Faux Metal Tutorial

This was so much fun!!! My page titled The Journey (above this tut) features this faux metal. Here are the supplies you'll need...

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Crepe Paper Carnations

How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways!! Isn't this flower adorable!? I ran across this tutorial on the web months ago and it has been rolling around my head ever since. It is so versatile making it perfect for every one one of your gorgeous creations. Let's go!

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Calla Lily

I fell in love with this flower when I saw a video for it on the Heartfelt Creations website. So, if you don't want to read my tutorial you can click here to watch it over at HC. I did distress this up a little bit, which is not on the video. All right! Let's get started......

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Faux Leather Tutorial

Making faux leather is easier than you think. I know, I say that about a lot of my tutorials. Have I been wrong? LOL...

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Snowy Poinsettia

These flowers are just too cute! They are beyond easy to make too...BONUS!

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Emerging Color Stamping Technique

Ok, I'll admit it...I really love stamping and the more I stamp the more I want to stamp. It's a wonderfully vicious circle. Emerging Color is one of those techniques that have some very basic and constant elements to it, but the creative license is all yours in how you present it. I'm sure if you Google or YouTube you will find a ton of tutorials and a lot of them will be very similar. Emerging Color boils down to this one word: resist. This is at its very core a resist technique. The whole trick to doing this is to remember that you will work in layers.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011


This is an arch I did for Scrapbook News and Review's Week of Valentines Newsletter. I know it's a day late, but I still wanted to post for you!  I hope you enjoy the tutorial and that is sparks some creative thoughts for you!!

  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock: Red and White
  • Stamps: Heartfelt Creations, Stampers Anonymous
  • Ink: Distress, Archival, Memento, Colorbox
  • Paint: Lumiere by Jaquard
  • Mist: Tattered Angels
  • Fantastix
  • Chipboard Frame: Kaiserkraft
  • Rub On
  • Lace and pearls
  • Ephemera
  • Melting Pot
  • UTEE
  • Spellbinders Dies

Step 1

Cut your card stock and cardboard in the shape of an arch. After you have cut the red card stock fold it in half vertically and then cut it. Next, take the white card stock and crumple it up in your hands. I then took my background script stamp and using my black archival ink, I stamped it onto the white card stock somewhat off the paper.

Using my ink blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I lightly went over the top of the paper just so that the ink hit the high point of the creases. I went back in with my blending tool and blotted more color in a few places and made sure to ink up my edges. Then I used my Mini Mister to spray water onto my card stock. I crinkled up the paper again and then hit it with my heat gun to dry it.

Take one half of the red card stock and using white Color Box ink and my Stampers Anonymous Flourish stamp, I stamped off the page around the outside edge.

Step 4

(sorry for the blurry pic) Glue your white card stock to the cardboard arch. The cardboard provides stability to your project. Then glue the red card stock you just stamped over the top of your white card stock. You may want to add your rub on at this point as well.

**Steps five and six are a project all by themselves, so I will try to combine them the best I can.

 Step 5
Using black archival ink, I stamped my leaf onto a sheet of white card stock. Cut the leaves out from the card stock. I then used my Spellbinders Flowers Dies and cut out two flowers from white card stock.

 Step 6
Using Fantastix and two shades of Green Memento ink I added veins to my leaves and colored in the very ends where it looks like the leaf is curled. I then used Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and inked up the edges of my flowers. I used my stylus I curled the petals on the flowers.

Melt UTEE in the melting pot. When everything is melted begin to dip each flower into the UTEE making sure to cover the entire piece. Let it drip off and place it on something non-stick like your craft mat. You have to work quickly with this next step and be careful not to burn yourself. As the UTEE begins to harden you have a small period of time that you can still manipulate your petals to give them shape. After you have dipped your flowers, you will now dip your leaves and repeat the process.

When the flowers dry and harden you may need to go back and trim off any little dried blobs of UTEE. Start assembling your flowers. You will need to use pop dots to glue them together. Add a pearl for your flower center.

Step 7
Using my finger, I applied White Pearl Lumiere paint to my chipboard frame. When that dried, I lightly misted it with Graphite Mist by Tattered Angels. The mist will make little pools on the white paint. You want this to happen. You want a mottled look. This will give it the appearance of tarnished silver. When this dried I added my photo and adorned it with pearls and a mini cameo.

All that is left is to assemble your arch! Glue your pearls around the outside edge, add your frame, glue down your flowers and your lace.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!  Thanks a ton for stopping by!



Geri said...

Great tutorial and OMGosh what a beautiful work of art!!!

Shona said...

gorgeous, love the metal looking frame :)

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!