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Faux Patina Technique by April Williams

This technique creates amazing backgrounds with both dry and heat embossing.


  1. Embossing Folder
  2. 2-3 Light Ink Colors and 1 Dark Ink Color ( Sample used Pink, Lt. Green, Lt. Brown, and Dk. Brown)
  3. Sponges or Sponge Applicator
  4. VersaMark Ink Pad
  5. Embossing Powder (Sample used Antiquities EP266 )
  6. Cream Cardstock
  7. Heat Gun

Ink the front inside of your embossing folder with pink ink and run cream cardstock through the folder.

Next take your sponge and sponge areas with the green ink, leaving some pink areas showing.

Now sponge on some light brown ink, just covering a few areas.

Lastly add the dark brown in the same manner as the other inks.

Swipe the Versa Mark ink lightly over the raised embossed areas, only covering some areas of the card.  Then sprinkle on Antiqities embossing powder.  Use a paint brush to brush off some of the embossing powder in areas that looked heavy with embossing powder.  Now heat set the embossing powder.  The look of the Antiquities embossing powder is perfect for this technique!

Here is another background using silver embossing powder.

You will really enjoy doing this technique.  It makes such a beautiful background!  Instead of using the whole piece as a background, the sample used a die cut to cut out a shape for the  background.  Have fun! 


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:

  1. Swirl Butterfly Lg.
  2. Flowers from Whimsical Set 221
  3. VersaMark Ink Pad
  4. Antiquities Embossing Powder


For more Faux Patina tutorials, please visit Split Coast Stampers here.

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