Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Shopping Our Stash #145: Faux Sure!

Hello and welcome! We have a great challenge this week at SHOPPING OUR STASH! We'd like you to step out of your comfort zone and try your hand at a faux technique! There are tons of tutorials out there. A great place to look is Splitcoast Stampers. If you ask Mr. Google nicely, I'm sure he'd be happy to show you a boat load of videos. I had a hard time picking what I wanted to try first, mostly because I'm not a technique-y person, but finally decided on the Faux Northern Lights tutorial. I loved how Melissa's card looked and just couldn't wait to try it for myself. In her video, she uses all things Stampin' Up!, but I don't have anything SU!, so I improvised and used what I had on hand. (I made this using a mix of Distress Inks and Memento inks.)

(Disclaimer: this was my second attempt)

Here is the inside:

Notice that disclaimer? Yeah, this was my second attempt, and it turned out way better than my first try. And yes, you will get inky fingers with this technique. See?

There's that first attempt off the right edge of the picture. I didn't blend the colors as well as attempt #2. I still have it. I might try to save it and go over it again with more inks. It could happen. Anyway, I embossed the sentiment with Champagne EP, then decided I needed some gold on the frame around the main panel. I used a gold Gelly Roll pen to carefully trace around the embossed edge. On the inside I stamped another sentiment in black and the stars in gold, to further the sky theme on the front. At this point, Andy walked in to see what I was up to (no good, koff), and proclaimed this to be "THE best card I've EVER made!" After we stood there admiring my card for like 10 minutes, he had a great idea. Make one of the stars on the front a bit bigger, so that whomever receives this card can, in fact, wish upon that star, as the inside sentiment hints at. (Clearly he is a genius and that's one of the reasons why I married him!) To make it stand out a bit from the rest of the white stars, I used a silver Gelly Roll pen and made the wishing star slightly bigger than the white ones. Yep, me likey a lot!!

So, that's my story and I'm sticking with it. Thanks for hanging out with me until the end, and I really hope you try your hand at a faux technique. Don't forget to link up to SHOPPING OUR STASH so we can see what you created! Oh, and please check out what my teammies created - you will be amazed!!

Stay crafty my friends!

Stamps: Inkadinkado - tree stamp; Paper Smooches - Happy Birthday, Royal Cuteness
Inks: VersaMark; Memento - Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk, Dandelion; Ranger DI - Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers; Clear Snap - gold
CS: Bazzill (black); Darice (white)
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Labels 16 Nesties; Sakura - white, gold, & silver Gelly Roll pens; Stampendous - Champagne EP; heat gun
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares


  1. Awesome faux techniaue. Now another one on my list and I think your first attempt looked good too Fabulous card and what a great idea about the wishing on a star. Fabulous card!!!

  2. Gotta love when the mister not only admires your work but makes a great suggestion!! This is all kinds of awesome! Your card reminds me of camping up north and laying out on the grass looking at the Northern Lights....ahhhhhhh lovely!!!

  3. You did a fabulous job, Chris! I had not heard of this technique. So thanks for broadening my horizons. Beautifully executed!

  4. what an AWESOME technique, you're kind of making me want to try it, even! :) i love the wishing star, especially, what a cool addition!

  5. Your card is so wonderful! And yes hubby is a keeper fo'shure! I hadn't heard of this technique but you captured those northern lights so well... or from what I've seen of pictures of them.

  6. Absolutely Gorgeous!! The colors are so rich--just lovely! And Love the input your hubbie had--My eyes were actually drawn to that larger star in the sky :) Great creation!! XOXO-Shari

  7. Getting great suggestions from the mister is a rare & appreciated thing here :) I so love how this turned out - and if you can't get your first attempt to look the way you want, faux-faux patina over top will totally hide any imperfections. My experience tells me so ;) The inside is gorgeous too!

  8. I like your card BETTER than the tutorial one. It's so pretttttttty!

  9. This is PERFECT!! I love everything about it!! : ) I have seen the Northern Lights many times and girl! you aced it!!! : )


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