Thursday, June 5, 2014

Faux Metal Tutorial with Jen

Faux Metal Tutorial | Grill Card with Winston's BBQ | Newton's Nook Designs

Fun with Faux Metal!

Today I'm sharing a quick little tutorial on how to make "faux metal" for your cards - Since the current Inky Paws Challenge is to add in Metal, Wood or Cork, I thought it would be a fun time to show this.

Here's what you need:

  • Metal Repair Tape from a Hardware Store
  • Cardstock (I used white but any color would be fine)
  • Big Shot or other Embossing machine
  • Embossing folders
  • Scissors

Faux Metal Tutorial | Newton's Nook Designs

Step One: Use tape to cover a piece of cardstock.  In this case the tape wasn't thick enough to cover it with one strip so I just applied it in stripes, butting the edges up as close together as I could. You want to cover your whole piece of paper with the tape. This tape tears easily so you can just tear it off a bit longer than your paper and then fold it over the back side.

Faux Metal Tutorial | Newton's Nook Designs

Step Two: Place inside an embossing folder. Pick an embossing folder that has a design that might look good as "metal". Jeff thought this one looked like the running boards on a truck. You could choose any pattern you like but I think the geometric ones look best. 

Faux Metal Tutorial | Newton's Nook Designs

Step Three: Emboss. Run your folder with the metal tape through your Big Shot or other embossing machine the same way you would paper. You get this AWESOME result:

Faux Metal Tutorial | Newton's Nook Designs

Step Four: Admire your texture and add it to your project. That's It! Easy, right? I love how this looks. Depending on the pattern you may or may not see the little seam where the pieces of tape lined up but I figure you can always put a ribbon or something across that spot when you add it to your project.

Here's a few more textures I did with different embossing folders - whenever I try a new technique I always make a few to have on hand for when I want to use them for a card!

Faux Metal Tutorial | Newton's Nook Designs

And here's the card I made using the faux metal  - it coordinates so well with our awesome Winston's BBQ set! If you haven't purchased this set yet, you should definitely go over to our online shop and check it out - it's such a must-have for summer!!

I colored Winston (our bear) with Copics and also created a little background of beer and burgers across the bottom using brown ink on kraft cardstock.  I just LOVE this little Winston set!! 

Faux Metal Tutorial | Grill Card | Newton's Nook Designs

I also added in a little wooden arrow embellishment (Just couldn't resist) - so this would be a perfect entry in our Inky Paws Challenge!!  I love the combo of the shiny metal and the kraft cardstock. So fun! Isn't this just the perfect Masculine card? 

Faux Metal Tutorial | Grill Card with Winston's BBQ | Newton's Nook Designs

Now it's your turn! 

Inky Paws Challenge #10 - Wood, Cork, Metal | Newton's Nook Designs

You have until Friday to get your paws inky!

There's still a couple of days left to make your own card featuring wood, cork or metal and enter it into our Inky Paws Challenge Just make a project with NND stamps (or download a freebie here) and add in some wood, cork, metal -- or all three if you'd like! Our challenge is open until Midnight this Friday - June 6th & we will be giving away $10 store credit to our top two favs!! Details on the challenge are on our Inky Paws Challenge page!  


  1. That is SOOO cool, Jennifer! I love that card!

  2. OK, this is a super cool technique, and I LOVE your card, the metal piece is perfect for the BBQ theme! The tutorial gave me an idea too, I have some thin metal like paper and I'm going to try and emboss that and see how it looks. Thanks!

  3. So cool Jennifer, I am going to try this!

  4. Awesome technique! Love the card!

  5. Jen, how brilliant and cool is this technique!! FABulous and amazing, and so is your card!!

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  7. this is SO cool!!! LOOOOOOOOOOVE how it really looks like metal!! so awesome!! and embossing it - genius!!


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