Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CAS Mix Up Cork and New Technique!

Trying a new technique.."Faux Enamel"  after seeing my friend, Kia's (A Place for Kia)
Gorgeous Valentine using the technique.

Kia also shared Simon Says Stamp Video by Marion Emberson,  which I used for my bird.
Here is another YouTube Faux Enamel video by Marion that my friend MaryH shared with me.
Thank you Mary.  

My card is also for the February  CAS Mix Up Challenge: Stamping + Felt, Cork or Canvas + Your Choice..Faux Enamel and Die Cuts.

Here is my "Faux Enamel" Bird card.

I had so much fun playing with the Faux Enamel technique.  I ended up with 4 birds and chose my favorite for my card.  Be sure and check out the video above.

I laid a piece of scrap copy paper over my craft mat then a die cut bird.
I die cut my CUTplorations "For the Birds" bird out of  SU Thick Whisper White CS.  

Next used a palette knife to carefully scoop up SU Cherry Cobbler EB powder and place onto the head and tail areas.
Did the same with Crushed Curry for the breast and Early Espresso for the rest of the bird.

I then very carefully lifted up the EB powder covered bird with my palette knife.  I wanted to save the excess powder to be used on another bird and also clean off the copy paper.

I carefully replaced bird on copy paper and added a layer of parchment paper,  which keeps the powder from flying...Everywhere!!!

Then used heat tool very close to parchment to melt all the powders.  When the parchment was sticking well to bird I tapped the heat tool over the parchment to help blend the colors. The video shows this technique.

Next step is really fun.  Carefully lift a corner of parchment and remove.  That also blends some of the colors and made the cool looking feathers for the bird.  You will never have 2 images the same.

Be sure and lift image up quickly with knife because will stick to paper underneath.
The excess melted powder can be used for other projects or tossed.

I die cut my window and placed cork behind and attached my bird with Tombow liquid glue.
Die cut branch out of white CS and colored with SU Soft Suede marker.  Then attached branch.

Added SSS Bouquet of Thanks Hello and Done!  

I was very happy with the results and still have 3 more birds for future projects.
Thank you again Kia for the "Faux Enamel" Inspiration.  
I will be using the technique again!

Stamps: SSS Bouquet of Thanks
Paper: Thick Whisper White CS
Inks: SU Early Espresso (sentiment) and Soft Suede (branch).
Accessories: SU EB Powders:Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso.  CUTplorations "For the Birds" Die.  Dienamics "Rectangle Peek-A-Boo Window" die. Memory Box "Woodland Branch" die. SU Heat Tool. Palette Knife. Cork from stash. Reynolds Parchment Paper (it did not stick to bird when removed). Copy Paper. Tombow liquid glue.


  1. Always love new techniques and this is a beauty and new to me. Love the unique effect and isn't it great with all new techniques we have many more to use again? Such an adorable card, great texture and amazing technique. Thank you for sharing and it's on my to do list....Thank you x

  2. Nancy, this is SO cool! Those birds are just beautiful! Thank you too for the link to the video. Love it and it looks SO fun. I'm going to have to try this so the notification of your post will be forever in my ideas link. Just saw in the comments on the video that they suggest wax paper too instead of parchment- so the leftovers stuck to the wax paper will peel off the wax paper and is translucent. Makes me want to do it now.

  3. I saw Kia's technique on her blog and really want to try it. Your beautiful birds are inspiring me even more. Love the colours you chose and how you got them logically placed the way a bird might be coloured. A great card!

  4. I have not heard about that technique yet, but it looks amazing! Beautifully done card! Thanks for sharing the link to the video!

  5. Awesome! And thanks for including the link to the video Enjoyed reading the how-to (but need to see it to really understand the process!) The faux enamel is just stunning and I love the end result in your design. You are always coming up with these new techniques, and you know the 'monkey see, monkey try' thing! This is so amazing the way the powders blended to create the colors. And as Susan said, you got the colors placed so perfectly for realism too. TFS & Hugs

  6. wow, that heart and bird and stunning, this is definitely on my to try list. I love that enamel look and your CAS background really highlights the technique.

  7. This is such a cool technique. I need to get some coloured embossing powder so I can give it a try. Your four birds are so beautiful. I love the way the parchment blends the melted embossing powder. Awesome!! Gorgeous card with your cork background. xx

  8. This technique sounds like fun! Thank you for sharing it, I will watch the video! Your sweet little birds look fabulous! A great design Nancy! Thank you for sticking with me during my haitus! You are so kind! Have a wonderful day my friend! Luv & Hugs. Hazel xx
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  9. Your enameled bird is wonderful, Nancy! I'll be the shine is amazing and I love the added texture of the cork background! Thanks for the step by step. I hope to try this soon.

  10. turned out so gorgeous Nancy....I saw that too, tried it but was not successful...need to have another go at it.
    xx Karen

  11. Such a fun technique and your multi colored birds came out wonderfully Nancy. I’m definitely going to give this a try!

  12. This worked out beautifully Nancy ... love the colours you used and the way the embossing took on the feathered features of the bird. Wonderful ... and thank you for showing my card on your blog, so kind.

  13. Hmmm, I'll have to watch that video. Sounds interesting! It's easy to get hooked on techniques like that, especially when the outcome is this awesome. I love how your bird turned out! Perfect CAS card with the branch and the cork in the frame. Love it, Nancy!

  14. Awesome card, Nancy. You created beautiful movement with your embossing powders on your bird. Such a cool technique... will have to try this.

  15. Your card is SO pretty Nancy and I can hardly wait to try this technique! Thanks for sharing all your tips and tricks...this sounds like a really FUN technique!! Lovely, lovely card!! :0)

  16. This bird is beautifully executed, love the enamel look. All the EBs come together to give a gorgeous feeling of feathers. Thanks so much for sharing this "to try" technique. HUGz xx

  17. Oh, my! This is absolutely stunning, Nancy! Your Faux Enamel effect is so beautiful and interesting! I love the pretty colors and the way the melted EB powder was blended - looking just like feathers! The colored branch and the cork background are perfect for the bird too. Hugs.. Hideko

  18. Well done, Nancy! It sounds a bit tricky, but you handled it beautifully and created stunning Faux Enamel birds!! Hugs, Darnell

  19. Two beautiful card! I have to check out that technique!

  20. The red & white heart is just bloomin' gorgeous! I love your colors even more than the sea green Marion used in the video & the presentation is really classy too. Can't wait to try this, got the video bookmarked & got the cooking parchment at the ready. TFS & appreciate the shoutout.

  21. Never heard of this technique, Nancy ... thanks for the links! Your birds are gorgeous ... there's something so deliciously organic about them ... the cork backing is perfect with that single one on his branch! Hugs, Anita :)

  22. Don't you just love seeing a new technique... This was so clever and I love your results Nancy...Such a fabulous card and the cork look wonderful!

  23. Missed this the first time round Nancy! What a great looking technique, so effective, Cathy x

    1. Thank you Cathy for checking out my 1st card with the faux enamel technique. Hugs..Nancy


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