Faux Patina

by Angie Leach

Create a faux patina look with an embossing folder and ink.


  • White cardstock
  • Big Shot, or other die cutting machine
  • Embossing folder
  • One light, neutral color ink (Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake used here)
  • Two medium colors of ink (Stampin' Up! Marina Mist & Always Artichoke used here)
  • One dark color of ink (Stampin' Up! Early Espresso used here)
  • Sponges
  • VersaMark™ Ink, or other embossing ink
  • Embossing Buddy™
  • Heat tool
  • Gold or silver embossing powder


  1. Step 1

    Lightly ink one side of the embossing folder with a light, neutral color ink.
    (Stampin' Up! Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and Crumb Cake ink used here)

  2. Place white card stock inside the inked folder and run it through the Big Shot.

  3. Step 2

    Sponge a medium shade of ink over the piece to bring out the embossed details.
    (Stampin' Up! Marina Mist used here)

  4. Step 3

    Sponge on a darker ink to accentuate the embossing even more. Leave some of the in-between areas a little lighter to vary the depth of the colors.
    (Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke used here.)

  5. Step 4

    Sponge on the darkest color ink to bring out the rich, deep tones and textures.
    (Stampin' Up! Early Espresso used here,)

  6. Step 5

    Soak up any remaining ink moisture by rubbing an Embossing Buddy over the card stock, or let dry naturally

  7. Step 6

    Lightly and randomly rub the VersaMark™ Ink Pad over the top of the embossed design.

  8. Step 7

    Sprinkle on gold embossing powder, then heat set with the heat tool.

  9. Step 8

    Finish Your Card.



  1. Add some shimmer
    For a shimmery variation, try sponging on Shimmer Paint over the whole piece instead of gold embossing.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Patina. 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.

Angie, this is a very nicely done tutorial. Easy to follow and duplicate. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing more of your tutorials.
Joni Kelly  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 8:02 AM
This is amazing - I love the look. I will definitely try this out!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.
Connie  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 8:11 AM
Gorgeous technique! Thanks so much for the tutorial -- very easy to follow and understand!
Tami Black  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 8:14 AM
this technique will look so cool on my scrapping pages. love it
Jill Wilhoit  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM
Awsome technique... I love how it works with different colors.
Vivi M  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM
This looks lovely and I can't wait to try it! I think this will be a technique I love. The results are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.
Sylvia Johnson  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 9:34 AM
You would never know that this was your first video, Angie.....it was excellent. The technique looks fabulous....can't wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing.

Reddyisco  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 9:43 AM
**** waouh super merci
MD  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Angie really loved this technique. I'm going to give it a whirl and demonstrate is at my next get together
Marlane Calkins  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea, Angie! Not only is it pretty, but looks like FUN at the same time! Look forward to more of your tutorials!
Mary Hinton  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM
This technique is right up my ally. I absolutely love it and can't wait to get in my art room and create some masculine cards with it. It sure would go good with cars and the like. Thanks for sharing.
Dottie Davis  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 1:29 PM
This is totally fabulous, thank you, going to try this straight away!!
Astrid Maclean  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM
Your tutorial was really good and clear. love this technique and can't wait to try it.
Fran Keller
Frances  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM
I am curious about your sponge holders. Where did you get them? I would love not to get all inky when I sponge.
Mary Smith  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM
I have really enjoyed the tutorial,one of the best I've seen in a long time.Thank you for sharing .....lois
lois k mahr  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 3:07 PM
Wow! alright just love it, love the colours, love everything about it.... Fantatsic.
Dawn Edwards  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM
This is spectacular!
Cathy Parlitsis  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM
THANK YOU for sharing....I'm going to my studio to try it now:) What fun!!
kathy sheely  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM
What a great technique. I will have to try it out.
Juanita zavala  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM
Wowww, Thanks for sharing this work!! Awesom
Aleja  |  Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM

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