Bienvenue, Bonjour & Happy Friday!! Does the title of today’s post have you intrigued? Well, today’s offering is my submission to A Vintage Journey’s ‘A Little bit French’ challenge. And let me tell you, I really have “a little bit of French” themed items in my crafting inventory to participate with! This truly was going to be a challenge for me, but here I go…
There’s no way I’m going to “craft-up” to what the DT members at A Vintage Journey created as inspiration, let alone the other designs the participants will be making, but I’m going for it anyways and have some fun! Now, where do I start with this one?
Ah-Yes, The Sentiment. It’s a quote from the ‘Cartmanland’ episode of South Park in season 5, episode 506. It’s such a funny and silly quote, I’ve just been dying to use it for something! (if you click on the above link, you’ll be taken to the episode–the quote happens near the end)
With the challenge at A Vintage Journey being ‘A Little bit French’ I pulled together all of the French themed things that I have on hand–which isn’t many. Challenge On!!
I love the white wash effect–This is going to come in handy for later.
This little boy & dog stamp is from Lost Coast Designs and is called George & Louis, but for all intents and purposes for this card–His name is Pierre! He got stamped on white stock with Jet Black Staz-On ink.
I fussy cut these little guys out with my finger knife, inked the edges with Black Soot DI and added a few ruby red self-adhesive rhinestones to puppy’s collar. I set this aside for later assembly…
I want a two-toned background for Pierre and his pup, so I’m using Picket Fence and Black Soot DP’s on a piece of manila stock.
I rubbed Black Soot DP over half of the manila stock, spritzed with water and held in my hand and flicked the stock down, so I could get those drips started. While the drippy streaks were forming, I dried with my heat tool.
I did the same with Picket Fence DP on the other half.
I distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.
I ran this painted panel through my Big Shot machine using my fleur de lis embossing folder. Hey–That’s French!! 😉
Staying with the black & white color theme…I’m going to experiment with the chalkboard technique on the Black Soot side of the embossed panel.
I carefully heat set with my embossing gun so not to over-heat the Frosted Crystals embossing powder. The finish needs to be matte and rough for this technique to be successful…
It worked! I used a very light hand when I rubbed the chalk over the raised fleur de lis pattern. I didn’t want to press too hard and knock any of the embossed texture down.
After chalking the black soot side of the panel, I inked the picket fence side with Black Soot DI. Tre happy with how this fleur de lis panel turned out 🙂
I downloaded the font I used for the sentiment from fontspace.com. It’s a great resource for all kinds of awesome fonts–this one is called ‘Frosting for Breakfast’ and I printed the sentiment on both white card stock and vellum. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to treat the words.
This font is called ‘Fleur de Lys’. I wanted to use this as some kind of cool embellishment strip…but how?
….I layered the words printed on vellum on top of the fleur de lys strips that were printed on the white stock. I adhered the pieces together with multi-medium and cut to size. All of the edges were inked in Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.
A few final tweaks to the kraft resist card base—Oh how I LOVE my splatter brush and water spots!
I used Black Soot DP and my splatter brush to create the splotches of paint–I stood up and flung the brush at the stock this time and achieved those bigger paint splats. Then, I spritzed and flicked some water to give me my beloved water spots!
I applied thin strips of Sketchbook tissue tape to some of the raised portions of the embossed panel–a little more French for the challenge theme 🙂
I glued everything together and down with matte multi-medium and Pierre and pup where adhered with foam squares.
Voila! Fini! Maybe not the Frenchiest themed piece on the block, but–I don’t care, said Pierre!!!! 🙂
Have a great rest of your Friday–I’ve got a couple more challenge pieces to get in before next Friday, so, you may hear from me again before the weekend is finished. Thanks for Stopping By!! Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari
SUPPLIES I USED:
Surfaces: Manila Stock; Vellum; White Stock (Papertrey Ink); Kraft Resist (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
- Stamp: George & Louis (Lost Coast Designs)
- Distress Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko); Watermark Resist Ink (Ranger); Embossing Powder (Ranger); Chalk (Crayola)
- Metal Embellishment (Prima); Self-Adhesive Rhinestones (mfg unk)
- Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Double-Back Tape (3M); Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studio); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars)