Faux Cloisonné

As many of you know, the Drunken Stampers have been participating in a DT Throwdown at the Design Team Throwdown at the Smeared and Smudged Forum and this project was the result of Challenge #2, Faux Finishes. Chris, Jessi and I were sent to represent the Drunken Stampers.

After completing this project, I realized that it SOOOO works with the Inspiration Emporium too that I wanted to include this as a project for them as well! 🙂

I contemplated this challenge for some time, sure I could do a faux metal, faux sand, faux suede, faux wood (been there, done those and a few more)…I wanted to do something that I have never done before (I like a challenge that stretches my limits and that teaches something new and different). I came across a video on YouTube a while ago on how to do Faux Cloisonne by Rachel O that got me thinking. Well what’s Cloisonné, you ask?
According to wiki it is, “Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials.”
Wha?! Yeah, that’s what I said! LOL

Now, before you ask…yes, I’m going to do a tutorial this weekend on this (be sure to subscribe via email so you don’t miss it!) so I won’t be going into too much detail at this point but of course if you can’t wait there’s Rachel’s video tutorial who happens to be one of my fave artists 🙂


As I was assembling this card, it was looking a little stark below so I added some faux rusted gears. After I die cut the gears, I coloured it with Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain. Then I haphazardly inked them up with Distress Embossing Ink and added Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel but not with even coverage, splotchy. After heat setting, I went back and with Rusty Hinge then Walnut Stain Distress Stain to ink up the areas without embossing enamel. Wipe off the ink from the embossed areas with a baby wipe and you’re good to go! 😉


Overall, I was really pleased with how it all turned out and this is not the last time you’ll see this technique on the blog!!
Please check out Chris’ and Jessi’s work (no, really! You Gotta check out what they did too!! 😀 ), then vote for the Drunken Stampers in the DT Throwdown at the Design Team Throwdown at the Smeared and Smudged Forum until Friday midnight!

Don’t forget all the supplies I used is listed below and if you use the code: spikealicious for 10% off when you shop at Inspiration Emporium

Thanks for dropping in today!


Supplies I used: (plus others, Bronze Brilliance Ink and Steampunk Debutante from Graphic 45)

13 thoughts on “Faux Cloisonné

  1. Pingback: Design Team Throwdown at Smeared and Smudged ~ Challenge #2 | Drunken Stampers

  2. Fantastic …. so beautiful, i want to touch those wings and the rusty cogs are gorgeous… good luck in the throwdown.

  3. Hi Spike,

    Have voted, and I think donnastamps1971 said it all. I too love the wings. Well done gal. Looking forward to the tutorial

  4. Oh WoWza – this just knocks your socks off !! Those wings are just gorgeous 🙂 A fabulous project and I’d love to see it up close.
    IKE xx

  5. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! I love the technique you’ve used. Those wings are amazing and they bring the brickwork. the image and the cogs all together for a cohesive piece of art! Good luck in the throwdown 🙂

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