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Faux Brush Script- May Arts and Stampendous Hop


May Arts and Stampendous blog hop

Yayy!! I love blog hops, but you know what I don’t love… US customs. Yep, they really put the poop in party pooper. You see, the goods I was supposed to share with you guys today didn’t exactly make it here all in one piece.  They actually showed up in multiple pieces, all wrapped up in green tape like I let my 2 year old wrap the present, saying this package was inspected (but they really meant to say was cut open with a razor blade, drove over with our car, and given to our new puppy as a chew toy)!  Luckily, the folks over at Stampendous rock and have sent me some love before so I had some goodness on hand!

 There is this crazy rad fad in the scrapbooking world right now for brush script font. I shared a little taste of it in my 50 Crafty Girl Gifts post during the holidays. This awesome Canadian gal Kal Barteski paints these pieces of artwork, and is teaching a class at Studio Calico how to perfect this art form.

Kal Barteski print

But you know what? When I see something I want to try, I have to do it,

Right. That. Minute.

No time to take a class, shop for supplies, or wait around for Mr. Postman to deliver the goodies (that will hopefully arrive in one piece).

Nope, I have to round up whatI have and dive in. I had no such paints on hand so I resorted to what I did have –> hoards of embossing goodies!

Embossing tipsIf you’ve never embossed before you may want to check out this embossing tutorial. But it really isn’t all that difficult. To get thicker lines I used the side of the Versa Mark pen rather than the tip. I did two coats of powder to achieve the bold lines. After the first coat was cooled down I retraced the letters with the pen and sprinkled an additional layer of embossing powder. The bottom two photos shows 1st and 2nd coat. For the “paint splatters” I just let the marker do a little dance on the paper and drew a few messy circles!

Fake paint technique with embossing powderIt’s kinda ridiculously easy, and I had all the supplies on hand! But now that I wanted to add these fun cards to my Project Life album I need to add a bit of fancy…

May Arts ribbon Lace paper cardsI made this May Arts Ribbon Lace paper card, and adorned it with an embossed sequin heart. I shared a quick tutorial how to make lace paper cards here.

Faux brush script paint and lace paper project life cards via fynesdesigns.com

The basic neutral color scheme looks quite sharp eh?!

Embossed brush script project life cards

Thanks for joining me today for this quick faux brush script tutorial. You can bet I’ll be trying out the real deal when I get my hands on some supplies!

Comment here and any post along the way for a chance to WIN!

Prize: 1 spool of ribbon and a jumbo cling set and a handle from Stampendous. Check back to the May Arts Blog each day this week for fun, new projects! 3 prizes will be awarded!

Next stop on the hop route-

Shellye McDaniel

Thanks for visiting today!


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  1. Great project.

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  2. Great ideas! I’m amazed that you did all that free hand without stamps! Wow! Great look!

  3. Laura Strack says:

    Very cool Tutorials! Love that Faux Brush Script technique and the May Arts Ribbon Lace Card is darling!! You said you embossed the heart. Did you literately add embossing ink and powder, all over it? Thank you!!! Great Hop!

    1. I did! I only had gold hearts that didn’t quite work with the scheme, so I pressed it into the versa mark pad and then applied the embossing powder! Worked like a charm! Thanks for stopping by

  4. You did an excellent job without special supplies. It is always fun to improvise and come up with a finished project that is as good as the original idea. Loved the black and white. Makes it look very vintage.

  5. NWFlamingo says:

    Looks great! You did an awesome job with what you had on hand.

  6. This is such a beautiful layout and great ideas!

  7. Beautiful, beautiful work! I love how your recreated that look with the supplies you had on hand!

  8. barbara macaskill says:

    LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE that you did the Brush Script technique using versamark and embossing powders!! The finished product is quite eye-catching!! Love the neutral color palette also!! TFS!

  9. Great idea and very cute project. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. these are just amazing!!! awesome tutorial on embossing. i am always nervous when I do it. I just don’t want to screw up, but lots of great info. Layout is exceptional.

  11. Karen Hayes says:

    I love your work! thanks so much for sharing, these blog hops are very interesting!

  12. Very creative with limited supplies!

  13. Janet Mack says:

    I love to trying a new technique and this one looks like fun.

  14. Teresa Godines #6857 says:

    So pretty!!

  15. Fantastic! I really love the black and white combo and the embossed cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Kathleen Spaeth says:

    It is wonderful that you were able to duplicate the Brush Stroke Techniques with the supplies that you have at Home. I really like how you Embossed the Adhesive Heart, too. That was ingenious!

  17. Denise of Coffeeberry Cottage says:

    What fun! My first visit here but You all are having so much fun I’ll have to follow 🙂

  18. Carla Hundley says:

    How fun you made
    this look! Great
    use of your
    products on hand.
    Carla from Utah

  19. Scrappin' Diva - Cindy B says:

    Wow! This looks great! I may have to try this out. Thanks for the tutorial!

  20. You did a great job. Love this idea.

  21. TracyM #6773 says:

    WOW wow WOW

    Your cards look FUN & FABULOUS and when together on your page, they look AWESOME!!! SO MUCH for me to learn today:
    1st off, I had never heard of Versamark Pens … I will definitely be looking out for these
    2nd HOW COOL is your white embossing, I even have some powders out waiting for a workout, so you have given me a good push-a-long to get more adventurous 🙂
    3rd You heat embossed your sequin heart???? WOW – I would NEVER have thought of doing that … what a clever and wonderful way to always having perfectly matching elements. I might start with fairy steps and try it on some brads first.
    4th I confess that I had forgotten about making lace paper, so I appreciate your reminder and link

    THANK YOU for sharing your inspiration Virginia!!!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Tracy, I’m glad you’ll be able to put the tips to good use! You definitely need a Versa-mark pen it opens up so many possibilities, have fun creating!

  22. I want to try this! Looks so cool!

  23. I love your lace card. the sequin heart stole mine. so cute.

  24. Janis in ID says:

    This looks sooooo cool!! Thanks for sharing your technique!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  25. Wendy Leirmo says:

    this is so cool, love the lace

  26. This turned out spool awesome! You did a great blogpost and used your resources wisely!

  27. Very neat idea! I love how it turned out. Great tips. And I love the lace too. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  28. Barbara Swavely says:

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  29. It’s so beautiful, just wish I could take credit for giving you your creative smarts.

  30. Love your card. Thanks for showing!

  31. Beautiful. Love how this turned out.

  32. Claire Boyd says:

    This is stunning. I love the simplicity of the design & I have learnt so much. I have some gorgeous black & white photos of my son…. guess what I’m going to try !! ??

  33. Beatrice Lawson says:

    Gorgeous lace card! Too bad the crazy customs ruinele your package, but still you ended up creating a beauty!

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