I combined my blog hop project with this month's Stampendous Challenge, which is to use some of that chipboard we've all got in our stash. Have you checked out the details for this month's challenge? I encourage you to play along (I'm sure you've got some chipboard just waiting to be used!); the challenge runs all month long.
I started by painting my huge chipboard flourish with some acrylic paint. Then I stamped the flourish from the Cling Jumbo Tulip randomly in gold ink; while the ink was still wet I sprinkled some Aged Gold Embossing Enamel in random places and heat set it. I sponged some ink on there, and spritzed a little Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold as well (none of my pictures really do justice to how shimmery it turned out). Next I covered the whole flourish with Versamark ink and Deep Impressions embossing powder. Working in small sections, I heated the powder until it began to melt, and then pressed some Tea Stained Mica Fragments and Mahogany Jewel Glitter into it (I mixed a small pile of the Deep Impression powder, the mica fragments, and the glitter, and picked up pinches of them to drop onto my flourish as it heated). Normally, I'd just sprinkle all of the products onto my paper and heat from underneath, as Fran demonstrated in the video I've linked below, but chipboard is too thick to heat from below and everything would just blow away (ask me how I know this!!).
I did the regular sprinkle-where-I wanted-it technique on my patterned paper, in the upper left corner. In the lower left corner, I stamped the flourish image from the Cling Jumbo Romantic Border in gold ink, and partially embossed it with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel. I sponged all over my patterned paper, and gave it some texture by wrinkling it up with my hands.
For more info on the process of Encrusting with the Fran•tage Essentials, be sure to check out Fran's YouTube video on the Encrusted Jewel Technique.
There's another great one too, Fran•táge 101, that is super helpful.
And now, here is the whole list of our eye candy for today:
As you hop from blog to blog, oohing and aahing over the Encrusted Jewel fabulousness, be sure to leave some love (and your contact email) for the designers, as well as on the Stampendous blog. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win one of these four fabulous prize packages, full of Stampendous Fran•tage Essentials for you to create your own Encrusted Jewel goodness Take a look at the prizes up for grabs:
|Aged Black Prize Package|
|Aged Silver Prize Package|
|Aged Gold Prize Package|
|Shabby White Prize Package|
Winners will be randomly selected from all comments left on blogs, so the more you comment the better your chances are to win one!! You have until Sunday, November 13th at 8:00 PM EST to leave a comment on each blog; winners will be announced on Monday, November 14th. Due to shipping restrictions, all winners must have a US/APO/FPO mailing address.
Stamps: Postcard Pair, Old World Greetings, Jumbo Tulip, Jumbo Romantic Border (Stampendous)
Card Stock: Candlelight, Saltillo (Bazzill)
Patterned Paper: Graphic 45
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Stain, Walnut Stain (Ranger); Gold (Encore); Versamark
Accessories: Aged Gold Embossing Enamel, Tea Stained Mica Fragments, Mahogany Jewel Glitter, Deep Impression Clear Embossing Powder (all by Stampendous); Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Tsukineko); Cream Acrylic Paint (Apple Barrel); large chipboard flourish (unknown manufacturer);
Tools: heat gun (Martha Stewart)