Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims

Howdy!  I can't believe we are already in June!  I am back today for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge hosted by the wonderfully talented Jenny.  She is challenging us with Embellishments, Trinkets, and Trims. 

She describes the challenge as:

"Linda sells a huge array of beautiful embellishments, trinkets and trims in her store, from metal filigree pieces and charms to buttons, laces and ribbons. They can be the important focal point on a project or the final finishing touches that complete it. However you wish to use them lets see those embellishments, trinkets and trims in action on your vintage or shabby chic entries."

I may know a little bit about embellishments, trinkets and trims. :)  I have a few different jars on my crafty shelves full of bits and bobs.    

If you go shopping at the Funkie Junkie Boutique you can see Linda has a fondness for pretty and fun embellishments.   I have quite a few of her beautiful embellishments in my collection and they are what inspired my tag! 

I knew I wanted to showcase the flowery embellishment and had these lovely oblong filigree pieces that coordinated.  I decided to layer them together.

 I first painted the silver filigree with white paint to give it a coat.  I wasn't sure where I was going with the colors but I painted the pieces.

While they were drying I decided to create an architectural background.  I took a piece of mixed media cardstock and cut it to the size of a tag. 

I smeared the surface with embossing paste.  I like to have a heavy coat for the technique I wanted to showcase.  I took a piece of tissue paper larger than the tag and laid it on top of the wet embossing paste.  I then inked up the stamp and pressed it into the embossing pasted and pushed down. 

This gives you a beautiful embossed effect by pushing the imprint into the wet embossing paste.  The beauty of it is your stamp stays clean and the image is imprinted.  I used black ink to add the detail but you could do this with now ink and just use the sprays to pool in the crevices for a softer effect.

After it dried I came back and spritzed the background with blue and antique linen distress sprays.  Once that was dry I was trying to decided what to do with my embellishments when I thought why not add a hint of gold highlights to my background.

That inspired the rest of this because I ended up spraying my painted filigree with amber distress oxide spray. I heat set the color and then I used the gold wax to smear a gold finish.  I painted the ball and chain with gold paint.  And painted a few other metal pieces to coordinate. 

I added splatters of white paint to the background to lighten the effect.  I found the gold sentiments and added them. 

The pink came from the flower I found in my embellishment jar which had a pink crystal in the center.  I decided to use that to add a series of pink crystals over the background of the tag.

The tissue paper inspiration came from the Vintage Journey's June challenge to use Tissue Paper.

Come join us in the fun at Frilly and Funkie! The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!



Antique Silver Filigree
Antique Silver Filigree Flowers
Metal Filigree Flowers
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste 
Ranger Distress Sprays - Antique LinenFossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers 
Ranger Archival Ink - Cobalt, Jet Black
Tissue Paper
Prima Farmhouse Ephemera 2
Prima Vintage Art Pebbles
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ball Chain
Prima Marketing Metallique Wax - Vintage Gold
Prima Marketing Sparks Acrylic Paint Unicorn Hair
Dina Wakely White Paint 
Dina Wakely White Gesso


  1. What stamp did you use for the background?

    1. Stampers Anonymous Architecture. :) Linda carries it at the Funkie Junkie Boutique at a good price!

  2. Such a fab tag Suzz x Love the background and the technique you used by placing the tissue paper over the embossing paste then stamping .... so clever x loving all the details I just wish I could see it as I bet it’s quite sparkly x great to have you hop on board with us for Astrids Tissue Paper Challenge at A Vintage Journey
    Best wishes
    Annie x

  3. Suzz, this is so very beautiful. I'm fascinated at the embossing paste/stamping technique and will have to give that a try. I love the flecks of white paint over that gorgeous rich background. It really is the perfect finishing touch. This is a beautiful way to showcase those lovely embellies. As always, I am inspired! xo

  4. Holy cow, Suzz! You could tip me over with a feather right now! I am speechless over that background, and I'm so happy you shared your technique. I just could figure out how you did this when I first spied your amazing tag. So the ink passes through the tissue?? CLEVER, clever you!

    This is the perfect way to show off those gorgeous altered embellishments! the jewels, the white splatter and touches of gold are all icing on this magnificent cake! Just Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this at A Vintage Journey, too! Hugs!

  5. That should be I COULDN'T figure out how you did this...

  6. LOVE that technique for stamping into paste Suzz!!! Ingenious!!! And the end results on your tag is truly breathtaking. The way the gold highlights pop against the intricate detail is perfect, and then you go make it even more stunning by layering up those filigree elements!!! I'm totally in awe xx

  7. Wow, what a stunning tag! The embellishments look Iso beautiful and I loved the tissue paper technique that you used, it adds a lovely dimension to the background stamping- amazing 😁. I may have to try this technique myself, thanks for the inspiration! Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey! Creative wishes! Jo x

  8. Oh my goodness, what an amazing project!! How I love what you did with the stamps first of all, such an amazing effect, and then what you have done with those embellisments looks super too! Thanks so much for added your project to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!

  9. Such an amazing technique with the paste/tissue paper/stamping - brilliant! I will definitely have to give that a go some time. That architecture stamp is becoming a firm favourite of mine and it looks spectacular here with the gilded trinkets swirling around. Fabulous!
    Alison x

  10. Such a Beautiful tag! I am fascinated by your tissue paper technique. What a great discovery Suz! I would love to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing your technique and for joining in with our challenge over at A Vintage Journey.Toni x

  11. Ohh VERY cool technique with the tissue and paste!

  12. So pretty and cool techniques!

  13. Should also have said thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey!
    Alison x

  14. Back to say congratulations on being one of the Pinworthy picks at A Vintage Journey! Yippee! Hugs!


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