Gilded Faux Silk

Gilded Faux Silk

Hi fellow paper crafters! Today I’m going
to be sharing a technique I call Gilded Faux Silk. For this technique I’ll be
using some stamps, dye based inks, tissue paper, Versamark, embossing powder, gel
medium, and sponges. I’ve created a number of different projects for this technique
with a range of fun results – I’ll share some of these variations at the end of
the video. The version I’m sharing today is a winter themed card that uses a
Stampin’ Up stamp called Snowflake Sentiments and the coordinating
Thinlits. The first thing I’m going to do is stamp my images on a piece of
tissue paper and I’m going to distribute the images evenly throughout in three
different colors. This is just regular old tissue paper. The images in
the lightest color may or may not show up in the end depending on how you
proceed with your steps. On mine it kind of pretty much disappeared. Now I’m
coming in with the third image which is a little tiny snowflake – it’s actually a
string of three snowflakes so I’m just inking up the image on the end and
stamping it here and about. I have it on fast speed and voila I am actually
done with that part. Cut out a little bit just to speed up the process and now I’m
coming in with that last one speckled image from the Touches of
Texture stamp set. Next I’m going to be using my Golden soft gel medium and I’m
essentially using it as an adhesive and spreading it all over the surface of my
piece of white cardstock. You can use other adhesives of course but I
especially like using it as an adhesive here because it covers the whole surface
really well and takes the folds of the tissue paper later on in the process, and
it also tends to make the ink of the images sort of bleed and blend which i
think is a really cool look. You can also use gel medium for other things – it can also be a sealant, you can mix it with
acrylic paint, or just droplets of reinkers, so it’s really a lot of fun.
I’ve dyed a glimmer paper using it as well,
and have a video on YouTube showing you how to do that. Lots and lots of fun.
So here I’m just crumpling my tissue paper and then opening it back up – you can
see I’m crunching it to try to make sure I get some nice folds in the tissue
paper. and then I’m sort of gently flattening it out without smoothing it
out completely. The more you flatten it out the less folds and creases you’re
going to get. I wanted to have it sort of mostly flat so I could still see
those snowflakes. So now it’s it’s kind of wet so I’m just kind of gently
tapping down the tissue paper onto it so it’s sealing all over at every corner
and edge. One word of caution – the tissue paper is really pretty delicate at this
stage so just hold it as I am and gently tap it down with your fingers. The gel
medium will take about thirty minutes or so to dry and you do want to make sure
it’s completely dry before you move on. What I’m doing next is beveling the
corners of the tissue paper by just snipping off those corners and then I’ll
go ahead and put some adhesive on the back side and fold over the edges. You might also decide you want to just
simply trim off the excess tissue paper instead of folding it over I just like
to fold it over so it’s a really nice clean edge on all sides. I think this piece is really quite
beautiful just the way it is but we’re gonna take the next step and do what I
call the gilding portion. I’m just very gently and lightly running my
Versamark ink pad over the surface and those folds are going to pick up a little
bit of the Versamark. Then I like to really run the Versamark around the
corners and the edges to sort of frame it. I’m going to be
putting my piece into some silver embossing powder – I’ve done other
versions of this where I’ve used gold and it’s also really beautiful I
think. After I put the embossing powder on I like to sort of adjust the
look a little bit by rubbing some excess embossing powder off the surface just to
make sure enough of the images and colors in behind show well. Now I’m
just heating my piece and I just love the magic of heat embossing so while
this is on fast speed just wanted to share the fun of watching all those
folds turn silver. I think you could actually stop right here and make a card
of this background piece very easily but you can also sponge the way I am. I’m
coming in with some ink colors and the first color I used was Island Indigo and
this next one I’m using is Night of Navy. I spend a fair amount of time just
kind of going in and adjusting the color, trying to get the right balance at least
as I see the balance. You can see I’m just going to keep coming back in with
each of the colors- The lightest color is Soft Sky. I don’t use that quite as much
because it just doesn’t give you the contrast with the silver nearly as well. For my final card I cut out three
snowflakes using the Swirly Snowflakes Framelits set. Two of them are
individual and small and then the other one I actually cut from the strip of
three snow flakes you see there on that die. Here are two versions of my final card,
and as you can see they each turn out a little bit different. My original card
for this was a fall themed card where I came up with the gilded faux silk
technique. Here is the card, and it uses gold embossing powder instead of the
silver. For this card I stamped leaves using the
Vintage Leaves stamp set and then I sponged over that and then I actually
sprayed with some water to blend the colors more. This one uses the Lots of
Lavender stamp set which is a new Salebration set, and also gold embossing
powder. On this final one I actually didn’t put Versamark over the creases, I
just did it on the edge and embossed with gold embossing powder there. I did
add one step to this card which was to cover the whole surface with another
layer of the soft gel medium and then I sprinkled a little bit of the gold
glitter flakes that you see here. I hope you’ve enjoyed the technique in
this tutorial and thanks so much for watching.


