Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Faux Fresco

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a fun mixed media technique called Faux Fresco - be sure to click on the link to find out how this layered technique works!

I started by embossing a watercolor panel with a folder from Darice. I used Inktense Blocks for the initial coloring, since I knew they'd stay put after they were activated with water... I started with a dry rubbing over the embossed areas, then spritzed, let it dry a little and then added more color with another block. Here's what the panel looked like after that step:

After coloring, there's a layer of white acrylic paint added by scraping with a credit card, then clear embossing ink and powder is applied to the raised areas. The result is a beautiful faded fresco effect - I added some stamping with a text and crackle stamp just to add to the aged look.

I added a few accent stamps from my line at Impression Obsession (Sewing Ruler, Lg. Sew , Happy For You), and button dies as well. The lace border is one of my die designs - I sewed that onto the ruler border and pleated as I sewed.

Come give this one a try! Hope you're having a wonderful week. :)
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Dina, this is fabulous. Love all the details. Love the little measuring tape and button at the bottom!

  2. Beautiful vintage style faux fresco card Dina. I love how you used your designed products. You are so talented my friend. TFS

  3. Beautifully done Dina!!!
    Paper Hugs,