Gilded Faux Silk

by Melissa Kerman

Highlight textured tissue paper with embossing powder for an elegant background.


  • Stamps (Stampin’ Up!® Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set and Touches of Texture used here)
  • Tissue paper
  • Cardstock (SU Night of Navy and Whisper White Cardstock used here)
  • Ink pads (SU Night of Navy, Island Indigo and Soft Sky used here)
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Sponges
  • Palette knife
  • Gel medium (Golden brand used here)
  • Water mister (optional)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (used here: Silver Glimmer Paper, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits dies, die cutting machine)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp images of your choosing on a piece of tissue paper. For more depth, use a variety of inks.

  2. Step 2

    Crumple the stamped tissue paper into a ball. Open up the tissue paper ball till it’s somewhat flat.

  3. NOTE:
    The more you stretch out the tissue paper, to make it flat again, the more subtle the wrinkles will be. If you leave the tissue paper more crumpled you’ll get bigger, deeper folds and shapes in the background.

  4. Step 3

    Apply gel medium (or other adhesive if desired) all over a piece of white cardstock.

    Gel medium may cause the ink on the tissue paper to bleed or move on the tissue paper. This makes the images blurry looking and helps to create a more blended look.

  5. Step 4

    Place the stamped tissue paper onto the prepared cardstock. Tap down the tissue paper to cover the cardstock, leaving folds and texture as desired. Set aside to dry. Drying will take about 30 minutes depending on how much gel medium was applied.

    Tap down carefully as the tissue paper will tear easily.

    Do NOT place the tissue paper face down to flatten, as the gel medium may stick to your work surface and tear or pull up the tissue paper.

  6. Step 5

    When the piece is dry either cut off the excess tissue paper, or bevel the corners of the tissue paper as shown. If the corners are beveled, put adhesive on the edges of the cardstock and fold over to adhere tissue paper to the backside.

  7. Step 6

    Lightly run a Versamark pad over the surface and on the edges of the dry tissue paper. The raised areas will pick up the Versamark ink.

    Spoon metallic embossing powder over the surface rubbed with the Versamark. Cover the whole panel with powder and tap off the excess. Use your finger to rub off excess embossing powder as desired.

    Use a heat tool to heat the embossing powder.

  8. Step 7

    Sponge over your images to blend the colors.

    (Optional) Spray with a little bit of water to blend the colors more.

  9. Step 8

    Embellish the piece as desired.

  10. Step 9

    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 Gilded Faux Silk. 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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Lovely tutorial. Thanks for sharing it.
Barbra Mills  |  Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 5:07 AM
What a fabulous tutorial. I can't wait to try it. Thank you very much.
Pauline C  |  Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 5:46 AM
Great video. Thanks. I find that a glue stick works well to adhere tissue to cardstock. Love the added metallic look.
Peggy Parenteau  |  Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 5:56 AM
Wow! This looks like an awesome technique. Can't wait to try! Thank you for sharing.
Valerie Schomburg  |  Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 6:36 AM
Wonderful results. Love this technique. Thank you for the excellent tutorial, Melissa
Prissequito  |  Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 8:05 AM
Can't wait to try this lovely technique, Melissa. Can you share with me where you found the sponge holders I see in your video? Thanks
RicMac  |  Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 9:03 AM
The sponge holders you see in this video are simply pieces of cardstock punched out and folded in half. The end of the sponge is just sandwiched between the two pieces of cardstock and stapled. I write the name of the ink color on the handle and have a sponge for pretty much every ink pad I own. It helps to keep my fingers a little less inky.
Melissa's Crafting Treehouse  |  Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 9:52 AM
Loved this tutorial. I am looking forward to using it with hearts for Valentine's Day. Thank you for a pretty and useful technique.
Elle Wong  |  Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 10:10 AM
I really love this technique and to add the guilding was a super idea. Here is my effort
Sue Allen  |  Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 12:49 PM
I am new here and this is wonderful. I love the result of your technique. I have a couple questions for you. First, a silly one, thanks for the idea on sponges, how do you store them? Second, could you use a used dryer sheet in place of the tissue paper? I used one to give a card a softer effect in the past. Someone mentioned a glue stick - yes, I used a glue stick. I have the Golden product as well and will try that next. Either way, they are a bit messy. Thank you.
Dee  |  Wed Jan 31, 2018 at 5:56 PM
Une technique formidable que je manquerai pas d'essayer!
merci beaucoup!
M.H.F. FRICOUT  |  Thu Feb 1, 2018 at 4:02 PM
Thanks for the wonderful technique. I had a lot of fun doing it.
Holstein  |  Fri Feb 2, 2018 at 4:13 PM
Thank you for sharing the guided faux silk tutorial. I was thinking of purchasing the snowflake stamp set and the leaves stamp set from Stampin up but now I have a good reason to do so. I love all of the backgrounds on your card samples and the color combos were amazingly beautiful and unique. The technique was interesting and I liked the versatility of using different embossing powder colors and embellishments also. It really made the card even more beautiful.
I am going to try this technique as soon as my stamps arrive.
Westilover  |  Sat Feb 3, 2018 at 9:57 AM
Can you Mod Podge as the glue?
Jan Johnson  |  Mon Mar 12, 2018 at 10:06 AM
Jan, sure!
dina  |  Mon Mar 12, 2018 at 12:49 PM
That is simply gorgeous. It can be used for so much more than snow too. Thanks for sharing
Lisa  |  Tue Mar 13, 2018 at 7:30 AM

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