Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Faking It ... again!!!!

Good afternoon my crafty friends, and I do hope that this post finds you well and (if you're in the UK) enjoying the beautiful Spring weather we've got! If you've not got sunshine, let me know and I'll package some up and post it to you :oP !!!!!!!!! The start of the new term wasn't bad on Monday - as today's been my day off, I headed to the gym this morning and managed a 4km run on the "trotmill" before stretching out in a yoga class.

If you were here on Monday, you'll remember that the DT at Incy Wincy Designs are on a mission to find your best suggestions for making our projects look like a million dollars but safe in the knowledge that we only spent pence creating them as our challenge for you this week is Faux Techniques! Now if you need a bit of inspiration, why don't you head over to SplitCoast Stampers and have a look at some of the amazing tutorials their designers have come up with? 

This is my second project for this challenge, and I found this fan-tas-tic tutorial by Dina at SplitCoast Stampers for making a background look like embossed vintage tin ... however, I can assure you that nothing more than an old cereal bar packet, kitchen foil, PVA glue, acrylic paint, a die and an embossing folder were used to make this. 

Obviously, this effort deserves some reward doesn't it, and this week we've got 2 kind sponsors. This time I'm showcasing an image by Megan of Dilly Beans as I shared a project featuring an image by Emma Canning of  Flat Friends Boutique on Monday - to see that post, click here.

So, without further ado, here is my vintage-y project.

My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is a 9.9 cm square card from Kraft cardstock. I quite like making these smaller cards as they fit (opened out) into a regular DL sized envelope, and you can get 3 cards out of an A4 sheet.
  • Background - is a 8.9 cm piece of cereal bar packet onto which I stuck a sheet of kitchen foil using PVA glue. I then used my rolling pin (as I don't have a brayer) to ensure that the foil was stuck down. But I think I might have used a wee bit too much glue as the glue "seeped" (OK, more like flowed) out of ALL the edges and went over the rolling pin, kitchen side, me .... I'm sure you get the idea :oD ! Unlike me, you might want to watch the tutorial video on the above link first, before you get stuck in!!!!!!!! Once dry, I die cut a square from the foil/packaging sandwich using my largest Die'sire Essentials Squares die and then painted this with a coat of Pearl White Acrylic Paint. Once dry I ran this through my Embossalicious Spring Meadow folder (I got mine from Crafter's Companion, but they don't appear to be stocking it any more). I added a final touch by wiping some Dark Brown Craf-T Chalk over my tile with a finger tip, just to give a more aged appearance.
  • Image - is by Megan at Dilly Beans and is called Doodle Flower 3. I printed this up quite big (deliberately) and then tried to stick with a muted colour scheme by colouring it with my Spectrum Noir Pens in the colours listed, before fussy cutting it out and adhering it to the front of my "tin tile":
    • Flower - PP1, PP3, PP5
    • Leaves - DG2, DG3, DG4
    • Outline - BT1
  • Lace - is from my stash, and I think came from a local haberdashery store and I attached it to my card base so that the scalloped edge of the lace overhangs the side of the card.

I really like this card and am so pleased with the way this project turned out - think it could be one of those cards that goes in my box labelled "Never Give Away"!!!! Hope you like it too, and that I've inspired you to have a go at a Faux Technique yourself. Please check out the wonderful projects by my very clever teamies at Incy Wincy Designs and our challenge ends on Sunday 26th April 2015.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

That's it from me for today - hope you have a great evening!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. So very pretty, I love that gorgeous flower!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  2. Good for you on the gym/run/yoga front! Love your vintagey card too.

  3. This is gorgeous thanks for joining in with our Lace challenge xx Jan Fab n Funky DT

  4. sounds like a good day at the gym Helen - well done on the trotmill - I can't run on those things - well more than a mile that is - my boredom threshold just kicks in!!! Great project! Love it. Big hugs rachel x

  5. This is just so kewl looking :) Wtg on the run too hugs Nikki

  6. Gorgeous Helen beautiful colours and embossing, it's surprising what you can make with little cost and looking amazing too.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  7. Love the flower! Thanks so much for playing along at Catch The Bug!

  8. Fabulous flower and what a wonderful background you've made. Must try that technique. Thank you so much for joining our Flowers Challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

  9. Thanks so much for joining us in our April Bingo Challenge, I love your project and hope you will join us again very soon!

  10. Oh, nice faux technique! Wonderful background + beautiful flower=great card!

  11. A beautiful card…..even the background looks lacey! Thanks for sharing at Fab n Funky this week.

    Sharon x

  12. Gorgeous card. Love the background. Thanks for playing alon with us at Fab'n'Funky this week. hugs, Pat k x

  13. Beautiful - that flower is gorgeous and I love your background too.

    Thanks for joining us at Little Claire.

    Helen x


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