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Faux Metal Paper Tutorial

This is a super fun walk through of how to make metal looking paper for your art journals and mini albums. This is an easy way to make background papers and patterned papers for die cuts and papercrafts.

Faux Metal Paper Tutorial

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How Do You Make Paper Look Like Metal?

Metallic paper is super fun to use in your artwork! I love to have a way to have metal embellishments and ephemera without having to use tin snips or manage tin to make them look cool!

These kinds of paint techniques are super easy to master. And using the distress oxide over the acrylic paint makes it even more real looking!

Now, I KNOW that there are metal papers out there to buy, but when you have craft supplies like Distress Oxides from Ranger Ink (a USA based company… yay!) why not use them instead of buying a specialty paper at top dollar prices.

Full How To Make Faux Metal Paper Video

Supplies Used In The Metal Paper Sheets Video

Silver Oxides

Gold Oxides

Copper Oxides

One note about Oxide inks (either the spray or ink pads)… make sure to use a heat tool or embossing tool to dry the individual layers to get the neat layered metal look.

Yield: 3

How To Make Faux Metal Paper

How To Make Faux Metal Paper

Tips and ideas for how to make faux metal paper using acrylic paint and Distress oxide sprays and ink pads.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $20

Materials

  • Mixed media paper (or watercolor)
  • Metallic acrylic paint
  • Distress oxide sprays or pads

Tools

  • Water spray bottle
  • Heat gun or embossing gun

Instructions

  1. For the first layer put out a little bit of metallic paint (I use a glass mat for this), spray a bit of water on it to water it down

    Use acrylic paint watered down for the first layer
  2. Smoosh your paper into the metallic paint (if you want it to spread more you can spray your paper with water too)

    Smoosh your paper into the metallic paint (if you want it to spread more you can spray your paper with water too)
  3. Your metallic paint layer should be random, it is just a base layer

    Your metallic paint layer should be random, it is just a base layer
  4. For the next few layers spray Distress Oxide sprays or ink from pads (spray with water)

    For the next few layers spray Distress Oxide sprays or ink from pads (spray with water), make sure to dry each layer between smooshing
  5. Make sure to dry each oxide layer between smooshing

    Make sure to dry each oxide layer between smooshing
  6. Final paper looks just like metal!

    Final paper looks just like metal!


Notes

You can make these with silver, copper, bronze or gold!

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