November 25, 2012


I had seen several examples of a technique called Faux Cloisonne, and thought it would be a wonderful way to depict an elegant ornament on a Christmas card. Using random pages from
a magazine is the secret to this technique.

Cloisonne is a method of decorating metal objects. Design compartments are added to the
metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires. These compartments are then
filled in with enamel that is then kiln-fired, rendering the soldered compartments visible
in the finished piece. In ancient times, the technique was utilized in decorative pieces and jewelry. I have in my possession a few pieces of modern cloisonne in the form of necklace pendants and a pill box. It is lovely and elegant. For further information on cloisonne, you
can check here

Here are two examples of the card I created utilizing the Faux Cloisonne technique.

Even using such contrasting colored pages as black and red proves that each of the 
ornaments glows with its own special beauty. Any shiny page from a magazine is grist 
for the Faux Cloisonne mill. Or, for that matter, any combination of colors or patterns 
as long as it is subtle enough for the beautiful embossing to show. At times, I have 
thought I had chosen the perfect magazine image for my ornament, but after finishing,
it just didn't look as I had envisioned it. 

You can see here the closeups of both of the cards in my samples:

In my examples, I used the Stampin' Up! Pewter Embossing Powder and our Ornament 
A perfect combination, eh?

If you would like to create your own Faux Cloisonne Christmas cards, this is how I did 
my samples:

Baroque Motifs stamp set (unfortunately retired, but Stampin' Up! carries several swirly 
designs that would work admirably with this technique)

Whisper White Card Stock
Sahara Sand Card Stock

VersaMark Ink

Ornament Punch
Corner Rounder Punch
Big Shot
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Designer Frame Embossing Folder
Basic Rhinestones
Heat Tool
Pewter Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy
Early Espresso 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (retired)
Magazine pages

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Sahara Sand card stock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

Run a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot inside the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. A piece of 2 1/4" x 3" Whisper White card stock is also run through the Big Shot, but this time inside the Designer Frames Embossing Folder. Round the corners of this piece.

Adhere the smaller frame piece to a 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" piece of Sahara Sand card stock. Round the corners of the Sahara Sand piece also. Attach this larger piece to the embossed background, then to the card front.

Go through magazine pages, and select a colorful background that you think would make a wondrous ornament. 

Rub the Embossing Buddy over the portion of magazine page you have chosen. Stamp with the swirls from the Baroque Motifs (or your choice) in VersaMark. Sprinkle with Pewter Embossing Powder and heat to emboss. 

Use the Ornament Punch to punch out your ornament, choosing the most pleasing place in the swirls for your ornament. From a scrap of card stock, punch another ornament. Adhere these 
two ornament punches together to give the flimsy magazine page some stability. Attach to the center of the embossed frame with two Stampin' Dimensionals. Place a Basic Rhinestone onto your ornament.

Tie ribbon into a bow and attach it above the ornament with a Mini Glue Dot.

Although I didn't show the inside of my cards, rub the Embossing Buddy over the inside of the card and stamp a sentiment of your choice in VersaMark ink. Emboss with Pewter Embossing Powder. This just carries the elegance found on the front of the card throughout the greeting.

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  1. Just beautiful Linda!
    Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party!

    1. Thank you, Diana! And thanks for letting me link up! :>)

  2. That is beautiful! I have not heard of Cloisonne, but think it is just beautiful! I also love the raised background.

    Thank you for sharing this at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


    1. Thanks, Marti! Did you happen to check out any pictures of real cloisonne? :>)

  3. I love it! Looks like something I want to try. Thanks for always showing us how to do the techniques.

    1. Thanks, Christina! Do give it a try! It's easy and awesome. :>)

  4. Gorgeous!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    1. Thanks so much, Jill! And thank you for letting me link up! :>)

  5. Thanks for sharing!!! I'm now following you through GFC. I came from Sincerely Paula No Rules Linky ;)

    1. Thanks, Sparkle Cole, for following me! I so appreciate it! :>)

  6. wow! beautiful creations ~ lovely post ~ (A Creative Harbor ^_^)

  7. Beautiful as always! Thanks for sharing on "I Gotta Try That"

  8. And again Linda, your creativity is awesome. The embossed white makes the color pop...and I haven't tried using magazine pages for anything...hmmmm. Great cards. they turned out lovely!

    1. Thank you, Doni. You are so kind. If you do use magazine pages in anything you create, I would LOVE to see it! :>)

  9. I wanted to let you know this was featured at my site....they are so beautiful! You do such a great job.

    Here's the link if you would to see the post or if you would like an "I've Been Featured" button.... :)


    1. Thank you, Marti, both for your nice comment and for featuring me! I am honored. :>)

  10. elegant! thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo

    1. Elegant -- yes, that definitely does define faux cloisonne Thank you! And thanks for letting me link up. :>)

  11. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I can't wait to see what you share this week.

    1. Aw, thank you, Jamie! And I love linking up to All My Bloggy Friends -- thanks for letting me be one! :>)

  12. These are so beautiful! Perfect for Christmas!

  13. Thank you so much! Also, thanks for letting me link up to your EBTKS Link Party each week! :>)