  • wilma w.

    January 31, 2018

    What a great technique, have to try this too!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Debrah Warner

    January 31, 2018

    Awesome technique.  Love it.

  • Leanne Mitchem

    January 31, 2018

    Very cool! Thank you for sharing!

  • Lorraine Turner

    January 31, 2018

    Thank you I love learning new techniques, would love for you to come back and demonstrate more, :O)

  • Gloria Westerman

    January 31, 2018

    Love this technique…and I love the look of it…will be trying this for sure…thank you so much for sharing…love it..

  • Mary Pent

    January 31, 2018

    These are really beautiful, thanks for sharing this technique! 🙂 I wonder, have you tried wrinkling up a piece of tissue paper and dabbing in versa mark and then on your image? I wonder if that would give you the same cracked distress marks to emboss without having to gel? Just a thought. The leaf card is my fav–so gorgeous! 🙂

  • Joyce B

    January 31, 2018

    Very pretty. Thank you.

  • faigie2002

    January 31, 2018


  • CaraBee

    January 31, 2018

    These are gorgeous! I can't wait to try this technique.Thank you for sharing!!!!

  • Johanne Lacombe

    January 31, 2018

    I love this technique and I love the final result

  • Ver Blu

    January 31, 2018

    What a awesome technique! Your cards are beautiful! Thank you!

  • Dawn Spengler

    January 31, 2018


  • Ana Laughlin

    January 31, 2018

    This is very pretty I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing! Can you tell me if you use a specific tissue paper?

  • margaritagerman

    January 31, 2018

    Very pretty. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  • Mercè Soto Codines

    January 31, 2018

    I like much are a fantastic techniques and the result is very beautiful. THANKS!

  • It’s My Playhouse

    January 31, 2018

    So I have to ask, is this your original video? As in you made it yourself? I’m only asking because this one and another other were right next to each other in my play list, and they both are the same exact video, just different beginning titles. Here’s a link to the other video. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

  • Brooke Berger

    February 1, 2018

    Wow! Thanks!

  • Donna Ellis

    February 1, 2018

    Thank you, Melissa! I haven't seen this technique for a very long time. Your added colors at the end look fabulous!

  • Eileen Schuller

    February 1, 2018

    Beautiful. Did you use just regular tissue paper like the kind used by people to stuff around presents in a gift bag?

  • Cathy B

    February 1, 2018

    Very pretty TFS

  • Nancy Reynolds

    February 2, 2018

    I love this technique, I've not tried it yet, but will do so. Your card is beautiful. 🙂

  • Elena Elena

    February 6, 2018

    Это волшебство!!!! Я потеряла дар речи. Браво мастеру за такой урок!!!!

  • Lori Barker

    February 10, 2018

    So cool & stunning

  • KonaSitkaRose

    April 30, 2018

    I absolutely LOVE these projects. Well done and thank you for sharing with us!!!

  • CraftingMyWorld

    June 16, 2018

    Wow – so BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much!


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