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Faux Metal Frame Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 11/17/2020 1 Comment(s) Mixed Media,Tutorials,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

  Add a touch of class and elegance to your paper projects with this #G45Technique - Faux Metal Frame Tutorial.  In the step by step video, Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Lena Astafeva teaches us how to use our Metal Dies to create your own embellishments.  This faux metal technique would be great on albums, cards, and home decor projects as well.  Be sure to watch the video and create along with us!


Policy Envelopes

with Faux Metal Frame Tutorial

By Lena Astafeva


“Today I want to show how to make the imitation of metal, to create my own decoration with die cut, priming and wax.

I like a lot the set of die cut G45, frames are perfect as decoration. To create such decoration is very simple but they will go with any kind of cards, envelopes or any other project.




Video Tutorial:

Faux Metal Frames with Metal Die Tutorial by Lena Astafeva for Graphic 45









Policy & Decorative Dies


Graphic 45 Supply List:

Policy & Decorative Dies

Fruit &Flora 12x12 Collection Pack

Fruit &Flora 8x8Pad

Fruit &Flora Patterns & Solid Pad

Fruit & Flora Die Cut Assortment

Rose Bouquet Collection Pink

Matte Pearl Gems (out of stock)


Other Supplies:

Policy & Decorative Dies 





Happy Papercrafting!


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1 Comment(s)

Jan Ross:
11/18/2020, 08:39:38 AM

Hi Lena:Your cards are absolutely gorgeous. If you have time, would you give me the exact name of each of the products you used to make the frames pieces simulate metal. This would be my first attempt at creating this faux finish, and I'm willing to purchase whatever I need. Your work is just beautiful. Thanks so much.

Charee Filimoehala:
11/19/2020, 03:34:20 PM

I forwarded your question to Lena. Here is her answer: Hello Jan, I am glad that you liked my project. For the base, I used a thin craft carton Palazzo, in Russia it is sold in an art store. You can use any cardstock. Using Policy & Decorative Dies, I cut out the elements. I glued three elements together, so the future frame or corners will look more voluminous and stronger. Then I painted them black gesso. After that I started to apply Prima Finnabair -Metallique Wax Cire Cera- Vintage Gold It is necessary to let the wax dry for 5 minutes and you can apply a different color, but not on the entire surface, but along the edges or only in the middle. I used Indian pink and Bronze Age. That's all. If you have any more questions, you can ask me, I will always be happy to help

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