Wednesday, July 11, 2012

French Faux Patina

Happy Wednesday to you!  Here is another card we are doing at my techniques club this Friday.  The technique is called "faux patina", and I thought it would pair perfectly with the Artisitc Etchings stamp set.  This is a perfect technique for a masculine card.

To create the the faux patina, use a series of ink pads -- with a range of color from light to dark -- to sponge color onto an embossed neutral panel.  Add Crumb Cake ink to the inside front of the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, and emboss the white panel.  Sponge more Crumb Cake ink onto the panel to highlight the pattern a bit more.  Next, sponge Marina Mist ink on, rubbing fairly firmly over the pattern to really spread the color around.  Now, add some darker ink -- Always Artichoke -- to deepen the color a bit more.  Finally, add Early Espresso ink until you achieve the desired result.  Let panel dry a little, or use an embossing buddy to rub over the surface, then use a Versamark pad and just dab it here and there over your panel -- don't use too much Versamark!  Add embossing powder (pewter used here, but gold would also be pretty).  If you have too much powder sticking, remove some with a paint brush -- you don't want too much embossing powder, or your whole panel will be silver!  Emboss with a heat gun, and that's it!  This look would be amazing to create a little box for someone, or a tissue box cover for your bathroom or the background inside a frame with the Eiffle tower in the foreground -- lots of options!

I hope you'll try this at home! :)

Happy crafting!

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