Look of Metal Card

This card is simply sophisticated with the look of metal. Several metal surfaces are mimicked through simple paper treatments.

Faux Metal Card


cardstock (gray, olive, black)
Perfect Pearls (aged patina kit, copper)
Distress Ink (tea dye)
glue stick
mixing palette
sand paper
embossing template
(Mediterranean tile)
rubber mallet*
hole punch


Step 1. Make a square card with gray cardstock and layer with olive. Ink card edges with Distress Ink.

Step 2. Layer 3-4 squares of black cardstock with glue stick.

Step 3. Make a creamy paint in palette using Perfect Pearls (copper) and water. Paint square.

Step 4. While paint is still damp stipple on other Perfect Pearl colors to create a patina look.

Step 5. Pound paper with the end of your brush or with a texturing hammer* to create faux hammered copper. If desired, you can add more Perfect Pearls after this step. Let dry.

Step 6. Make a creamy paint in palette using Perfect Pearls (pewter) and water. Paint single square of black cardstock.

Step 7. While paper is still damp, emboss it using the Mediterranean tile embossing template and your favorite embossing technique to create faux embossed tin. Let dry.

Step 8. Make a photo corner using a punch or by cutting your own. Paint with pewter paint to create faux painted tin and let dry

Step 9. Sand all the faux metal pieces you just made to add an aged look.

Step 10. Fasten faux embossed tin with brads onto the faux hammered copper. Adhere faux tin photo corner. Adhere entire piece to card.

Step 11. Tie the side of card with coordinating fibers.

*We made our own texturing hammer by taking a rubber mallet and adding linoleum nails to one end.

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