2 May 2019

Faux Cloisonné and Foiling

Hello there. Dusting off techniques continues on here today and this time it is the faux cloisonné technique with those fab roses from the Random Art of Kindness set by Visible Image.

So what is (or rather was)  faux cloisonné? Well, cloisonné is a French word meaning enclosed and it is actually an ancient metalworking technique where 'cells' or compartments were made by soldering silver or gold wires together, and then filling the compartments with coloured enamel. Sometimes gemstones also used to be enclosed. This technique was mainly used for jewellery.

I saw this faux cloisonne technique in a craft magazine a few years ago and I wrote it down in my 'Ideas and Inspiration' book so that I could try it in the future.  I thought that this would be a good time to give it a go.  The photos I've taken don't really do this card justice because the shine from the gloss and foil looks great with the sheen from the perfect pearls and those things are so hard to capture in a photograph. I hope that some of my photos get a little close though.

Here's how I made this card.

Don't get me wrong.....I love how this card turned out, however it does have flaws. I'll let you know exactly how I made this because I learnt some valuable lessons that I would change for the next time I try this technique. So I will share what I would do differently, but the flaws really add to this particular card so I am very happy with it.

First I followed the magazine instructions to the letter by clear embossing my rose images and quickly adding foil onto the  hot embossing powder, letting it cool for a few minutes before carefully removing the foil.

Lesson one: clear embossing powder is not the best thing to use because you can't keep all of the image hot enough to do a great transfer with the foil, so you need to do small sections at a time...but that means that sometimes all the embossing disappears into the card before it has been foiled. I remedied this when I foiled the sentiment on the front of the card by using WOW! Bonding powder - I recommend that!

Once the images were foiled I mixed some perfect pearl powder with a little water and painted within the enclosed compartments of the images. This mimics the enamel on the original metalwork technique.

Then I let the painting dry completely

I hope this photo shows how the foil shines and the perfect pearls have that lovely sheen.

So when the perfect pearls are dry, I added glossy accents on top of the perfect pearls. Here's where I learnt lesson 2. I just 'went for it' and tried to gloss every section at once, but the result was that some sections bled into each other, so in future I would either use my final thought (below), or make this card over several days and only gloss sections that are not adjacent to each day.

The other thing I did was to splatter the rest of the white card with the same colours of perfect pearls.

Okay, so here's a remedy for lesson one. When I came to foil the sentiment I was very worried about it as it is quite a large sentiment. But luckily I found the WOW! bonding powder that should be used with the WOW! foils. That worked an absolute treat! The bonding powder stays warmer than embossing powder so I managed to transfer the whole sentiment in a single action. I must say that the Kraft card stock I used has a slight texture on it and the foiling picked that up beautifully.

To make the foiling stand out a little better against the kraft colour I outlined the letters with a black pen.

So heading back to the inside again, I foiled the sentiment, again using the bonding powder.

I made sure that the card blank was cut away on the front so that the faux cloisonné roses would show.  When assembling the card I sandwiched a piece of acetate between two pieces of kraft card to make it a little more sturdy and it provides a 'window' to the faux cloisonné roses when the card is closed. I also added a string of pearls along the edge where the kraft card meets the acetate.

Final thoughts. 

Definitely get hold of some WOW! Bonding powder if you want to use foil for this technique. It is much easier to use than clear embossing powder and the results are stunning.

Although I love the wonderful shine of the foiling, I think that it would be much easier to mimic the faux cloisonné technique with simple metallic embossing powder. So next time I will use that instead. The other bonus of using embossing powder is that the raised properties of embossing powder would mean that the glossy accents would have a barrier between each section so it is less likely to run into each other.

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):


Other Supplies:

Versamark clear ink, WOW! clear embossing powder, WOW! bonding powder. WOW! fab foil (silver), Perfect Pearls powder (turquoise, berry twist, perfect copper), glossy accents, black Micron pen, string of adhesive pearls, white card, kraft card, acetate, paint brushes and water, heat tool.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps And More! #339 - CAS
Alphabet Challenge - C is for CAS
Crazy For Challenges C4C481 - Foiling
Crafting From The Heart 242 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #104 - Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges #36 - For Women And Girls
The Crafty Addicts #60 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 23 April - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges

I hope you like this technique and have enjoyed learning from my lessons and I hope it inspires you to try the technique too. Leave me a comment if you try it with embossing powder because I would love to see your makes. That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx


Doris P. said...

Wow! The technique is really stunning. I think, I will try this too. Thanks for joining us at Papercraft Challenge.

Megan J said...

Hi Sharon, a beautiful card with great photos of the process. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.. good luck in the prize draw.. Megan DT LPoCF

Dawn Phillips said...

What a beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge. Love Dawn x

Alex (PinkCraftyMama) said...

I also share what went wrong on my projects for the benefit of myself and readers so thank you for doing the same and I do love how it turned it in the end. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Regards, Alex aka PinkCraftyMama
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