Saturday 7 July 2012

Embossed Enamel. . . . . . . . .

The challenge over at the Craft Barn is to produce a piece using embossed enamel and/or mica flakes.

As some of you may have noticed, I love embossing powders and already own a number of the Stampendous! Frantage Enamels. I like the varying tones within each shade and all the metallic elements they contain. I also really favour them because they are chunkier than other powders and can be used very successfully when applied in a more random fashion - like I tend to favour. My sister Sandie does the most amazingly precise, beautiful embossing but try as I might, I fail to achieve her perfection and find that these particular powders are more forgiving for my style. 

I can't believe I only needed to take three photos this time. Including the matting, I only used four elements or layers this time and that must be a record for me!

Here's the card I made for my entry at The Craft Barn this time:

The completed card. I've left it without a sentiment so one can be added at a later date to suit any occasion.

The 'red' layer was developed using layers of distress inks and various stamped TH  images. I watched Neil at the Craft Barn Extravaganza on Saturday doing this and had to rush home and have a go!
The main floral images were stamped with coffee archival, bleached with a water brush and inked with a highlighting shade of distress ink.

The die cut flowers are a Memory Box die which Karen used on the Craft Barn blog and I fell in love with it. (Bought with a thank you voucher from my lovely Sister and Niece!). The flower end of the die cuts were stamped with olive archival then the whole die cut was inked with distress. I applied clear embossing ink to the die cuts using some sequin waste. Aged green embossing enamel was then scattered over and heated gently. See the next photo for a more detailed image of this.

The embossing enamel can be seen clearly here in a vaguely circular design - from the sequin waste. I wanted to achieve a random effect with the powder hence the reason for using the sequin waste.
The edges of the main card were inked with walnut distress but I decided that the other two looked better left 'nude' - unbelievable for me I know!! Sometimes, as they say, less is more!
The final task was to cut white and kraft card layers and assemble the card. I did think to cut the long stem but decided that I liked the way the image was coming out of the main display area so I left it.

Short and sweet from me this time - hope you like it!


  1. OK, you must have been psychic (or I read your posts in the wrong order more like!!! LOL:¬) coz you've just answered my question about the die!
    Anyway, another absolute winner here. You are a star when it comes to embossing/enamelling (your flowers are to die for) and this just shows that.
    Now, I notice you have a sister - does she also have a blog? Are you a super talented family? Thanks for the heads up on the Craft Barn blog/challenge too. Not seen it before and it looks fun. Hugs, Buttons x

  2. Fabulous use of the die Julia :)
    Von ♥

  3. Love the richness of this - and such a brill idea to use embossing ink through a stencil onto the flowers.

  4. Fabulous inky background Julia and that is a super die. Love how you've embossed through the sequin waste. xx

  5. Total gorgeousness - love every element but particularly those water-dyed flowers which are so perfect because they're just a shade lighter than the background instead of being a shade darker. Amazing! M x

  6. Hi Julia, Love the rich colours on your card. And the bleaching of the flowers is a great subtle effect...perfect for the die cuts to go on. Clever embossing too! Great card
    Dot x

  7. This is great Julia, love the colors of the background and the die cut! Great :-)

    greetings, Alie :-)

  8. Julia, your card is awesome!!!!I love colours and background..!
    Hugs from Slovenia!

  9. Your card is perfect Julia, and so lovely !!! Since I have this flower stamp I think (or one that looks like !) as well as this memory box die I bought recently on the Craft Barn, I think I will try to do sometime like that one day, it's great ! Hugs from coco

  10. Fantastic, love all the details.

  11. Lovely piece and gorgeous colors. I like the idea to use embossing powders through sequin waste. Brilliant.
    Be the way I'm the one who not embrace perfection,at all!! :-)
    Thank you for joining the challenge at Craftbarn

  12. Lovely card, this die-cut flower is superb and the embossing looks suitably vintagey.

  13. Sooooo elegant! Love the deep colour!

  14. This is stunning Julia.
    Thanks for entering the challenge.


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