Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Hi Everyone! Holly here, with a technique I first learned back in the early 90's.
It's called Faux Copper Enamel, and it was presented on Aleene's Creative Living show. How's that for a blast from the past?
There's a long drying time for this one, so you need to be a day ahead of when you want to use it.
Here's what I did~
Using SPELLBINDERS NESTIBILITIES STARS die set, I cut two each of three different sized stars, then glued each pair together. This made them a little sturdier, then I placed them on a craft stick with double-sided tape wrapped around them. This gave me something to hang on to.
Onto waxed paper, I poured out puddles of ALEENE'S TACKY GLUE , then added a drop or two of acrylic craft paint, then stirred them together. The white also requires white paint, or it will dry clear.
Using the same toothpick that it was mixed with, I applied the white glue/paint mix to the star, covering the whole surface. Then, added blue glue/paint mix here and there.
Then I pushed and pulled the glue/paint mix around using a pin, cleaning off the tip between pulls. If there wasn't enough mixture on the star, to fill in the trough left by the pin, I simply added more of the white or blue glue/paint mix. It only took tiny amounts to fill in, then I swirled through with the pin again, stopping when I was pleased with the look.
I did the same with the two remaining stars, changing to a different colour of blue, for each one. Once I finished the three stars, I set them aside to dry. These took about eight hours. Drying times will vary with different conditions, such as the size of each piece, and the humidity. Once dry, I brushed on a thick layer of  DIAMOND GLAZE, and again, set them aside to dry.
This shows the beautiful design.
Before attaching to the card, I used a silver marker on the edge. The double layer of card stock helped give enough surface to draw the pen along.
To complete this card, I embossed a blue card stock mat using SPELLBINDERS M-BOSSABILITIES and glued it to the white card base. I stamped IF I HAD A STAR with JET BLACK ARCHIVAL INK, onto white card stock, then die-cut around it using SPELLBINDERS MARVELOUS SQUARES. I used the next size up die from the same set, to cut out the navy card stock mat. These were layered, then attached to the card. The faux enamel stars were added using foam squares.
I hope you try this technique, but I warn you- it's addicting!
Thank you for stopping by today and Happy April!


  1. I definitely will try this technique! How fun and the results are so neat!

  2. It looks fantastic. The instructions are easy to follow. Thanks for another winner, Holly!

  3. Wonderful. This is one technique I've never come across. Thanks a bunch. Will give it a go. BIG GRIN Have a great day

  4. Looks like a fund technique, will have to try this. Could also be used with an egg shape for easter, hey?

  5. What a great technique! I love this sentiment.

  6. Most definitely going to try this technique!! Love the effect that it creates!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Lovely card, great technique for making sweet DIY embellishments!

  8. What a lovely technique. I am going to try this. Love the results. Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. Love the card! I never knew you could use Tacky Glue like that. I guess I never realized how versatile it was. I'm going to have to try it. Thanks for the idea :)

  10. This is a technique I intend to try this week. Thanks.

  11. thanks for sharing Your project is lovely!


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