Friday, May 23, 2008

Faux somethings....

Today is the day for STAMP SOMETHING'S 3rd challenge. This week it is faux somethings. I chose to do two faux things on this card. The first is the faux stitching around the white "baby" square. I did this using my white gel pen. I highly recommend having a white gel pen because it really just gives a great finishing touch!!

My second faux is faux metal. And boy did I make a few faux pas with this technique!! Here's a basic tutorial highlighting my pitfalls.

1. Ink image, in this case the bracelet, in versa mark and keep handy.(By handy I mean near you somewhere easy to find...not, for example, under a piece of card stock where you can't find it!!)
2.Ink cardstock with versamark.(use a piece larger than your image and leave an inch or so you are able to pick it up easily.)
3.Cover versamarked area with metallic embossing powder.(Read above about leaving the inch)
4.Heat with heat gun until hot and glossy.
5. While holding cardstock with HOT EP add more EP(Here's where that cool inch free of EP comes in handy, I hear HOT EP is actually HOT to touch)
6.Heat this second layer of EP and repeat 4 times or so.
7.Then while still HOT, quickly stamp your versamarked stamp onto the heated area. (This is where the easy to find stamp comes in handy as does the cool EP free inch of CS.)
8.Be careful it's a little slippery!
9.Cut out image after it cools, it cracks a bit in heavier areas.

Be sure to check out the rest of the design teams fun faux(s) (not sure of the plural), and try a few out yourself!!
I used welcome little one and all year cheer II from stampin up on this card, both are retired.

Thanks for stoppin' by!


~Denise Lynn~

I love it! The colors are soft and perfect for baby. Great faux stitching, but that faux metal takes the cake! It sounds rather hard to do, but what a cool effect! Thanks for the tutorial. :)


This is such a soft and wonderful card. That faux metal accent is perfect!

Becky Carafa

Teehee, great tips! Really cool!


I love the soft blues of your card and the way the faux metal really highlights it. Beautiful work, Erin!


So soft and pretty! I've never tried the faux metal technique and it looks really, really intriguing.....I just might have to give it a shot!

Many Blessings,


TEEHEE - you crack me up, girl! Your card is FABULOUS, so soft and pretty, perfect for baby! I love the colors, the white gel pen looks wonderful and your faux metal is awesome! Great challenge card, you totally ROCKED it! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex


This is beautiful! What a great baby card! I love the faux stitching and the faux metal. TFS!


lovely delicate colours for a new baby!! perfect!!
vanessa xx

Jana Emmert

This is so pretty. Love the colors! (and the pun LOL)


Gorgeous card, fabulous colours and papers


A terrific creation again Erin! Love the "faux" somethings ;) and the soft colours. Thanks for a great challenge again. Loved doing it.


Adorable card! The soft sky tones make a perfect baby boy card. I have never tried the faux metal technique...I'm going to have to try it...thanks for the tips! ;-)


This is beautiful Erin and the faux metal if fantastic! I've given you an award....please see my blog for details.


great card, I will have give faux metal a go sometime.


Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog. Love your work and what a fantastic blog. Will be back again soon.
sue. x

Wendy - Anntaurus

Love the softness of the this card - a perfect new baby card!


So so pretty!!

Lori Stilger

Erin, I LOVE your hints. ROFL! It sounds like we could be dangerous if we stamped together. ;D
Have a blessed day!!!!

All Pink girl

Wow stunning card so sytlish ,love it ,Dawnx

Carolyn King

wonderful card. it is so elegant. LOVE faux stitching--it is awesome!


What a very pretty card!