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Technique: Faux textured metal backgrounds

Faux textured metal


Testing out a new technique for creating backgrounds with Distress ink, Perfect Pearls and an embossing folder.
(Note to self: remember to actually post things and not just leave them in my drafts folder.)

Inspired by:

Jennifer McGuire’s faux textured metal paper tutorial.


This is a surprisingly straightforward technique.

  1. Mask off around the area you want to colour.
  2. Apply lots of Distress ink in one or more colours; get a good coating so the Perfect Pearls has plenty of moisture to grab on to.
  3. Sprinkle on some Perfect Pearls and distribute it evenly over the ink. I use my finger to do this as it makes sure that the powder is well rubbed in.
  4. Buff with a soft cloth to get rid of any excess powder.
  5. Clean the inky powdery layer off your finger before going on to the next step. Ask me how I know this is a good idea…
  6. Carefully remove the masking tape or paper.
  7. Use an embossing folder to add texture.

Here are the recipes I used for my first background panels. These will definitely end up on some cards. (Clockwise from top on the photo.)

Background 1

Distress ink – fossilized amber, abandoned coral
Perfect Pearls – gold
Embossing folder – Tim Holtz gears

Background 2

Distress ink – shaded lilac, peacock feathers
Perfect Pearls – pearl
Embossing folder – XCut stars

Background 3

Distress ink – barn door, spiced marmalade
Perfect Pearls – bronze
Embossing folder – Sheena Douglass taste of India

Background 4

Distress ink – mermaid lagoon, cracked pistachio
Perfect Pearls – pearl
Embossing folder – Creative Expressions braided vines


  • dies:
    Spellbinder – wonky rectangles
  • Distress inks:
    fossilized amber, abandoned coral, mermaid lagoon, cracked pistachio, barn door, spiced marmalade, shaded lilac, peacock feathers
  • Perfect Pearls:
    gold, pearl, bronze
  • texture:
    Tim Holtz – gears
    Creative Expressions – braided vines
    Sheena Douglass – taste of India
    XCut – stars
  • paper and card:
    Neenah – solar white
  • miscellaneous:
    Inkadinkado – stamping mask paper
    masking tape

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