Tuesday 15 February 2022

CAS Mix Up Feb Reminder

Today is 15th of the month so time for a reminder post for our current challenge over at CAS Mix Up. This month we are using mixed media and Susan is our host. She wants us to create a faux cloisonne. I didn't know what that was so had to look it up:

cloisonné - work in which enamel, glass, or gemstones are separated by strips of flattened wire placed edgeways on a metal backing.

Susan's instructions say to use heat embossing on a magazine page to get the look, do hop over to the challenge blog to get more information.

I chose a magazine page with soft graded colours for this one and stamped and heat embossed the flower spray, then I mounted it on a piece of foiled paper and some handmade paper that I die cut with a scalloped edged die. I had to use my light box to take the photos (so dark here even in the middle of the day) and it has washed out the image a bit. The cardbase is pearlescent so it has quite a pretty shine in real life.

While searching for inspiration I found this on pinterest and decided that I would use it as my inspiration for a second card. This one doesn't use a magazine page but I thought it had the right look to it and it is supposed to be faux anyway.

This time to get the look I stamped and heat embossed the image in gold, using a background stamp, and then used metallic markers to colour it. I then die cut a circle from it and gold heat embossed the edge of the circle. I cut a slightly larger circle from some embossed gold card and mounted it on my card. I cut the happy birthday once from the same gold card, twice from scrap card and then stacked it.

I am quite pleased with the finished look and think this makes quite a good masculine card.                                                                                                             

I have used stamping, heat embossing and die cutting on both my cards.

You have until 24th to join us and don't forget to visit the blog to get more inspiration and some links to technique videos to help.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Card 1
Cardstock: Pearlescent card for the base; Handmade paper; Mat stack gold foil 6x6 paper; Magazine page
Stamps: Tonic Studios heartfelt coursage and matching die; Sentiment is by Uniko
Die: Create a Smile scalloped rectangles

Card 2
Cardstock: White stamping card; Hunky Dory adorable scorable mattastic card; gold embossed card
Ink: Versamark; Spectrum Noir metallic markers
Stamps: Whimsy Stamps, curly Q's background
Dies: Waffle Flower, nesting circles; Altenew, essential sentiment strips

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 


crafty-stamper said...

Both beautiful cards and love the embossed stamps you used
Carol x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Your interpretations about the faux cloisonné input are very pretty and I think they have both a Japanese look. I have never tried this technique. Love the designs, they are very elegant and yes, the second one seems perfect for masculine recipients.

Mac Mable said...

Thank you for the wonderful inspiration with both of your fabulous cards Hilary. The second one looks great with the dark card stock and shows off the technique really well Hilary x. Stormy weather coming this week so stay safe, warm and craft lots x.

Bonnie said...

Two fantastic faux cloisonné cards, Hilary! The soft gradient color works beautifully for the flowers and I love the texture in the background! The second design is fantastic with the metallic paint! Great job, my friend!

Loll said...

Two wonderful faux cloisonne cards, Hilary! LOVE the soft colours of your first card. So pretty and so calming. Your second card is fun with the circles of colours with gold. Great work!! xx

brenda said...

Both are really lovely Hilary, every time I look at your CAS cards and think brilliant and wish I was brave enough to take the first step.

B x

aussie aNNie said...

wowzer, great card, great colours and brilliant design...xx

Susan Joyce said...

Hi Hilary, Two beautiful designs and I love that you have been creative for the 2nd card. I received the first card yesterday, thanks so much it was lovely to receive it for my Birthday.

Linby said...

I think it was the 90s when I had some Cloisonne jewellery when it was all the rage! They are both so lovely but the second one really reminds me of the jewellery.

Brenda in IN said...

These are both lovely. Those soft colors on the first card are perfect for this technique and I like the pretty design of the second card.

conil said...

Love how the faux cloisonne looks with the foiling on your card. The juxtaposition with the rustic, handmade adds so much texture and enhances your focal point nicely.
Clever way you made your second card look like cloisonne. Wish I'd thought of using metallics. They look amazing in those swirly circles.

Christine Alexander said...

love both cards, great choice with the ombre colour for the flower and love your masculine circle card ♥

GerJanne said...

Hi Hilary,
both cards are beautiful. The second is my favorite! Such a delicate design and great idea with the gold embossing. It is very inspiring for me...

Greta said...

Beautiful cards, Hilary! I'm especially drawn to the 2nd one!

Cat Craig said...

I'm with Greta, both cards are lovely. The second one with the swirlies really grabbed my eye.

Leslie Miller said...

I noticed the pearlescent card base on your first card as I was admiring your design and the softly shaded cloisonne piece. I'm thinking it's not a bad idea to keep an eye out for glossy magazine pages and ads if they serve our card making so beautifully as this. I really love the look of your second card, too. A great stamp and, true, it's ideal for a masculine birthday.

nancy littrell said...

Thank you Hilary for sharing both your Gorgeous Faux Cloisonne CAS card designs, my friend. Your floral design using the glossy magazine photo is so pretty and love all the mixed media elements and papers. I agree, your 2nd more geometric CAS Faux Cloisonne card design is perfect for a guy card. TFS your beauties, Hilary. Love and Hugs..Nancy

Witchcrafted Life said...

Exquisitely beautiful interpretation of this classic jewelry design.

Your card is eye-catchingly elegant and just as pretty as pretty can be, dear Hilary.

Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

Linda said...

Two beautiful cards. Love the neutral shades on the first card, and I totally agree, the second one would be perfect for a guy. Two fabulous designs x

My Paper Epiphany said...

Another 2 fabulous designs! I love the matching envelopes too:)