Thursday 28 January 2016

A Little Blue Bottle - Guest Desgner at Frilly and Funkie -'Enjoy your Embossing! '

Hi Everyone and Welcome 

Today I am a Guest designer over at Frilly and Funkie and I really am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to share a little of my creativity on such a prestigious blog.
The current theme is 'Enjoy your Embossing' chosen by the super talented Jenny and here's what she has to say:
'Make a vintage or shabby chic project of your choice and remember to include some embossing. Use your favourite embossing methods (wet, dry, heat, or any other techniques you want to share) - just enjoy your embossing!'

What a fabulous theme! Thanks Jenny for providing the ideal opportunity for me to finally alter one of the many glass bottles I have stashed away in my 'bottle bank'  using Wendy Vecchi's Faux Granite Technique . 

Choosing  one of my 'empties' did take a while ( I seem to have quite a stash!!) .......... but in the end I settled on an empty perfume bottle- isn't it cute ?

With respect to Wendy I won't go into detail about how to do her Faux Granite Technique as you can find Wendy's excellent tutorial here 
I used Sky Blue Archival Ink and Embossing powder to emboss the bottle - Be sure to keep in mind glass+heat = HOT, VERY HOT so work in stages to minimise the 'OUCHES' !!

To create the white specks I used Ranger Glacier White Pigment Ink Pad and a Speckle stamp from my stash. Once the embossing was dry and the bottle cooled down I applied Silver Gilding Wax to the bottle neck and base.

Though the bottle is cute enough to stand alone or have its original topper popped back on (which is fabulous in itself) the challenge theme is all about embossing so I created an embossed poinsettia using Tim Holtz Bigz Poinsettia die, a dot embossing folder and some dark blue card stock that has a subtle silvery shimmer to it .
Can you believe I bought this die a while ago and this is the first time I have used it!!!  
I highlighted the embossed pattern and caught the edges of the leaves with Silver Gilding Wax before shaping and adhering the layers together. 

I adhered a couple of hex nuts into the centre of the poinsetta and positioned a heart pin in place. I altered the pin using Silver Alcohol Ink by simply dripping the ink from the bottle. I love the textured effect it created. I placed a deep blue gem in the centre of the heart as a finishing touch.

Here are a few more photos of my altered embossed bottle. Hope you like it .

If you fancy joining in the current challenge there's still plenty of time to enter - just head over to Frilly and Funkie's blog  checkout the rules and then go have some fun 'enjoying your embossing!'
Huge thank's again to all the team at Frilly and Funkie for my Guest Design spot today - it has been a real priviledge and honour and is much appreciated . 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges 
( Tim Holtz poinsetta die bought new but used for the first time on this project ) 

Thanks too to all of you who have popped by today. I hope you have enjoyed your time here and leave inspired to create . 
Look forward to seeing you again soon 
Take care 
Amanda x


  1. Holy tamale, what a genius project Amanda!! LOVING the big topper you made, best use of Tim's poinsettia die EVER!!! The blues work so well for this original piece and the silver accents just take the cake!! LOVE IT!! Well done my friend, thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie as our Guest Designer. It's truly an honour! hugs :)

  2. What a fabulous embossed bottle Amanda! First off, great idea to use Wendy's granitewware technique. And then you take it one stage further and add that gorgeous embossed poinsettia, AND THEN you go that extra mile and add the hex nuts and heart decoration! Outstanding Amanda! I love it! Thank you for being our Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny xxx

  3. This is wonderful! I love the metal mixed with the faux granite technique. Re-purposing the perfume bottle was a great idea. Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Stunning, I so adore the dotty flower here, genius!

  5. What a fabulous guest piece, Amanda - I just love the finish you've achieved on the bottle itself, and the flower looks completely amazing on top - wow!
    Alison xx

  6. This is absolutely stunning project! What a genius idea to use the faux granite technique! What you did with that poinsettia die is brilliant!
    Thank you so much for joining in our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DTx

  7. Your project is divine! The faux granite embossing on the bottle is perfect, and your gilded Swiss dot poinsettia is amazing!

  8. What a totally fabulous guest piece Amanda! I love Wendy's faux granite technique, it always impresses but the addition of the metallic poinsettia makes is extra, extra special! Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Oops, so busy ogling I forgot to say thank you so much for joining in our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Anne xxx

  10. What a lovely creation...thx for your wonderful description/directions!

  11. Amanda your altered perfume bottle turned out just fabulous. It's awesome. And the pointsetta on top of it turned it into perfection. Such a lovely piece of art.
    Thank you for the great step-by-step and for sharing.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  12. Gorgeous work!!!
    Thank you so much for joining our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute!!!!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  13. amanda, huge congratulaitons on your GDT spot at Frilly and Funkie! It's great to see you there, and what a project you prepared for us! this is one beauty of an altered bottle, and the bottle is perfect for the metallic poinsettia topped with that incredible heart. No, I can't believe you've left your new die lying idle! It's one of my favorites, and you have just used it to it's greatest potential! So inspiring!

    Thank you for sharing this amazing artwork with us at Anything But Cute, too, for our Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New challenge, and for mentioning your new crafty goodie! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  14. this is absolutely amazing Amanda - I adore what you have done with that little bottle - truely inspirational - thanks for joining us at CVchallenges this month and good luck! Hugs rachel x


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