Technique Tuesday-Faux Cloisonne

Welcome to the third in my mixed media series.  Today; faux cloisonné.  I’ll be happy not to have to type that too many more times as it doesn’t roll right off my fingers onto the keyboard.  But let me show you the card I made for the hop, which you can find here, by the way.  If you’d to see the first two posts in this series, you can find them here and here.Friends wm 1

I have to say this picture is not the best when I’m trying to show you details.  The orange I used her is Tangerine Tango which is a soft orange, but this appears much brighter and darker, so the balance of the card is off as well.

To create the leaves, I found magazine pages with the general colors I wanted.  The picture doesn’t necessary matter…the colors are what you’re looking for.  Believe it or not, the leaves were created from a picture of…tomatoes.  In fact, this picture:


Using The Mighty Oak stamp set by Papertrey Ink, I selected the stamp that had the most open space for the magazine to show through.  I stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed using Gold Embossing Powder by Stampin’ Up.

Using the companion The Mighty Oak die, I cut the tree in a 4″ x 5 1/4″  Tangerine Tango panel.  This was attached to a 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ piece of Whisper White which was heat embossed around the edges with the same Gold Embossing Powder prior to placing them both on a card base of Early Espresso.   Even though there are dies for the leaves, it was actually easier to hand cut.  I placed them in the openings.  The tree trunk was cut out from specialty paper I purchased at Marco’s Papers, but it was long ago and I can’t find it now to tell you what it’s called.

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These images don’t look like much when you first stamp them on the magazine pages.  In fact, they look a mess.  But when you cut them out, it makes all the difference.  Let me show you.  Here is the Swallowtail Butterfly stamped on three different magazine pages:


And here they are, cut out.  They look better don’t they?



8 Responses to “Technique Tuesday-Faux Cloisonne”

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  1. Jeanette says:

    WOW! This is stunning! Love the gold and shine!

  2. nclights7 says:

    What a great idea! I would have never thought that magazine page was under the leaves. Beautiful butterflies, too!

  3. Lynn McAuley says:

    So very beautiful, Kim! Both the autumn leaves and the butterflies look amazing!!

  4. Denise Sayers says:

    What a cool technique. Now I will have something else to watch for and tear out of my magazines in addition to the recipes I cut out, but very rarely use. Another thing to hoard, lol.

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