Sunday, 27 February 2022

Mixed media faux cloisonné gerbera for Uniko's 10th birthday!

Dusted off the blog and hopefully I can get back into posting more often again, rather than just on Facebook and Instagram. Doing a blog post is a great reminder of how I made some of my cards and so useful to look back on in the future! 

Today I have made a card to celebrate Uniko's 10th birthday. I wanted to try out one of the faux cloisonné techniques I recently came across and knew I wanted to experiment with the fabulous gerbera set. 

Pure Florals: Gerbera (Uniko Studio)

For this card, I used the magazine technique. I found a large photo of some yellow Echinacea in a gardening magazine, which I cut out and adhered to a piece of 200gsm white cardstock. I stamped both flower images (one of them twice) and both sizes of the leaf stamp in embossing ink, carefully choosing which parts of the photo to use, embossed in gold and fussy cut. I did find that using glossy magazine paper made the embossing slightly brittle and very easy to chip off so I'm making a note to be very careful with it, especially when fussy cutting the images. 

For my background I used something I previously made in a Tracy Evans workshop by using alcohol inks in plain water and dipping lightweight cardstock into it. This piece was primarily blues, greens and yellows though I can't remember now the colours of inks that I used. I added interest with some blue Distress Oxide splatters, stamped the sentiment in blue and used my embossing ink pad and gold EP to add a border to the edge of the card. I arranged my flowers and leaves on the card gluing the leaves flat. The partially opened flower has just been raised in the middle with foam pads and glued at the edges, whilst the two big blooms were stuck on with foam pads. 

I love how this turned out but next time I want to try using my IndigoBlu Luscious pigment powders to paint the flowers as I think this will give a more realistic cloisonné effect.

Pure Florals: Gerbera (Uniko Studio)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Pure Florals: Gerbera, Simply Said Birthday (Uniko Studio)
Ink Pads: Stormy Sky (Distress Oxides), Cornflower Blue (Wendy Vecchi Archival - Ranger)
Embossing: WOW Embossing Pad, Gold embossing powder
Snippets: White cardstock (200gsm), Magazine paper, Alcohol inks

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

Many congratulations Bev, on reaching such a milestone birthday. It's no mean feat for a small company especially with all the crazy events of the past few years!

Thanks for visiting!

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