Welcome to my April 2011 contribution to the Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz! It features one of my favorite images from the Waltzingmouse Celtic Heritage set, the cross. It reminds me of this beautiful gravestone cross at Glendalough, which I was fortunate enough to visit a number of years ago. Claire Brennan's interpretation of the celtic high cross is just perfect.
Here's my card:
It turns out that I love cloisonne enamels as well, so this card is a combination of those things. Here's how the central image was done:
The cross image was stamped on the back of 0.003" thick brass craft metal, using permanent Stazon ink. Then Pergamano burnishers were used with the brass resting on craft foam, to indent the outlines.
The brass is flipped over onto a piece of glass (needs to be a very hard work surface), and using a fine point burnisher, the edges of the indentations are burnished. This image shows the piece when the burnishing is done.
Not shown is a step where the back side is filled in with Liquitex modeling paste gel medium, to prevent the embossing from being crushed.
The low points in the embossed image are filled in with Sakura Souffle gel pens. These pens work great for this application because the ink runs and pools, then dries to a smooth finish. Looks just like enamels to me.
You can see another card I did in this same manner in my Splitcoast gallery, here. Anyone interested in doing this type of work should look into Magdalena Muldoon's book, "Metal Embossing Workshop." You can also go to her website and check out the supplies, videos, etc.
Other supplies used on this card:
The sentiment was a combination of two PTI sets, Autumn Abundance and Mega Mixed Messages.
Paper: Memory Box Jubilee 6x6 collection (background); PTI Stamper's Select white; Stampin Up Bashful Blue
Ink: Stazon Jet Black; Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin Up Bashful Blue
Embellishments: SU Pretties kit (pearl and flowers, inked with Bashful Blue)
Tools: Pergamano parchment craft embossing tools; Letraset Teflon burnisher; Spellbinders Labels 13, Petite Ovals Small, & Fancy Labels dies.
Thanks for looking, and enjoy the rest of the waltz!