Sunday, April 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps April Blog Waltz


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!


Cyndie

26 comments:

  1. An interesting way of making the cross, never heard that before. Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Easter

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  2. Gosh this is so beautiful and detailed. Great job. Happy Easter,
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  3. Lovely card and what an interesting technique.
    Trish x

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  4. This is wonderful Cyndie, I bet you do the double and win this week as well!! So beautiful.

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  5. Such an exquisite card. What a great technique you used for the cross. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Wow this is incredible and so creative!

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  7. Lovely card! What a fab technique :)
    Shaz x

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  8. WOW! WOW! I almost don't know what else to day! That cross is gorgeous, and your technique fabulous!

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  9. Wow!! Your cross is stunning!! And I love how you framed it and all the blues!!

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  10. Oh my - what a wonderful technique - your cross is just gorgeous - and looks so lovely inside the nestie framing!

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  11. Your cross is amazing, and does look just like enamel. A fantastic easter card, well done.

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  12. Awesome technique to show off the Celtic cross of Claire's! The colors you chose and the dies and papers are so appealing! Happy Easter.

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  13. what an amazing technique and card

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  14. BEAUTIFUL job! Thanks for the cool tutorial - I thought that was an actual charm you added rather than souffle pens on then sheet metal. VERY cool!

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  15. Gorgeous card Cyndie! Thanks for sharing how you created the cross!

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  16. Oh WOW!!! what a cool technique!! I've never seen this before!! And your card frames your beautiful work perfectly!! Thank you so much for waltzing with us!!

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  17. This is beautiful Cyndie. Such a creative and stunning technique. You did an outstanding job.

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  18. Completely lovely and so delicate.

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  19. This is a very nice card! Colors are great too..

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  20. Cyndie, thanks for sharing your technique and link. I recently took classes in metal embossing and am so excited about the possibilities. Your card is beautiful.

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  21. What a great technique, Cyndie! I love that beautiful turquoise!! Great job!

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  22. What an amazing card!! Thanks for the tutorial: I'll have to try it. It looks fantastic!!

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  23. Wow, wow, wow! Fabulous technique. Your card is lovely.

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  24. This is simply amazing! Great technique, thank you for sharing with us!

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  25. Stunning design and gorgeous card!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words.

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  26. Wow! What a great technique - I never would have thought to use the souffle pens on metal. Thanks for sharing!

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