Faux Hardware Embellishments

by France Martin

Use common supplies to create some fun metallic hardware embellishments.


  • Embossing powder (silver and black )
  • Stampin' Up!® Dimensionals (double-sided foam adhesive hexagons)
  • Heat tool
  • Paper piercer
  • Hole punch (1/4” and 1/8”)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU supplies uses here: Geared Up Garage stamp set, Real Red, Basic Black, Smoky Slate cardstock, Silver Foil and Wood Texture designer paper, glue dots, Scattered Sequins embossing folder, VersaMark ink, Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend)


  1. Step 1

    Using a 1/4" hole punch, punch out a hole in the center of a large Dimensional. If using small Dimensionals, use an 1/8” hole punch.

    Dimensionals have a hexagonal shape. Small dies or scissors can be used to cut regular adhesive foam into hardware shapes.

  2. Step 2

    Place the Dimensional on the paper piercer and dip it in silver embossing powder.

  3. Step 3

    Heat emboss. Dip the shape into the embossing powder again while it is hot and heat emboss again.

  4. Step 4

    If choosing to do a screw, do not punch a hole in the center of the Dimensional. Dip the Dimensional into the silver embossing powder. Emboss and repeat.

    After the second time heat embossing and while the melted powder is still hot, place a screwdriver on the top of the embossed Dimensional and press to imprint.

  5. Step 5

    Prepare a card base with a toolbox or hardware theme.

  6. Step 6

    Use the screw and bolt embellishments to decorate the card and complete the project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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This is such a clever idea! Thank you so much!
Kksmum  |  Wed May 1, 2019 at 3:37 AM
This is such a great idea. Thank you, France, for a super video!
Leslie Brown  |  Wed May 1, 2019 at 4:49 AM
Sooooo clever! What a great idea!
CSG  |  Wed May 1, 2019 at 5:59 AM
What a cool idea! I've got to try it. Thanks!
Nancy Veatch  |  Wed May 1, 2019 at 7:03 AM
So incredibly clever!!! Love this idea -- I'm off to try it NOW!
Chris Riley  |  Wed May 1, 2019 at 7:37 AM
What a fun way to get more realism to a card for Dad. Along with the tools these will be fantastic!
Verna Angerhofer  |  Wed May 1, 2019 at 9:16 AM
Wish I had this about 3 weeks when I did my grandson's b-day card using the Geared Up set.
Kathleen Gerace  |  Wed May 1, 2019 at 11:37 AM
Awesome idea, I need to give this a try.
craftydscreations  |  Wed May 1, 2019 at 1:43 PM
Brilliant!!! Thank you.
Reformedstamper  |  Wed May 1, 2019 at 9:41 PM
I think some layered die cuts would look good covered in EP too! Just use a hexagon die! A screwdriver would make the perfect impression in the EP. loving this idea!
Rebecca Ednie  |  Tue May 7, 2019 at 12:20 PM
I didn't have Dimensionals so I used some small hexagon and circle dies on my project, cut out of rubber stamp mounting foam. They worked great! I used the back of a knife for the line in my screw.
dina  |  Tue May 7, 2019 at 12:26 PM
what is dimensionals??
Ms Match  |  Wed May 15, 2019 at 2:03 PM
o, I read my answer! it is double sided foam. Just never heard it called dimensionals before.
Ms Match  |  Wed May 15, 2019 at 2:05 PM
Dimensional are hexagonal dimensional foam. That’s why they make good nuts.
Rebecca Ednie  |  Wed May 15, 2019 at 4:53 PM
i have never seen hexagon shaped foam. didn't know there was such a thing. I will look for it so I can make nuts
Ms Match  |  Wed May 15, 2019 at 5:01 PM

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