How to Create Faux Embossing and More Masquepen Masking


Have you ever wanted to emboss certain areas of your work and couldn’t?  Today I will show you how you can create faux embossing in any spot you want.  Nothing is impossible 🙂

You will also learn more about Masquepen masking as a resist.  If you do not have Masquepen, the same technique can be done using clear embossing powder.

Let’s begin, shall we….





Acrylic Paint in same colour as cardstock (for faux embossing)



Colour your image.


Cover entire image with Maaquepen and add decorative lines around your image.  Let air dry completely.  Do not use a heat gun.


Brayer colour over entire image and cardstock.  Let ink air dry completely.


This is the fun part!  Once your ink has dried, rub Masquepen off your image. Pretend I let my ink dry completely and ignore the fact I smudged my ink onto the ice rink.


Using a stylus, dip the tip into acrylic paint and tap onto cardstock.  To maintain even shapes and sizes, redip into paint with each dot.  Faux embossing is created when you use acrylic paint in the same shade as the cardstock.  The acrylic paint is slightly raised, thus creating a faux embossed look.  Pretty neat, eh?


Finish your piece with fun embellishments such as punches and Flower Soft.


Here you can get a closer look at the faux embossing.

For a complete list of my tutorials, please see my Tutorial page.

Posted on : Jan 27 2010
Posted under Tutorials |

10 People have left comments on this post

Jan 27, 2010 - 09:01:16
Cheryl said:

What a fab tutorial,love the card and all the textures!!!

Jan 27, 2010 - 09:01:54
K Hutchinson said:

OMG GF this totally rocks! I most get me one of them Masque pens! I love this! Gorgeous card!

Jan 27, 2010 - 10:01:58
MarjaS said:

Lovely techniek thanks for showing use 🙂 Marja

Jan 27, 2010 - 10:01:12
Elaine Allen said:

You are a genius Beth! This is beautiful and love the faux embossing details. I have the Masque Pen but would you believe I’ve only ever used it when I watercolor paintings? Duh, who knew it could do double duty with my cards – not me!
Give my littel Snow a kiss from me.

Elaine Allen

Jan 27, 2010 - 12:01:04
Jennifer E. said:

Awesome card & tutorial. Such a fab idea!

Jan 27, 2010 - 01:01:27
Mumur said:

your card is very so pretty!!!!
Thank you for this tutorial.
Hugs, Mumur

Jan 27, 2010 - 02:01:50
Barbd said:

Very very cool you are so talented…images colored with acrylic?i love using acrylics on cards.. your pen is great tool
as usual a great tutorial

Jan 27, 2010 - 03:01:51
fiona said:

Gorgeous card. Thanks for your sweet comments
Fiona x

Jan 27, 2010 - 06:01:14
beth said:

Hey Kim I am with you I need one of those pens and Beth I love your card and as always your tutorials are the best.

Jan 30, 2010 - 09:01:41

Beth, you give AMAZING tips and tricks here! love the work i’ve seen so far!

thanks for your sweet comment on my blog – thrilled that you stopped by! 😀

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