Faux Metal Tag Tutorial

Stampin up cute and curly faux metal

Mission accomplished!  I created my first stamping video tutorial.  Click the television below!   It lacks Hollywood potential (the quality gets compromised when it's uploaded to Utube) and there are occasional glare issues . . . but I'm excited that I finally crossed over to "moving pictures." 

Music and captions were added because my narrative sounded like a lisping alien.  If any techies out there know how to improve on this, please leave me a comment.  Perhaps I'll evolve into "talkies" before long.


I want to give a shout out to Veronica of VK Design Co. for this fun tutorial button.  She also created my latest Stampin' Pretty blog design and buttons.  She's reasonably priced and her work is nothing short of genius.

This sketch is attributed to Julee at Poetic Artistry.  My Very Vanilla card base is  5.5 x 4.25, scored on the side.  I layered Riding Hood Red (top) and Basic Black on the bottom.  The black received a little jazz from a Scallop Edge Punch and three gold brads.

The top border was heat embossed in gold on Very Vanilla using Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful Borders stamp set.  Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain offers a luxurious accent.  The patterned paper on the lower half is from Stampin' Up!'s Bella Rose Designer Series.

Details for the "metal" tag are included in my Faux Metal Tag Tutorial above.  It combines the Cute and Curly holiday stamp, gold embossing powder, heat tool and the Curly Label Punch.  TIP:  You could use the same process to make silver tags with Silver Embossing Powder and Brushed Silver card stock.  The tag is propped up on Stampin' Dimensionals and adhered to Very Vanilla card stock matted on Basic Black.

TIP:  Both rows of Gold Brads were lined up with precision using the Template and Paper Piercer from Stampin'  Up!'s Crafter's tool kit. 

Did you find the video helpful?  Please leave me a comment on your thoughts and any suggestions for future video tutorials. 



Stamp Set:  Cute and Curly (Curly Label Punch Bundle, 112966), Beautiful Borders (111594)
Paper:  Brushed Gold (102935), Bella Rose Designer Series (112041), Riding Hood Red (111348), Basic Black (102851), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  VersaMark (102283)
Cool Tools:  Heat Tool (100005), Paper Piercer and Template (Crafter's Tool Kit, 104310), Curly Label Punch (112966), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Powder Pals (102197), Embossing Buddy (103083)
The Perfect Touch:  Gold Embossing Powder (109129), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Gold Brads (104337), Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109027)

Curly label punch


  1. Wow! This is so classy! What a fabulous technique. Your card is beautiful, as always! Thanks for playing. 🙂

  2. Gorgeous card, Mary! It really does look like metal! Great job on accomplishing the video! Hope to see more!

  3. Mary—that tag is amazing. It really looks like a metal tag! And whoo-hoo for Veronica—-your blog looks amazing! And that TV—LOVE it! OK, that’s enough gushing! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  4. Colleen Moreland

    Great job!!! You are doing great. I love the card too!!

  5. Susan Lankford

    Very cool video and music, Mary!

  6. Love the TV button. Awesome video! Great clear tutorial. 🙂

  7. Love it Mary, I think you did a great job, I laughed out loud at the part ‘where the finished card magically apears” Very nice

  8. Love your fabulous faux metal tag – great job on the video tutorial. I was groovin’ with Aretha 🙂 I have an award for you on my blog…c’mon over and check it out!

  9. Becky in Maine

    Great video, loved the card! So glad I found your site the other night, thank you for all the great ideas and inspiration.

    PS. How did you know I was going to start dancing then? 🙂

  10. Cool video! Great job on your first one! Your card is so beautiful!

  11. Elizabeth Fortuna

    Super job! thanks for sharing!

  12. YOU ARE FABULOUS MARY!!!! Great video, especially for your first time. Very professional and easy to follow. Make more, please!!!! Very FUN!

  13. Wow this is gorgeous! The gold metalic with these pretty colors is so striking!

  14. And the Emmy goes to………..

  15. colleen kramer

    LOVED IT!!!! Fabulous choice of music! I’ll be humming that for awhile 🙂 Your pop-ups are wonderful, and your timing was great. 2 Thumbs WAAAY Up!!!

  16. Beautiful card!!! Love your tutorial on youtube!!
    I think I am blogging again, LOL, (I think) I have had really bad weeks. Anyway, Love your creations.

    God bless

  17. Very beautiful card! I love your creativity!

  18. Marie Donnelly

    Mary!!! I’m so proud of you! Fantastic job on the video…great choice of music, too. I laffed at the “lisping alien” comment!!

  19. Grace Lange-Way

    Fantastic job Mary. I love the video tutorials but frankly, I prefer that they be accompanied by written instructions. That way I can print the instructions out and have them on hand whenever I need them. Thanks for all your hard work. I just love this site!

  20. It’s so hard to believe that you have only been doing this for a year. You’ve come a long way baby. I loved the tutorial and I agree with everyone else a video is so much easier than words. Thanks for taking the time to do this video, I know everyone else appreciates it too.

  21. WOW! Mary this card is fabulous. Love your new tutorial, that is super! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Wow, great tutorial, Mary! I so have to go try this… as soon as I get that punch! 🙂

    ~ Pia

  23. Loving that new video tutorial!! You did a fabulous job – enjoyed it very much!! Your card is stunning too!!

  24. Absoluely loved it! You inspire me. Also loved hearing Aretha…still hummin’ the tune! Thanks for sharing.

  25. That was awesome Mary! I’m a visual learer and this video was perfect for someoe like me who can read & reread instructions and still make a mistake! My kids and I loved listening to Aretha~nice job on your first ‘video’!! Kim2

  26. Mary, You Rock!!!! That was awesome!

  27. Awesome tutorial. TFS. Your card is darling too.

  28. Congrats Mary! Who said you couldn’t do it! 😉 Awesome job!! Gorgeous card.

  29. Awesome tutorial – Mary!!! Your card is gorgeous – love all the embossing!!!

  30. I like your video – great job! I really like this technique and will give it a try.

  31. Mary – I love it !!! The captions are awesome – some videos are uber difficult to understand so I appreciate those who have “captions” of sorts in their videos as it helps facilitate understanding. Even if you move on to “talkies”, I hope you still “caption” important parts of the videos. Love the TV link too – much better than the YouTube links. Way to go!!! I’m sorry I haven’t been commenting lately, I just got back from being on vacation so I’m still catching up on my blog reading. 🙂

  32. .gina Nichols

    Ok! that was the “BOMB”, luv the TV, and Aretha! better then U-Tube!

  33. Now more then ever I can’t wait for this set. My dear friend had to drop out of our Hostess Club and my HUSBAND is filling in for her because I’m the hostess for December and he’s buying this for me – triple smiles! Beautiful card as always. Thanks for blessing my day

  34. Very pretty Mary! Oh I so want to change my blog…but it’s to close to X-mas. But, when I do, I’ll definitely go with VK Designs her blogs are so beautiful. Including yours!!!!

  35. Patti MacLeith

    How did you know I was dancing? AND singing???

    I never thought of embossing gold on gold, but I can’t wait to try it! You are so creative, I’m glad I found you.


  36. Great job! The popups are the best!

  37. You crack me up! After “moving pictures” comes “talkies” you know.

    I wish finished cards would magically appear on my desk sometimes, ha! Great job on your first video.

  38. AWESOME! I loved the pop-up’s in the video… so very helpful.

    I am digging that little TV button too. So cool.

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