Thursday, 11 October 2012
I have just discovered Fran-tage by Stampendous and I LOVE IT!! The shabby embossing enamels are beautiful and as for the mica fragments ... well don't get me started!!
I wanted to have a play with them straight away so I used some of the corrugated card from the box my order arrived in as my background. I started by picking the cardboard apart to expose the 'ribs' before using paint dabbers over some of the background. I wanted to create two big splodgy areas so I tried melting the shabby enamel in a melt pot. However, I found that I lost all the colours and glitter and ended up with white. So I poured this onto the card which allowed me to re-adhere more embossing enamel over the top. I also tried heating it from below but as the card is quite thick, the heat doesn't really get through sufficiently to get the melt going and I was worried I would set fire to my project before I'd even got going!! When the enamel was still wet I added the mica flakes and beads.
The birdcage is cut from Tim Holtz Kraft resist paper which I then inked and made little dangly pendants for the bottom.
I cut the birds with my cricut and stuck them onto wire and allowed to dry.
The flowers are made with crepe paper which I stamped with text and spritzed with glimmer mists. Once dry, I cut individual petals and stuck them around the centre on a cocktail stick. Creating them like this allowed me to make big soft and shabby blooms which I have fixed by pushing the stick through the background, gluing and trimming.
I painted the old watch face with Viva Gold metal paint and used PVA around the edge before dipping it into Cosmic Vintage Mica Flakes. The words are a Stampotique stamp which I stamped and embossed in black before embossing the ends with Fran-tage and mica flakes.
The card is double mounted onto Lost and Found papers. I have torn, distressed, curled and inked the first layer and I embossed the back layer with music before inking the edge with black soot and tattered rose. I also added some gold rub-on with my finger to accentuate the embossing.
I love the soft summery shades the Fran-tage adds - hopefully it will remind me of summer now we are getting grey rainy days :(
I have entered this into the following challenges:
Crafty Mess - 19th Challenge: Anything Goes
Craft Pad - No. 191 Vintage
Stampin' for the Weekend - Challenge 18: Feeling Floral
That Craft Place - Make you own Background
Totally Gorjuss - Punch and Die
Hope you are having some sunshine wherever you are ... x