New Faux Stained Glass Technique

Hey there, stamping friend! Last week, my talented friend Buffy Cooper shared a new faux stained glass technique on her blog, that I just had to try! It was such fun, and worked out great. So I just have to share it with you!


Now, when I say ‘new’, I mean new to me! You may have seen this technique before; Buffy did learn it from someone else, before she shared it. But it’s so cool, I think that even if you’ve seen it before, it bears seeing again.

New Faux Stained Glass Technique

This is the completed card! Don’t those flowers look amazing? They are done with the new faux stained glass technique that I’m going to share with you.


All you need are a few supplies that I’m sure you already have! You’ll need an outline image stamp, some alcohol markers, StazOn ink, a piece of acetate or firm plastic, foil (from the kitchen), and an adhesive sheet.

First, stamp the flower and leaf images from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set in StazOn ink onto the acetate. The reason for the StazOn is that it is meant to be used on non-porous surfaces, and it won’t wipe off. Make a mark in the corner of the acetate, so that you know which is the front – this is important! I used a piece of tape and stuck it on the front.

Next, turn the acetate over, so you are now looking at the back. Use your alcohol markers to colour in the flowers and leaves. The ink will basically sit on top of the acetate and dry, so there’s not much blending you can do. I did use 2 colours for my flowers – Light Heather and Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends markers for the flowers, and Dark & Light Old Olive for the leaves. You can see the differences more on the flowers than on the leaves. Here’s a picture I took during the process.

colour the back of the images

Your next step is to apply the adhesive sheet to the back of the acetate – the side that you just coloured. Next, take a piece of tin foil and gently crumple it up; then smooth it open again. You want to keep the wrinkles, but not the big bumps in the foil.

Remove the backing on the adhesive sheet, and attach the foil to the acetate sheet. Now you have your foil attached to the back of the acetate – like in the picture below.

attach foil to back of images

You can see my pieces of tape on the front of the acetate sheets! Your next step is to use the coordinating dies and run these pieces through the Big Shot, to die cut the flowers and leaves.

Because you’re cutting through acetate and foil, it will take a few passes through the Big Shot. I used my Precision Plate, and ran it through with the dies facing up. The die cuts then came out very nicely!

finished die cut images

The photo above shows what your die cut pieces look like! You can see an outline of silver foil around each piece, and the crumpled foil adding loads of texture.


Now that your faux stained glass pieces are ready, you can create your card! I decided to do an embossed background, using a stencil and embossing paste. To colour the paste, I added some Black Brusho Colour Crystals to the white embossing paste, and mixed it up. I held the stencil in place with some Purple Tape, and applied the paste with a palette knife. After applying the paste, remove the stencil, and set the panel aside to dry. While it’s drying, be sure to wash your stencil & palette knife right away, so that the embossing paste doesn’t dry on it.

Once the panel was dry, attach the flowers and leaves with foam squares along the bottom. Stamp the sentiment from the Beautiful Day stamp set onto a strip of white cardstock, in Rich Razzleberry ink. Attach the sentiment strip onto a strip of of the R.R. cardstock and attach both across the top of the front panel.

Finally, attach the front panel to card base of Rich Razzleberry cardstock, with foam tape.

New Faux Stained Glass Technique


I hope you’ll try out this new technique for yourself! It’s easy, and lots of fun. I’ve given you the step by step instructions, but if you’d like to see a video, my friend Buffy shared one on her blog post HERE. You can see the beautiful card she created with this technique! Make sure to say hi to her while you’re there – tell her Deborah sent you! 🙂

I’ve included some links, where possible, for some of the products I used in creating my card. Did you notice that this card also goes along with our Scrap ‘N Stamp Floral Frenzy theme for this month? Be sure to play along with our challenge. You can add your Floral Frenzy themed card to the Facebook Challenge page, and be entered to win a $50 Gift Certificate to the online store!

New Faux Stained Glass Technique

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

2 thoughts on “New Faux Stained Glass Technique

  1. Oh, my gosh, Deborah – this is GORGEOUS!!!! I love the embossing paste background; it’s perfect. And the stained glass flowers are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this beautiful card!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this technique, Buffy. It was such fun to do 🙂 I’m glad that you liked my card.

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