Tuesday 1 October 2013

Faux Cloisonne Flowers

     This month at Technique Time Tuesday we are using the Faux Cloisonne technique. If you would like to watch a tutorial then please pop over to our challenge site and watch Mynnette's excellent video.
     This technique is using glossy magazine picture or such like to mimic the intricate colourful enamel art form with a little help from embossing powder.
     Have you ever seen a picture in a magazine and thought the pattern in it might be useful, well this will show you one way to use it. There is an abundance of packaging and junk mail out there that could be recycled into something rather nice. I have chosen to use and old Christmas card back and a paint chart.
     I began with the paint chart and two small flower stamps. I wanted my flowers to be different shades of the same colour, not always easy with ink but this way I am guaranteed a match. I have used silver embossing powder which also helps hide any tiny writing on the coloured areas. They have all been cut out, shaped and had a tiny gem stuck in the middle.

     Next was the butterfly, stamped and embossed in silver again but this time I used the back of an old Christmas card I had received last year (a bought one, don't worry I didn't destroy anyone's hard work!). I cut him out and used some flower stamens as antenna. There are two small foam pads under his wings to keep them up.
     The cream card blank is stamped with Old Paper Distress ink using the Tim Holtz Flourish stamp. On top of that is a dark green die cut frame from Spellbinders, then a piece of card coloured with Cosmic Shimmer Misters, stamped with the same swirl in Archival Olive green and coloured in with an alcohol marker in green. I cut the Cosmic card out by tracing the inner shape of the die on the back and using scissors, it was much easier than trying to cut out the centre of the frame!
     I've had these paint charts on my desk for months just waiting for something to use them for, look out DIY shops I'm coming back for some more!


  1. I picked up a load of those little colour cards ages ago and promptly forgot about them. They have made excellent little flowers - love the idea.

  2. OH MY WORD. Paint chips--that is brilliant!!! This is such a gorgeous scene you've created--absolutely gorgeous! HUGS and have a great rest of the week! :) Mynn xx

  3. What a brilliant idea to use paint charts ( and they're free!) Love the flowers and butterfly, it's different to use the silver powder but you still get that lovely shiny effect. Beautiful background too. Awesome job, Rocky

    Louise xx

  4. Gorgeous card, great tip to use paint charts, TFS, Cathy x

  5. Oh my goodness Rocky, how gorgeous! I love green and purple so that caught my eye quickly. I love your idea of using paint chips and that butterfly is just amazing. Pretty SB too!

  6. Great idea to use the paint chip! I love the variation of purples on the flowers.

  7. Love the bright colors and that butterfly...WOW! And how clever are you using the paint chip strip? Love it!

  8. I love the butterfly and your flowers are so cute. Thanks for my prize for that's months challenge x


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