Faux Tarnished Silver

by Shelly Hickox

Create a faux tarnished look with embossing powder.


  • Silver Embossing Powder

  • Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)

  • Embossing Ink

  • Chipboard Die Cut Shape

  • Heat Gun


  1. Step 1

    Ink chipboard shape with embossing ink and cover with silver embossing powder.

  2. Step 2

    Heat embossing powder until it melts. Let cool.

  3. Step 3

    Cover frame again with embossing ink, applying it lightly and randomly. Coat with UTEE, being sure to leave some areas uncovered.

  4. Step 4

    Heat UTEE until it melts. The larger chunks of UTEE will disperse the silver embossing, creating a mottled effect that looks like tarnished silver. If not enough silver is showing, you can repeat steps 1-3 until desired effect is achieved.

  5. Close up look of the Faux Tarnished Silver frame.

  6. Step 5

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

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

Looks like a very interesting technique. Think I'll need to give it a try!
Lynn Lehrman  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 5:58 AM
I love, LOVE this technique! Super cool! And I love your card! TFS!!!
Vicky  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 7:16 AM
Love this tutorial and the card! TFS!!!
Vicky Skillman  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 7:17 AM
Amazing technique! I can hardly wait to try it!
Briar  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 7:56 AM
Wonderful tutorial! I tried with detailed frames and it is gorgeous...This technique is going to become one of my favourites with vintage christmas images. Thanks so much, Shelly, for sharing so generously. MERCI and bonjour from France. Agnes
Agnes Petit  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 7:58 AM
So glad to hear that, Agnes! I think it actually looks the best with a detailed frame/die cut - I'll bet your frames look fantastic! And you're right, it is a great look for Christmas projects.
Shelly Hickox  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM
Shelly, Could you get a similar effect if you randomly applied a 2nd and 3rd layer of Versa Mark with a rough surfaced sponge and then regular embossing powder heated? I need to demo with SU products and I'd like to see if I could produce a similar look with our products. Value your thoughts! Thanks, I'll try. Carol
Carol Sanderson  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM
Carol, it's certainly worth a try! It might take a little more embossing powder if you used regular. The reaction between the two different-sized particles seems to be what makes the dramatic effect. I will play around with it this afternoon and see what happens! If you do, please share your results - I'm always a huge fan of experimenting! smile
Shelly Hickox  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Hi Shelly, thank-you for super tutorial. Will definitely try this out. Nicola x
Paper Profusion  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Hi, Love your new card, need to know how you make the fram. How did you cut it to get it.
I hope you understand what I am saying.
Mary Nell Johnson  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM
Thanks so much, everyone! I really appreciate all your wonderful feedback. smile

Carol, I tried the technique with regular embossing powder and it worked great! I just uploaded a couple photos.

MaryNell, the frame was made by nestling the Sizzix Mini Baroque frame into the Sizzix Baroque die and then cutting the chipboard. You can experiment with lots of other dies as well.
Shelly Hickox  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 2:13 PM
Ohh Shelly, this is great! And love the video! Hugs, Sandra
Sandra Mouwen  |  Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM
Love the way you do this. I find several coats of regular clear embossing powder works too, especially as the more you apply heat the more mottled it becomes. You can also chuck in mica powders in a few spots too. Thanks for sharing, hugs Buttons x
Buttons  |  Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Thank you for the tutorial...
MaryAnn  |  Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

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