Faux (pronounced “foe”), is derived from the French language and means artificial or fake. The term “faux finish” refers to decorative techniques that are applied to a surface to replicate the appearance of other materials, such as rock or wood. It’s most often associated with painting techniques, but in papercraft, we also apply faux finishes with stamps, embossing folders, inks and a variety of mixed media products. One of the most popular faux finishes in recent times is created by sponging alcohol inks and blending solution on to glossy card to create a marble-look. Veins of gold are sometimes painted or dripped onto the finished piece to help enhance the completed piece. Another popular finish is wood-grain, which is often applied with a stamp and ink or even by swiping colour directly onto a piece of card stock.