Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Technique Tuesday .... Faux Patina

Today's technique is the Faux Patina technique introduced on Splitcoaststampers.  I absolutely love this technique and wonder how in the world someone came up with it!  Here goes:
 Here's what you will need:
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Always Artichoke & Early Espresso ink
  • VersaMark ink
  • Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder
  • Sponges
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Embossing buddy
  • Heat gun
 Begin by inking up the top inside of your embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot. 
 Your cardstock will look like this.
 Next, take the Marina Mist ink and with a sponge add color around the edges of the embossed pattern.  You do not need to cover every bit of it.
 Next, take the Always Artichoke and repeat the same process on other areas so you make them look darker and more aged.
 Finally, take the Early Espresso and go over more areas making sure to leave some of the blue and green hues visible.

 Take the embossing buddy, and rub over your entire piece of cardstock.  You want to make sure that the cardstock is totally dry.

Next, take your VersaMark pad and using justs the corner of the pad, touch lightly over several areas of your design but not the entire design.

 Cover with embossing powder and heat.
 Here's your final product.  Notice how there are areas with the gold and areas are not - just like an old metal patina!

Here's the card that I made for it.  I used the Everything Eleanor stamp set for the flower and the frame.  The frame was colored by inking the stamp first in Crumb Cake ink and then using the sponges, I added the three other colors and then stamped on Whisper White cardstock and cut it out.

Here's the same technique but I used Baja Breeze, Marina Mist and Basic Gray over the Crumb Cake for my patina hues and Silver embossing powder instead of gold.  I think it looks just as pretty!


  1. What a cool technique! TFS - gonna use this for card club some day :)

  2. Love this! And your directions were easy to understand