Creating Kindness Design Team July blog hop - Mixed Media

After 6 weeks overseas it is lovely to be home and creating again. I did have a terrific time away though it went far too quickly! This month we welcome Valerie Perlin as our guest designer. For our July Creating Kindness Design Team blog hop the theme is mixed media. I always have way too many ideas swirling around in my head so after I calmed down I decided to revamp a technique that I tried years ago called Faux Ceramic. You can find the original idea here on Mel's blog.

It uses Gesso or white acrylic paint, embossed images, Stampin' Blends, sanding paper and clear embossing powder. I must say that my paint was a bit too old and I was short of time so my examples did not turn out as my previous goes at this technique did. Oh well! I had fun and know what not to do next time!

I have used the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder, Night of Navy Stampin' Blends to create my favourite sample. It was really hard to capture the ceramic effect with the camera.

The Basic steps to create a Faux Ceramic look are:
  1. Emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
  2. Colour the raised parts with Stampin' Blends.
  3. Smear over Gesso.
  4. Dry, then lightly sand Gesso from the raised parts.
  5. Wipe clean.
  6. Lightly run a Versamark pad over the top of the raised parts and clear emboss.
  7. Add a light wash of Crumb Cake to bring out design.
My video below will make more sense of these steps!

I actually thought that the multi coloured sample would look the best but it's a bit dodgy. Looks fab if you squint! I wanted to include it though (in hopes that it might grow on me!). In my video below I show you the type of embossing folder that will work better for this technique. You need one with more raised parts to each image.

I think this technique is better understood if you watch me do it in action so here is a short (for me!) video explaining how I made these. Once you check out my video make sure you follow the video hop to see what the rest of the team made.

Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team have whipped up for you. Next up you are off to the UK to visit the super creative Jay Soriano.


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  1. Fantastic, Lou! This is a new technique for me and you've shown a perfect example. Well done!

  2. I like the distressed look you've created with your layers of embossing, gesso and color.

  3. Wow I love your technique ! Thank you for sharing

  4. Wow Lou, what a fabulous technique. I can't wait to give it a go ... I have never heard of it before. Love this look. Thank you!! xxx

  5. Love this! Thank you so much for sharing this technique and making the video! I'm happy you're safely back home and I hope that Europe treated you well.

  6. You are too hard on yourself!!!!! your cards are lovely and the blue version really looks like a Delft tile :) I am definitely tempted to give this technique a go inspired by your beautiful creations ..... tfs

  7. WOW!!! This looks like a great technique Lou <3
    Cheers Shaz

  8. I saw your post on FB, and had to come see this technique! Love it, and the cards you created. A must try!

  9. Awesome technique Lou!! Love the flower cards and the leaves are gorgeous too....thanks so much for teaching us this technique xox Feel better honey xox

  10. I really like your cards (especially the navy one). This technique is new to me--can't wait to try it myself.

  11. Wow Lou, love this technique and your cards are fabulous!

  12. Hi Lou! I love learning new techniques, thanks for sharing. I’m so excited to stamp with you at Creating Kindness. Hugs.


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