Sunday, April 6, 2008

Faux Suede - My First Tutorial

Yesterday I was cruising some blogs and I came across an amazing tutorial (at least to me). The blog, Out To Impress by Julie Koerber (and, trust me, she does impress), had a great tutorial on using Liquid Applique to make faux suede backgrounds or sheets of paper. Her blog, which you must check out for yourself, is

Thank you Julie for allowing me to get this technique out to others. This is my first tutorial so I hope it's okay and understandable. Now, on to what you need to do....

Supplies you will need are a heat gun, card stock, liquid applique, and a brayer.
Next, lay your card stock on a piece of scrap paper or craft sheet and squeeze a thick line across the middle or squeeze some all over the card stock as I did.

Then, using your brayer, roll the liquid applique across the whole card stock and cover the entire surface. It will not come out perfect and you will have imperfections. I feel this just gives it more of a suede, vintage, or distressed kinda look.

Your card should end up looking like this.

Now use your heat gun to heat the liquid applique until it is set and dry. This will not take long.

This is the finished product. I hope the photo shows the texture of the card. It will look and feel like suede. It's really cool.

Below are some samples I made. I hope you like this technique, use it, and pass it on to others.


  1. Hey Michael!
    I had to come back to see how it all turned out. I LOVE the blue color you used! I only have tan and white in my stock pile. Thanks for trying this and taking it to a whole different level. You rock!

  2. Michael, Michael, Michael!!! You have done it again. I LOVE your easy tutorial and love the cards you did even more!!! Great job my friend!

  3. Great tutorial Michael. I've never tried this, but it looks like fun! :)

  4. how easy, and fun! love your cards, they are so bright and cheerful!!

  5. Great tutorial Michael! Btw, I saw a sample you made with the inkadinkadoo flowers on embossed or patterend grungeboard that's up at The Inkpad. Totally loved it!

  6. Oi Michael...maravilhosos teus cartões, a combinação de cores é perfeita, olhar os teus trabalhos e os da Márcia só me enchem de alegria.
    Mara - Grupo Arte em Papel

  7. Michelle ZindorfMay 14, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Michael, this is a fabulous tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing this technique with us. I'll have to give it a try.

  8. My freind Fabrizio pointed me in the direction of your blog, glad he did, some very cool stuff here. Love your tutorial, looks like good messy fun with a fabulous end result.

  9. Very cool technique!!! I am going to have to try that one!!

  10. I've just discovered your blog Michael & love this tutorial, your examples are stunning too - TFS!!
    Ann ^'^