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Monday, March 10, 2008

Faux Cloisonne Card Challenge

On Monday's at SplitCoastStampers it's "Try a New Technique Day." Every Monday they have this. I have participated in a couple of them but not as many as I do the Wednesday "Sketch Challenge".

This technique is called "Faux Cloisonne." You find some colored areas in magazines and emboss on it. For mine I pulled out pages that had red on them. One of these flowers is from a bedspread photo, one is from a little girl's dress and the other one is from robe. I happened to run across an old magazine from Christmas so there was LOTS of red in it!!! The leaves were from a Christmas tree in the background of one of the photos!!! That part was fun. Too bad the magazine/catalog was expired, it was kind of fun shopping too!!! LOL DH will be glad to know it was expired!!! LOL

After I found the colors I wanted I found a stamp that had lines, not a solid stamp. You stamp your image with VersaMark or a gold ink pad. Then you emboss in gold or if you used the gold ink pad you can emboss in clear or gold. I used gold embossing powder. I LOVE using gold or silver embossing powder because it seems to melt the easiest and it's fun to watch it melt across your image. You know when it melts and when it's done. I embossed the flowers and cut them out. I arranged them on my workspace until I got them to where I liked them. Then I made my page layout. I'm not overly thrilled with it but it worked for this design. I added three buttons on the right side because that area needed just a touch of "something." And I also added a sentiment at the bottom. I was in the middle of taking photos and realized that the bottom corner needed something so I added the "thank you" (from the Stampin' Up! "All Holidays" set) and I punched it out with the oval punches. It was just what that corner needed.

This is a VERY fun technique to do but extremely difficult to photograph. I couldn't get the camera to NOT bounce the light off the shiny magazine paper.

I highly recommend you stop by SplitCoast sometime and try one of their challenges. There's a new one every Monday through Saturday!!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by,


SmilynStef said...

Perfect stamps and colors ... your card features the technique so beautifully.

Anonymous said...

WOW! This card has flowers that just jump right off the card! It's gorgeous! What a great way to recycle all those old mags! TFS

Pat S. said...

OMG...this is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful job on this technique-made a fab card! (I love this technique as you know! Thanks for viewing it.)
Great site too!
--Joyce (write2it@scs)

tinamarie said...

WOW!Those flowers on your card are gorgeous!! I will have to try this.

Unknown said...

Very nice, I have not given this a try yet. Looks like fun, thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a beautiful card. My favorite color is red and my favorite stamp set is Embrace Life!!!! Thanks so much for this great idea; I will have to try this. My friend, Peggy, just gave me a bag of old stamping magazines - she may want them back! LOL.

Maple Grove, MN.

Paula said...

All I can say is Wow, Wow, WOW. I actually tried this technique tonight. I love it. Tomorrow I will try taking photos and post to my blog. What fun this was. What totally different looks you get from different pictures.....Too kewl.