Thursday, May 2, 2013


Today begins a four-post series I am calling “My Jewel Collection”.   While these cards involve mostly paper-crafting techniques instead of straight stamping, the results of this drop-dead gorgeous  inspiration from Susan Pickering Rothamel of USArtQuest are too stunning to overlook and can be used in many applications.  Take a look at the first one . . .

 I am so hoping that the camera doesn’t steal all of the gleam and shimmer the way it usually does.

Susan calls this method her “Faux Lace Technique”  and you can go here to see her demo this technique in a 7 minute video:  scroll down the video list on the right and it will appear about 6 videos down.  It’s fun, easy to do, takes mere minutes, and is practically fail-proof.  Her gorgeous mica products are perfect for this but any fine-to-chunky glitter-type embellishment you have in your stash – from subtle to glitzy – will work wonderfully.  And pull out that box of leafy gilding that you haven’t played with in years:  it’s perfect to use with the Faux Lace technique!

Full Disclosure:  I struggled the most with this card because I tried gilding the lily by adding some gold mini beads in the corners.  This was manifestly the wrong thing to do.  So I covered them up with textured corners instead.  Not my finest hour, and these are fussier than this background deserved . . .

Stick with me, folks – it does get better!

Cardstock:         Bazzill Lagoon, Generic Black
Stamps:              Starving Artistamp “Nurture”
Inks:                    ColorBox Gold, Marvy Marker Gold
Emb Powder:    Ranger Gold
Dies/Punches:   Marianne Creatibles LRO156 (Flower & Leaf), Wplus9 Banner Trio,
                               Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco B
Doo Dads:          Various colors of Judikins Rox, USArtQuest Perfect FX, GildenGlitz

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