Stamping on Metal

by Starla Nelson

Learn how to stamp on metal.


  • Thin mat, or piece of suede
  • Acrylic mat
  • Metal Sheet (Ten Second Studio used here)
  • Refiner (metal or plastic) or stylus
  • Paper stumps
  • Stamps
  • Stazon™ Ink (Metallic Gold used here)
  • Lightweight spackling or embossing metal backing paste
  • Strong double sided adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Stamp image onto the front of the metal using Stazon™ Ink. Let dry.

    Heat set with heat gun to speed up drying. WARNING: METAL WILL GET GET VERY HOT!

  2. Step 2

    Place metal, image side up, on acrylic mat. Using the refiner or stylus, trace around the stamped image

  3. Step 3

    Turn the metal over to the back side and place on the thin mat or piece of suede. Use the paper stump to "puff" out the metal between the outlines of your image.

  4. Step 4

    Still working on the backside of the metal on the thin mat, use the refiner or stylus to detail the outline of the image even more.

  5. Step 5

    Remove the the thin mat and replace with the acrylic mat. Working on the front side of the metal, use the paper stump to flatten the metal around the embossed image. You can use the refiner or stylus along the edges of the image to refine the detail even more.

  6. Step 6

    To prevent the puffed image from being flattened, fill the backside of the image with the spackling paste or embossing metal backing paste. If using the spackling, make sure you remove the excess spackling by sanding off the extra spackle around the outside of the image after the paste has dried.

  7. Step 7

    Apply the strong double sided adhesive to the back side of the metal.

  8. Adhere to your project.


Your Turn

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

Absolutely amazing. I've known how to do this but never tried until I saw how easy you made this. I immediately went out and did three projects. Hopefully the pictures will follow. Thank you.
Pam Schmidt  |  Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 8:38 AM
Could you please tell me if the foil paper could be used in place of metal. Also I noticed that the flower was gold and barn red. I have never done this before, so I was wondering if the the metal change colour when you where pressing it out. On the video I never seen you colour the gold. Thank You
Pat  |  Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 6:29 AM
I have never used the foil, but I think it should work the same way as the metal. My guess is, it is just slightly thinner, so I would be careful not to overwork when puffing, so as not to tear the foil.

The gold on the metal is the Stazon ink that I used to stamp the image. The metal I use is actually coated aluminum. I could lightly sand the raise portions of the image, exposing the aluminum, but for this technique, I wanted to keep the red.
I hope that helps!
Starla  |  Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 7:14 AM
This made such a beautiful card. I checked on line at ten seconds studio but did not see any of the metel sheets that were plain, they all had designs aleady on them , where else could I find the metal sheets?

Trisha  |  Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 9:42 AM
When you go to the Ten Second Studio site, click "shop online". That actually takes you to the store. They show the metal embossed so that you can see how it looks once embossed and sanded. The sheets are plain, I promise! also sells the metal sheets. I think I put both links in a previous post ( it was from my phone, so the links may not be direct, sorry)

If you are still having problems, PM me (star) and I will be happy to help!
Starla  |  Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 9:54 AM
I have used the tin that is used to seal 2kg tubs of powdered milk -- recycle, recycle, recycle. Also, there are no crafting shops here, so you learn to make do. This technique is also great with embossing folders and watercolors!
Ari  |  Fri Sep 2, 2011 at 4:27 AM
I have had a few sheets of metal here for many years, with no idea how to use them! LOL Starla, thank you for your in-depth tutorial, and for clarifying the questions has helped immensly!

He IS Able!
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Mon Sep 12, 2011 at 2:17 PM

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