Never Lose Your Shine: Encrusted Jewel Technique Mixed Media Layout

Scrapbook layout challenge - black cardstock background with stars, mixed media with heat embossed chipboard, mica flakes, glitter, blue fern studios chipboard, signo pen doodling, paint splatters, in gold, silver, black, and white with moon and stars using encrusted jewel technique from stampendous

Greetings friends! I'm in today to share a mixed media layout featuring a cool technique for creating ultra sparkly embellishments.

Let's Get Sketchy March 2017 sketch
I've been feeling lousy lately (and by lately I mean most of this month), so I've had this layout laying about for weeks, half finished and half starved.

I had this vague idea floating around about really sparkly stars in a night sky. Then I saw this sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and got that little spark I needed to create.

I was also inspired by the Paper Issues Working Title challenge: "Shine bright like a diamond and put a lil Bling On That Title...Think glossy foil, shiny pearls, sequins, rhinestones, sparkly dots and more! It's up to you how you chose to use the bling factor for your title." {oh, all right then...if I must}

And finally, The Studios Challenges wants us to use numbers! I added a little 6 to one of the stars (after looking up the date to figure out he was six months old when I took this photo). I also added the full date of when the actual photo was taken, something I don't normally do (not for any particular reason but because I usually have to look through my digital library to figure it out). So, thanks for that challenge; I really liked having the actual date and knowing how old my mini was at the time (otherwise I'm stuck guessing, and I'm always shockingly off).

Scrapbook layout challenge - black cardstock background with stars, mixed media with heat embossed chipboard, mica flakes, glitter, blue fern studios chipboard, signo pen doodling, paint splatters, in gold, silver, black, and white with moon and stars using encrusted jewel technique from stampendous
So when I finally got back into the scrap room, I had my plan in action. I chose plain black cardstock (I prefer Bazzill's textured cardstock; I like the canvas texture and it holds up well to mixed media), and gave it a splatter of Prima's white gesso mixed with a little bit of Liquitex Matte Medium (to make them a little less bright to resemble distant stars).

When that was dry, I added some larger, more purposeful droplets around the area where I wanted to affix my photo. I gave those drops the lightest dusting of glitter before they dried.

Once I was done with the background, I moved onto the chipboard stars. I wanted the end result of my stars to resemble Fran Seiford's encrusted jewel technique. Fran is the founder of Stampendous, maker of some of my favorite products. She created the encrusted jewel technique after one of those wonderful "happy accidents:"




Since I was using chipboard pieces and not paper, I played around with various techniques. I first heat-embossed all my stars with a layer of a silver embossing powder (by Blue Fern Studios).

Scrapbook layout challenge - black cardstock background with stars, mixed media with heat embossed chipboard, mica flakes, glitter, blue fern studios chipboard, signo pen doodling, paint splatters, in gold, silver, black, and white with moon and stars using encrusted jewel technique from stampendousSince I couldn't reheat the embossing enamel from below, I wasn't having much luck with getting my sparkly things to stick, so I used a thin layer of clear liquid glue (my favorite is Tombow) and gave all the stars a sprinkle of several colors of silver glitter.

Once that dried, I used a thick layer of glue and various sparkles like shaved ice, mica flakes, and a mix of glitters in a variety of textures. When that dried, I did another really thick layer of glue and another sprinkle of fine glitters.

TIP:  If you're working with chipboard and if you don't have heat embossing tools, just prep your chipboard with gesso before layering your glues and glitters. 

Scrapbook layout challenge - black cardstock background with stars, mixed media with heat embossed chipboard, mica flakes, glitter, blue fern studios chipboard, signo pen doodling, paint splatters, in gold, silver, black, and white with moon and stars using encrusted jewel technique from stampendous



One of my favorite little details was using Heidi Swapp's Magnolia Jane Gold Foil. You might not be able to see it that well in the photos, but I used little bits of it here and there and it is super shiny in person, like little supernovas. So beautiful!

Scrapbook layout challenge - black cardstock background with stars, mixed media with heat embossed chipboard, mica flakes, glitter, blue fern studios chipboard, signo pen doodling, paint splatters, in gold, silver, black, and white with moon and stars using encrusted jewel technique from stampendous


I added lots of glass glitter into moon and stars to add more texture and shine.

Scrapbook layout challenge - black cardstock background with stars, mixed media with heat embossed chipboard, mica flakes, glitter, blue fern studios chipboard, signo pen doodling, paint splatters, in gold, silver, black, and white with moon and stars using encrusted jewel technique from stampendous

I used a white Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Pen (which they also sell in silver, gold, and black and I highly recommend!) to doodle little stars and swirly star trails and write the journaling. I love how vivid it shows up, with a nice thick line you don't have to go over twice. I added some pearlescent watercolor paint to add a little movement to the stars.

Thanks to all of you who take the time to stop by and say hello. I appreciate your visit!

Products Used in This Layout


10 comments

  1. Carrie--this is gorgeous-you know (from sb.com) that I LOVE your work--and thanks for joining in at Let's Get Sketchy!

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    1. Thanks so much, Marci! You're such a dear! :)

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  2. This is sooooooo Beautiful!! thank you so much for joining us at LGS~

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  3. Carrie, all I can do is just smile!!!! this is one of the most fantastic layouts you've created yet!! WOW! Love how you created such movement with the swirls and especially the fading 'swipes'. These are beautiful shooting stars!! And Zae's smile is the icing on the cake! Phenomenal!!

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  4. Hello - I'm back! I'm in awe. There is so much feeling & emotion in this layout! WOW! You have so much to be proud of and it shows in your excellent, outstanding creativeness!

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  5. This is Amazing Carrie, I love the sparkly elements and your background is phenomenal! Thanks for joining us at LGS!!

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  6. Love your page and the stars are just stunning. Wonderful work. Thanks for joining in at Let's Get Sketchy this month

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  7. Love your take on this page! Thanks for joining us at LGS!!

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  8. Fantastic!Thank you for joining us at LGS!

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Thanks for all your kind comments!