Want to give your patterned paper a new look?

When I first learned the Faux Silk technique years ago, we stamped our images directly onto tissue paper, crumpled it up, and then glued it onto white card stock. The results were actually quite striking so you may want to give that a try.

I’m always looking for new ways to use my patterned paper though, so for these cards, I decided to change up the faux silk technique a bit and put plain tissue paper over my floral patterned papers to give them a more muted look.

You could also stamp images on card stock and then cover them with tissue paper.


How to do the Faux Silk Technique with Patterned Paper


  1. Start by picking your patterned paper. Bold, dark colors will show through your tissue paper better. I held tissue paper over a bunch of different patterns of paper before I decided to use these pieces from the Awash in Beauty paper pack.
  2. You can cut your paper into a square or rectangle OR you can add your tissue paper and then cut your image out with a die.
  3. Once you have your piece of patterned paper, cut a piece of tissue paper larger and crumple it up.
  4. Add glue over your ENTIRE piece of patterned paper. You can use Multipurpose glue, but I always make a mess with it so I prefer to use glue sticks. The Silicone Craft Sheet is really easy to clean up and protects your surface.
  5. Lay your tissue paper on top and pat it down while leaving some wrinkles in it.
  6. Let dry. Then it’s ready to die-cut or if you have a rectangle, turn it over and cut the tissue to the edges.
  7. Add your faux silk piece to a card and embellish it as you’d like.


Basic White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Patterned Background Paper: 3-3/4″ x 5″
Merry Merlot: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″
Circle Size: 2-1/2″
“Thanks” Label from Sending Dies

You can see how I shortened the label die to fit the “Thanks” by watching this video.


Merry Merlot card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Floral paper: 3″ x 5-1/2″
“A Note of Thanks” Label from Sending Dies


Grab some white tissue paper and a piece of patterned paper to give this technique a try.

Happy Stamping!


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