Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Rose by Any Other Name...

...is a Stampendous! Jumbo Cling Rose!  When I first saw this stamp, I just about swooned!  I know that sounds crazy to some but I was bitten and smitten and could hardly wait to get some ink on my very own!  I've done a few other cards with it but I had not done any of the new "Fran-tage"-style cards with the cool embossing powders and chunkier style glass glitters.  Well, I decided it was about time to "Fran-tage" it!  Here's the image after stamping it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Classic Crest paper and coloring it with Copics R81, R83, R85 and R89:


I have to say, I honestly thought the rose was quite pretty just on it's own but that is not what "Fran-tage" is all about.  No, Plain Jane is not Fran's idea of "Fran-tage" at all.  So, I picked out my papers and pulled out some of the new Stampendous! embossing powders, micas and glitters.  These were some of my selections pictured here:


I am so in love the new Basic Grey Kissing Booth paper and had been wanting to use it with this stamp from the first time I saw it.  I knew it would be perfect!  I was going to use all three designs but in the end I only used two, Truly and Sweet Nothings.  Dozen Roses went back on the shelf to wait for another day, another card! 

I picked out my Bazzill paper for the base and cut it down to a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square card.  I like doing that particular size as it's bigger than the standard A2 but not too big like a 6" x 6".  I cut my Sweet Nothings paper to a 5 3/8" x 5 3/8" square and slightly distressed the edge with my handy dandy Tim Holtz distressing tool.  I cut my Truly piece to 3" x 5 1/4" and distressed it too.  Using a spritzing bottle, I spritzed a little water on the upper right corner of the pink Sweet Nothings layer, rolled it with a wooden veggie skewer and dried it with my heat gun.  I went ahead and layered the two pieces of Basic Grey onto my Bazzill base.  Using a VersaMark stamp pad, I stamped the scrolled flourish stamp that comes with the set in the lower left corner and heat set some Stampendous! aged copper embossing enamel.  Of course it was beautiful, but it wasn't enough!  Oh, no!  This was calling for more, screaming for more!  I mixed up my own concoction of aged copper embossing enamel, aged silver embossing enamel, silver crushed glass glitter and gilded mica fragments.  It was like being back in preschool art class where you could have fun but the supplies were way cooler!  I felt like a little kid all over again.  To make my mix stick, I rubbed the corner of my VersaMark stamp pad on the paper, added my mixture and heat set it a little at a time.  The exposed upper right corner of the card was yelling for some, too, so I obliged.  I looked at my beautiful rose and knew  to really be "Fran-tage" it needed a little glitz of it's own.  This time I used my VersaMark marker and colored on the rose image in a few strategic spots, added some clear embossing powder, silver crushed glass glitter and voila!  Fran-tage!  For my finishing touch, I took some 6"-wide tulle and cut a piece about 8", twisted it in the middle, taped it to the back of the rose, added some pop-dots and layered my rose and tulle on the card.  Here's the final results:


I must say, I love how this card turned out.  I am totally in love with this technique and I already have my next card planned in my head.  Now it's time to enter this lovely card in the Stampendous! Blog monthly challenge.  This month is all about texture.  Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
Lea

6 comments:

  1. Lea, this is so, so pretty! What a beautiful rose...and you were right...it goes perfectly with Kissing Booth! And that delicious glitter and mica is stunning! I need some of that! Please visit my bloggy...I have a little surprise for you. :)

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  2. Your card turned ut beautifully! Love the rose paper layer that you frantaged and your coloring is awesome as always!

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  3. Wow Gorgeous Frantage effect and beautiful flower! Lovely!

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  4. Lea, this is just sooo beautiful. You've captured the Encrusted Jewel Technique just perfectly! Thanks so much for entering this in our challenge!

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