet of paper and iron on med.heat-no steam. Trim. Peel backing off other side and iron onto card stock-again covering card front with extra paper(peel off paper on bonding works well.
Lin  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 8:42 AM
Your tutorials are always so well done. I love this weekly newsletter. It is always something I look forward to to brighten up my week. Thanks again Beate and crew
Jeanne Zielke
Jeanne Zielke  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 8:46 AM
Wow, I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. Debbie
Debbie Wray  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 8:48 AM
Thanks for sharing this technique. Will be trying it in a future class. Great ideas you give.
Susan Updike  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 10:00 AM
So Cool!!!! I'll be doing this at my next Class & Stamp Camp!

Thanks :-}
Sonia  |  Wed Jan 9, 2008 at 10:05 AM

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