How to make faux stained glass

Learn how to make faux stained glass by using dies, paint and crystal glaze. Get the full tutorial here!

Faux stained glass

Using dies for this faux stained glass effect is a great way to create a luxurious look mainly from card. The effect is surprisingly easy to achieve and can be used to create a colourful image that is perfect for really special cards and craft projects.

For this set of cards, designer Carolyne Knott used an exciting range of Sue Wilson dies from Creative Expressions called the Stained Glass Collection. These designs are perfect for creating toppers that are reminiscent of the traditional stained glass style you see in churches and old buildings. The same technique can be applied using any style of die with recessed areas that can be coloured.

How to make faux stained glass

Along with clear glaze to give the illusion of glass, Carolyne used watercolour paints (check out our round-up of the best watercolour paints) and silver craft metal sheets to create a more realistic effect. However, you could easily exchange the watercolours for almost any other colouring medium, and the metal sheets with anything that produces a similar metallic effect, such as mirror card, silver heat embossing, gilding flakes or gilding paste.

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You will need

  • Dies – we’re using the Sue Wilson Stained Glass Collection Dies
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Heat tool
  • Silver craft metal sheets
  • Silver embossing powder
  • VersaMark ink pad
  • Watercolour paints
  • Nuvo Clear Crystal Glaze
  • Stamps
  • Double-sided adhesive sheets
  • Hole punch
  • White ribbon

How to make faux stained glass

Faux stained glass - card 1
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Step 1

Cut five pieces of white card, each measuring 90 x 120mm. Back four of the pieces with a double-sided adhesive sheet and carefully die-cut the butterfly design from these four pieces of card.

How to make faux stained glass - step 1

Step 2

Carefully remove the adhesive backing from one die-cut piece and attach to the remaining piece of white card. Colour inside the die-cut outline using a selection of watercolour paints (or any colouring medium you have). Allow to dry.

How to make faux stained glass - step 2

Step 3

Next, carefully remove the adhesive backing from the remaining die-cut pieces and overlay onto the coloured panel. Neatly fill each of the recesses with a covering of Crystal Glaze and allow to dry – this creates the shine for your faux stained glass. 

How to make faux stained glass - step 3

Step 4

Back a 100 x 130mm piece of silver craft metal with double-sided adhesive and die-cut the butterfly design. Remove the adhesive backing and overlay onto the panel. Fold the excess behind the panel. The craft metal doubles as the lead in the faux stained glass.

How to make faux stained glass - step 4

Step 5

Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom of a 140 x 180mm white base card using VersaMark ink and heat emboss in silver. Attach the faux stained glass panel to the centre of the base as shown.

How to make faux stained glass - step 5

Step 6

For the tag, follow steps 1-4 to create a faux stained glass panel and trim the border. Attach to a 105 x 140mm white tag with a silver heat embossed sentiment. Punch a hole and thread with a piece of white ribbon.

How to make faux stained glass - step 6

Faux stained glass - gift tag
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Try these faux stained glass cards:

All the best

Faux stained glass - card 5
  1. Back four 120 x 90mm pieces of white card with double-sided adhesive and die-cut the hummingbird design. Carefully remove the adhesive backing from one die-cut piece and back with a piece of white card.
  2. Colour panel with watercolours and allow to dry. Remove the adhesive backing from the remaining die-cut pieces and overlay onto the panel. Carefully fill each of the recesses with a covering of Crystal Glaze and allow to dry.
  3. Back a 130 x 100mm piece of silver craft metal with double-sided adhesive and die-cut the hummingbird design. Remove the adhesive backing and overlay onto the panel. Fold the excess behind the panel.
  4. Stamp a sentiment onto the bottom of a 170 x 145mm white base card using VersaMark ink and heat emboss in silver. Attach the faux stained glass panel to base as shown to finish.

Wishing you luck

Faux stained glass - card 4
  1. Back four 90 x 120mm pieces of white card with double-sided adhesive and die-cut the sailboat design. Remove the adhesive backing from one die-cut piece and back with white card.
  2. Colour the panel with watercolours and allow to dry. Remove the adhesive backing from the remaining die-cut pieces and overlay onto the panel. Fill each of the recesses with Crystal Glaze and allow to dry.
  3. Back a 100 x 130mm piece of silver craft metal with double-sided adhesive and die-cut the sailboat design. Remove the adhesive backing and overlay onto the panel. Fold the excess behind the panel.
  4. Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom of a 140 x 180mm white base using VersaMark ink and heat emboss in silver. Attach the faux stained glass panel to the centre of the base card as shown to finish.

Special friend

Faux stained glass - card 3
  1. Back four 90 x 120mm pieces of white card with double-sided adhesive and die-cut the hot air balloon design. Remove the adhesive backing from one die-cut piece and back with a piece of white card.
  2. Colour panel with watercolours; allow to dry. Remove adhesive backing from remaining die-cut pieces and overlay onto the panel. Fill the recesses with Crystal Glaze; allow to dry.
  3. Back a 100 x 130mm piece of silver craft metal with double-sided adhesive and die-cut the hot air balloon design. Remove the adhesive backing and overlay onto the panel. Fold the excess behind the panel.
  4. Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom of a 140 x 180mm white base card using VersaMark ink and heat emboss in silver. Attach the faux stained glass panel to the centre of the base to finish.

Thank you card

Faux stained glass - card 2
  1. Back four 90x120mm pieces of white card with double-sided adhesive and die-cut the daisy design. Remove the adhesive backing from one die-cut piece and back with white card.
  2. Colour panel with watercolours; allow to dry. Remove adhesive backing from remaining die-cut pieces and overlay onto panel. Fill the recesses with Crystal Glaze and allow them to dry.
  3. Back a 100 x 130mm piece of silver craft metal with double-sided adhesive and die-cut the daisy design. Remove the adhesive backing and overlay onto the panel. Fold the excess behind the panel.
  4. Stamp a sentiment onto the bottom of a 140 x 180mm white base card using VersaMark ink and heat emboss in silver. Attach the faux stained glass panel to the centre of the base as shown to finish.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this faux stained glass tutorial. We have plenty of other glass-inspired projects here on Gathered, too – like these sea glass crafts, or these gorgeous stained glass window cross stitch patterns.