Saturday, June 15, 2013

Feeling Faux!

Stampotique Designers Challenge this week is Faux Metal. I recently purchased Vintage Cabinet Card Alterations Movers and Shapers dies, so I figured that this was a good time to break them out.

This is what happened.

I started by nesting the Mini Vintage Cabinet Card inside the larger one and die cutting black chipboard to create a frame. The next step was to make a thick paint from Pewter Perfect Pearls and water, which was painted over the frame die cut. While the paint was still wet, I brushed several colors of Perfect Pearls over the frame and blended them with a dry brush. Then I grabbed an embossing stylus and pounded it into the wet chipboard to create an aged metal look. I let it dry over night, then added additional texture by hammering with T!m's Hammer tool (which is great therapy).

I stamped Stampotique's Angel using Onyx Black VersaFine ink onto 140 lb. watercolor paper and onto Eclipse tape. The watercolor paper image was heat embossed with clear detail embossing powder and colored using Distress markers. The Eclipse tape image was fussy cut and used to mask the image on the watercolor paper so that I could create the background.  Broken China,  Stormy Sky, and Worn Lipstick Distress inks were sponged over the Steampunk Lace stencil by ArtistCellar.

When I was happy with the result, I adhered the stamped image behind the faux hammered Metal  frame.

Here's a close-up, taken in a sunny cicada-less patch on my front lawn.

Then it was time to make the rest of the card. I had a piece of leftover watercolor paper, so I painted it with a layer of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and heat set it. The stained paper took a ride through my Big Kick inside the Super Powder Puff 5" x 7" embossing folder by Couture Creations. I sponged some Broken China,  Stormy Sky, and Worn Lipstick Distress inks over the folder to add a bit more interest. This layer was matted onto black metallic cardstock from Recollections, and then onto a silver metallic card. The stamped, framed image was mounted onto the card.

I had a scrap left of the Brushed Pewter Distress Stained watercolor paper, so I stamped the sentiment, which I *think* the Wings stamp set is by Lost Coast stamps, onto it using Onyx Black VersaFine ink. This was heat embossed with sparkly black embossing powder.  The sentiment was punched with a Paper Shapers punch.

Fabric flowers were painted with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, heat set, and layered. The sentiment circle was added to the center of the flowers with dimensional adhesive squares.

And I called it done! Woot!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Stampotique Designers Challenge #104: Faux Metal
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Things with Wings
Left of Center Challenge # 8: Embossing
Oozak Challenges: Anything Goes - with a sentiment 


  1. This is so beautiful and I love the colours! Thanks for joining the Stampotique DC!

  2. A great die, great colours and the stamp is too cute...lovely card Kathi

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  3. I love your card Kathi, really gorgeous !!! Great technique with Perfect Pearls too that I didn't know... and found very interesting as that gives wonderful results. Thank you for sharing also :) Coco xx

  4. Gosh, this is just gorgeous, Kathi! You created the coolest frame for your image--I love it! Love the image, too, and the great coloring you did on her. Love the embossing pattern, your flower & sentiment, too! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  5. I think you would really like powdered chalk mixed with paint for projects like this. It looks like mixed media comes easy for you. Fabulous frame.
    Anyway, since you've played at our chalk blog before I wanted to let you know that it's anything goes with chalk at Chalk Ah Lot for the next 12 days. Hopefully you can join us.
    Best Wishes

  6. Very beautiful Kathi! Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique DC! XOXO

  7. A very beautiful creation Kathi. Thank you for joining in with us over at Stampotique. Polly x

  8. Love the juxtaposition of the flower sentiment with the image! Thanks for playing at Oozak Challenge Blog!

  9. Wow, the fake metal frame just looks amazing! Such a cool technique. Love the quirky angel too (bit of Stampotique fan) and she looks very imposing in her framed home. Great quote too :)
    we seem to have avoided the dreaded cicada plague here luckily! Had 1 invade the garage but that was it.

  10. Eeeekkk I love the hammered faux metal. stunning. Thank you for sharing your creations with us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

  11. Love how you created your faux metal, which, actually, looks very real! Well done!

  12. Fantastic faux metal, beautiful design. Thank you for stopping in at my blog and your kind comments, Cheers, Shirley

  13. This is mind boggling, the time and thought you put into creating all of that texturing on the frame. I would heat emboss it and move along lazy thing that I am. You truly inspire me to do more.

  14. I love this! Amazing job, thank you for joining the Oozak Challenge!