Faux Cloisonné

Faux Cloisonné Technique

by Roni Johnson

Imagine Crafts

Cloisonné is the art of applying enamels in wire work designs over a metal base.  You can recreate that lovely look with a few simple supplies paired with StazOn Studio Glaze. The glaze goes on opaque but dries to a lovely translucent glass-like finish.  The perfect technique to create beautiful accent pieces for cards, scrapbook layouts, mixed media projects and more!


how to create

  1. Die-cut three or four pieces of the desired design.


2.  Glue the die cuts together.


3.  Press the stacked die cut piece onto a VersaMark ink pad then sprinkle with gold embossing powder.  Next, shake off any excess powder and heat to melt the powder.

4.  Adhere a piece of aluminum foil to a piece of cardstock and die cut.

NOTE: You can also use a piece of silver specialty paper if available.

5.  Glue the aluminum die cut complete with “cut-outs” to a card panel.


6.  Glue the embossed die cut stack over the aluminum die cut.


7.  Work with a single color of StazOn Studio Glaze fill in the various cells of the die cut image.  Let each color dry before applying the next color.

8.  Continue to fill each cell, overlap the colors where the design intersects.  White, Midnight Blue, Blue Hawaii, and Gothic Purple were used for this design.


Once the Studio Glaze dries the light reflecting off the aluminum base will create a lovely glow creating the illusion of the deep rich colors of real Cloisonné.

9.  Finish off the card by stamping the sentiment in the lower right-hand corner.


Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko:

Other Supplies:

  • Frantic Stamper: Circle Die
  • ClubScrap.com: Cardstock
  • Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Sentiment

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