Saturday, October 31, 2020

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #172

Happy Halloween!!!  And whatdaknow?  October happens to have three Saturdays which means Edna has to work overtime this month. She's salaried so unfortunately she doesn't get overtime or holiday pay.  Maybe we should consider giving her a raise.

Her challenge this fortnight is X is for FauX which Edna is anything but.  Just sayin'.  

The definition of faux is as follows:

*  made in imitation; artificial.
*  not genuine; fake or false.

I decided to incorporate Faux into a technique which is often referred to as Faux Letterpress.  Traditional letterpress usually involves the use of a printing press and ink to create an impression into the paper.  My faux technique uses dye ink, an embossing folder and a die cutting machine.  You can see the results on the background of my card.

I began with the background.  I carefully inked up the inside of an embossing folder.  You want enough ink on the flat surface to get a good transfer while avoiding the depressed areas of the image, in this case, the Falalalas.  I then placed a panel of white cardstock inside the folder and then ran it through my die cutting machine.  The result was this beautiful panel of white raised lettering with a soft inked background which I set it aside while I worked on the rest of the card.  I created the red striped background by stamping a single three lined stamp one line at a time on a diagonal until the panel was covered.  It was a lot of work for something I basically covered up but I think the little bits that peek out were worth the effort.  I then stamped and Copic colored in my Grinch which I fussy cut after completion.  The sentiment was heat embossed in white onto the black cardstock strip.   

After photographing my card I realized that his hat and trim needed a bit of sparkle so I added a a layer of Stickles which you can see in this closeup.

This is definitely not the type of card that lends itself well to mass production but it was fun to make and I'm sure it will be fun to receive.  

Fun Stampers Journey - Falalala embossing folder
MFT - Striped background stamp
Riley & Co - Riley Grinch stamp and sentiment
Simon Says Stamp - Cloudy Sky ink (love this color!)
Distress Oxide - Candied Apple ink
Ellen Hutson - clear droplets

We invite you to Show Your Faux!!  And while at our blog be sure to admire the inspiration and leave some loving for my teamies.  Snark is always appreciated but not mandatory to play.

Stay safe and healthy my friends!  


Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!




  1. Wowsers Jules! LOVE that background... cool technique and thanks for sharing this!!! And your little Grinch is perfect!! Have a super week! ((HUGS)) Helen

  2. I have never tried this technique but it looks fantastic, awesome job on those stripes and the grinch and sentiment is perfect.

  3. Love your card, Jules! That's an embossing folder? Wow, Jo x

  4. Ohhhhhhh that is just a fab background!
    And I love the grinchy Riley of course :)

  5. This is fun! the faux letterpress looks really effective too.

  6. This is brilliant! I have never had much success with this technique, but you aced it! The moose-grinch is so much fun, too.