Saturday, April 25, 2009

Faux Fresco Background (with Border Embossing folders)

More Mod Podge & wax paper! This weird little technique offers a way to get more mileage out of those adorable Cuttlebug border sets. The border folder I've used here is part of the Frills Embossing Folder Border Set.

Step 1)
Cut & wrinkle wax paper

Step 2) Cut cardstock & apply a good coat of Mod Podge Matte. It dries fairly fast, so working quickly is important.

Please note: It's a good idea to use an old brush (Mod Podge will wash off, if you get it asap, but it is hard on the brush)

Step 3) Smooth wax paper down while Mod Podge is still wet & sand

Step 4) Ink it up (I used Sahara Sand ink by Stampin' Up!)

Step 5) Sand the wet ink

Step 6) Sand it & ink some more

Step 7) Cuttlebug it with borders sideways. (I wasn't worried about lines since they added more shabby to the chic.) ;o)

Step 8)I nk the cuttlebugging. Any ink seems to work fine.

Step 9)
Sand it. Repeat inking & sanding, if you like.

Here's a close up of the texture:

Click if you wanna see it even closer. ;o) It looks kind of marble-y
in person. It's pure craziness how that Mod Podge really really holds the embossing deeply.

If you trim your piece to put on a card you can use the scraps too: one way to use 'em is to colour the scraps with alcohol/solvent inks to create a matching accent:

I coloured this piece with Brown Copic, Brown Stazon, & Stream alcohol ink. Messy, but fun! These two strips will be covered by that embossed ribbon on the right. (If you'd like to know how to emboss ribbon with no starch, pop by next post.) :O) This schtuff will morph into a finished card then. ;o) It took me all day & I ran out of sunlight to shoot it...

-->More ways to use those border
embossing folders here:

-->Other Mod Podge posts here:
Hope you are having a lovely lovely weekend!


Maggie said...

brilliant gleaning there grasshopper!!

SueB said...

It's a t'riffic tutorial Mel - TFS! I'll post again when I try it out!

Sue from Oregon said...

Goodness...every time you post I keep thinking...she must dream this stuff in her sleep LOL! I bet you do ha...

kim-paperbabe said...

Wow this is such fantastic info and creativity Mel, I will HAVE to try this thanks for inspiring, gorgeous texture ♥ HuGs Kim x

Cazzy said...

How do you think up your ideas Mel?

Thanks for this one, I may give it a go as it looks great.

Cazzy x

Emily said...

Great technique Mel! How do you even think these things up???

Anonymous said...


Christy Farneth-Kerr said...

Holy Cow!! I am going to have to try this one. You do have the best Ideas.
Thanks for sharing:)

Anonymous said...

I have to tell you: I LOVE your work. So detailed. Thanks so much for sharing them. -luiza

Pearl said...

I have so missed visiting your blog !

Thanks for sharing yet another fab technique , Mel !

I missed Donna Downey's Fabric Scrapbooking workshop here in Singapore this weekend so I think I'll comfort myself trying out some of your Gesso & Cuttlebugging techniques in the near future ! lol

Anonymous said...

Very cool technique Mel! TFS!

prob21 said...

as always YOU ROCK!!!
Love your creative spark and all great techniques you have been sharing on your blog.
I'm glad you got a Cricut Expression as a BD gift. From now on we will wait for more awesome crafts from you.
I'd like to suggest you to get Sure Cuts A Lot program you can be free to cut any design you like not only from the Cricut Cartridges.(no affiliations here).
Meanwhile you can take a look at:
and register in order to see how many crafters are sharing wonderful cut files.
Happy cutting,

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, Mel-a-Licious, this is w-a-y to kewl fer skewl!!

I gotta try this idea of yours; thanks for sharin', Kiddo!

Hope all is well with you?!?


Anonymous said...

Mel- I loved this so much I used it to make a mini birdhouse- and linked to your wonderful tutorial

Elena said...

Wow! This idea is terrific!
Thank you so much for showing it!

Erica said...

Just wanted ya to know that you enabled me more times than I care to count. the latest...I just ordered the Copic multi-liner pen and a Tim Holtz ruler. Recently, you have hooked me onto the Paper Temptress line of cs. It's awesome. I told her you sent me.
Hope she gives ya a discount. With your many recommmendations for products, I'm sure there will be more.

Nancy Ward said...


Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

Would you let me know if that's OK?


Nancy Ward

Angelnorth said...

Thank you Mel, lovely technique! I found it through one of DawnL's cards as she was featured stamper at SCS yesterday and I used it to make my "inspired by Dawn" card which is here at SCS if you'd like to see!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Genial! I love your wonderful Backround Ideas!

LongPtGirl said...

You have amazing techniques! Can't wait to see what else you create. Thanks!