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!

Questions and Comments

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

Thanks so much to everyone for your kind words on my tutorial. I've been away from my computer with a family emergency for a couple weeks, and it's so wonderful to come back and see all the lovely comments! And, thanks to those of you who have answered questions about the dye v. craft inks and sponge holders in my absence. So glad you all are enjoying this fun technique! Hugs!
Angie Leach  |  Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM
That is the coolest thing ever! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to try it out in my next stamp class!
Dawn Cutter  |  Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 8:03 AM
Love, love, love this technique. Am going to "Camp Croppin'" on the weekend and will sure be trying it out. Great video and thanks for sharing.
Kathleen  |  Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 2:04 PM
This is fantastic. I will be trying the technique very soon. Thank you for sharing in such a complete way.
SAE  |  Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM
Great tutorial. I saw it earlier this week and am just now responding. That's one I will be trying tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.
Carole Miller  |  Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM
Great look!! thank you...just wondering if the ink damages or discolors the embossing folders in any way and what is the best way to clean them after doing this technique?
Sandra  |  Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM
Sandra, Stampin' Up! Classic Inks have not damaged my embossing folders, but I wouldn't use the black ink because it is permanent. As long as the ink is water-based and non-permanent, it should be fine. I clean it with a baby wipe, or simply run it under the faucet and it comes right off.
Angie Leach  |  Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 9:24 PM
This was such a fun technique and so pretty. I made so many different samples. I have lots of ideas.

Lois  |  Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial!
Ellen Taylor  |  Tue May 8, 2012 at 9:51 AM
Wow! That looks fantastically vintage. What a great technique (especially for a short film project!) Thanks for posting. smile
Sabina  |  Wed May 9, 2012 at 8:30 AM
Beautiful and impressive technique made simple by your excellent tutorial. Thank you!
Sally  |  Sat May 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Oh this looks great, can't wait to try it!
Conniecrafter  |  Sun May 13, 2012 at 6:43 AM
This is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I want to try this!
Diane Gil  |  Thu May 31, 2012 at 2:44 AM
I attended a Stampin Up workshop over the weekend and this was the very same technique we were shown. It is was so great to come across your instructions as it just reinforces (with pictures) the steps in the process. I had a great time and my card turned out really well, but now I have a copy of each step to remember it all for the future.
Great job, greatly appreciated, now I won't forget it either.
Rebecca  |  Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 3:26 AM
Thanks for sharing your great tutorial. I can't wait to try it out; I love this look. Your cards turned out so beautiful!
Lana Johanson  |  Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Curious, what are those little gadgets you use for grabbing the sponges? This is a beautiful card.
Radies, Louise  |  Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Louise, I used the Round Tab Punch that used to be available from Stampin' Up! to punch the coordinating color of card stock and staple to a wedge of sponge. That punch is no longer available, but you could use the Extra-Large Oval Punch the same way. See my blog post: http://www.toocoolstamping.com/toocoolstamping/2010/12/sponges-organization.html
Angie Leach  |  Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM
Thanks Angie, can't wait to try, loved the rich razzleberry colours.
Mudite Cheers  |  Sat Jun 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM
Brilliant idea. Thank you very much for sharing
Pam Shield  |  Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM
Love this technique!! Thanks for sharing.
Pam Shield  |  Mon Aug 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

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