Saturday, December 17, 2011

Jolly Old St. Nick

The Saturday Color Challenge is still going on over at the Stampendous Impressions Blog. The challenge is to make a card/project using brown, gold, cream and pink (you can use three of the colors if not all four).

My card uses another amazing stamp, St. Nick R128 by Stampendous. I colored the image using distress inks and an aquaflow brush and then decided to be adventuresome. Have you seen the great You Tube videos Fran Seiford has created about Fran’taging? I love how she adds a bit of this embossing powder and a bit of that mica fragments and comes up with something glorious. You know how much I love the Stampendous line of embossing powder so it was time to give fran’taging a try.

Guess what, fran’taging is easy! I swiped some VersaMark ink directly onto the edges of my card and then sprinkled different parts with either the Aged Gold Embossing Enamel or the Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel and then melted it with my heat tool. I was having so much fun playing with this technique I decided to take it a step further. When the Age Gold Embossing Enamel is melted it is a luscious, shiny gold but to give it texture I inked an embossing folder with VersaMark, reheated a gold area and then pressed it onto the folder. Pretty Cool, huh?

If you haven’t seen Fran’s videos, you can check them out here, and of course you can buy everything you need to fran’tage here at the Stampendous online store.

Please check out all of the inspiration at the following design team member’s blogs (a few have blog candy to give away today).

Taylor Usry
Pam Hornschu
Suzanne Czosek
Kristine Reynolds
Janelle Stollfus
Jennifer Ingle
Wendy Price

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Great vintage feel card. Love the tip about using the embossing folder! I've done it with stamps before, but not an EF.

  2. Fran-taging is SO much fun! I love the added embossing folder texture. I'll have to try it on my next project.

  3. yes - that tip about the embossing folder is cool!! must try that for sure!! beautiful card Melinda!

  4. Hi! I'm Ruthie Carlson and you made me a contact of yours on Flickr. I'm not really sure what that is but I love it:) Anyway I found your blog and LOVE it! You're amazing! I am an artist in Montgomery, AL and I do a little bit of everything. I'm an oil painter first and everything else in between next. I bought my first copic markers a couple of months ago and Love love love them. Anyway, in the middle of updating web site blog and shop but come see me. (holiday studio on flickr)
    You inspire me!