Monday, March 26, 2012

Try a Little Faux Patina!

Today at the Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge, I have a technique for you to try called Faux Patina. It really is simple to do, and not all that time consuming, so I hope you will give it a shot! The results are lovely. Click on any photo for a close-up!

First, you will need to get out your brayer, choose an embossing folder, and four ink colors, from lightest to darkest. Think of combinations that you have seen in metal objects. My four (in order) were  (Stampin' Up!):
1. Sahara Sand
2. Taken With Teal
3. Always Artichoke
4. Soft Suede

Using the Inspired by Belleek Pottery technique, ink the front of your embossing folder with your lightest ink (Sahara Sand):

Next, I sponged on Taken With Teal, to bring out the embossed images better. I think I could have gone a lot darker with this.

Sponge on your next two colors, using varying degrees of depth of color (some parts will be lighter/darker than others as you choose):

Finally, use a clear embossing pad (I used VersaMark) to lightly rub over the raised embossed images. Sprinkle on embossing powder (I used Ranger's Queen's Gold Embossing Powder) and heat!

If you get too much powder covering your design, just wipe some off with a cloth or brush. You don't want the entire piece embossed, only sections here and there.

The end result is a lovely vintage looking background! There are various color combinations that you can try. Check out all of the Technique Challenge gallery submissions to see a variety of styles and colors!

Stamps: Music Collage Quarter Sheet by I Brake For Stamps
Paper: PTI Kraft, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Taken With Teal, Always Artichoke, VersaMark
Accessories: Queen's Gold EP (Ranger), paper roses (Wild Orchid), embossing folder (Cuttlebug), leaf die (Sizzix), crochet lace (Really Reasonable Ribbon), distressing tool 

Other challenges for this card: 
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Shabby Chic/Vintage
Cupcake Craft - The Sound of Music 
Lollipop Crafts - Anything goes 
Squigglefly - Anything Goes


  1. Really such a beautiful technique! I love how your card turned out, and thanks for the tutorial too! Thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge!

  2. This was just the greatest technique Judy! What a wonderful look it creates! I had such fun trying it!

  3. Stunning technique...I have to try this one...doesn't look too messy.

  4. very neat-great tutorial! Thanks for joining in our Squigglefly challenge!

  5. Beautiful Creation! GREAT JOB!
    Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts. Good Luck!
    -Sony DT

  6. A lovely card and great music inspiration. Thanks for joining us this week at CCC.

    Liza x

  7. Hi Judy, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and your colour scheme is beautiful. Great choice of song title! Thanks for joining us at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

  8. This is gorgeous, thanks so much for the tut..I will give this a go when I get home from work later x

  9. A Beautiful card and a wonderful tutorial! Thanks for sharing!!


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