So I was at the ‘Craft4Crafters’ Show at the Bath and West Showground (UK) last weekend and I got a few bargains at the Stampendous stand. The most exciting of which were some Fran-tage embossing enamels:
I tried them out as soon as I got home. They are different to everything else I’ve tried. I found that heating with a heat tool from underneath worked the best. I went for chunkier stamps and each time I used them the effects were a bit different. They give a distressed kind of look that I love and I think they will be a great addition to backgrounds, especially when teamed with distress oxides or brushos.
Here are the chunky gold and silver powders. I love the thickness of the final look, like liquid metal. These examples were both just one layer of powder:
This is the aged spice (it’s hard to get a decent photo as the light reflects off it):
This is the aged black, which is actually a mix of grey, black and gold:
This is the shabby pink, it’s impossible to show in a photo, but it’s a lovely mix of pink and white with gold glitter:
You can also use it without an ink pad if you heat it underneath. You’d be better with a heat tool with a lower setting, but I managed with my powerful, blowy heat tool. This is what it looks like sprinkled on a brusho and rubber stamped background:
This is the aged black on a brusho background:
Whereas for this next one the brushos were added after the embossing enamel:
This post is just a taster really. I need to experiment more with using them on different surfaces and on die cuts and edges etc. To be continued…..
The stamps I’ve used are:
- Docrafts Urban Stamps – Craft Collections – Pastels
- Inkadinkado – Fluid Motion
- Ranger melt Art – Texture Treads – Graphic Gears
- Papermania Capsule – Geometric Neon