Create Shimmery Metal X Effects

Masculine Metal Birthday Card

By D’Anne Ward


The Delicata ink colors are perfect for the ‘Faux Metal’ technique. We will be using Seth Apter Gridiron Fine detailed embossing folder and the Drip Drop etched dies from his Spellbinders Collection along with Black & White Simmer, Celestial Copper Delicata inks from Imagine.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour



Step 1

Dry emboss a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ white cardstock using the Seth Apter Gridiron Fine embossing folder. Sponge Black Simmer Delicata ink over the embossed cardstock followed by White Simmer Delicata ink. This combination of inks gives the impression of metal. TIP: place an InkBlusher (thin end) into a medium size binder clip. This clip allows better control of the ink without the mess on your fingers.


Step 2

To create the impress metal rivets use ½ inch white cardstock strips. Turn the cardstock over and apply gentle press with the large end of a stylus. Sponge these hand embossed strips with Celestial Copper Delicata ink. Sponge the strip edges with the Delicata Black Simmer.


Step 3

Die cut from black cardstock Seth Apter Drip Drop etched dies. Using a crackle stamp with Electric Green Radiant Neon ink, stamp the drip die cut and the center circle with the X removed. Apply Celestial Copper Delicata ink to the X die cut.

Step 4

The size of my card is 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” top folding. Layer a piece of black cardstock 4 x 5 ¼”. Cut the embossed faux metal cardstock into various square and rectangle shapes. Mount the faux metal pieces and the metal rivets strips in desired layout onto the black cardstock. Apply the die cut pieces to the front of the card. Ink a Happy Birthday stamp with VersaMark and heat emboss with black embossing powder. Punch out using a 1 ¼” circle and mount to a 1 ½” black circle.


  • Spellbinders – Seth Apter Gridiron Fine Detailed Em’bossing Fold-er, Drip Drop etched dies
  • KaiserKraft – crackle stamp
  • Cardstock –  white and black
  • Tools – scissors, stylus, heat tool, 1 ¼ and 1 ½” circle punches, binder clips




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