The first tag showcases the Marcasite Technique on the Blue Fern Studios chipboard that looks like a door knocker from the Ironworks Accent collection.
I hope I can inspire you to try out this Marcasite technique to use on some of your BFS chipboard pieces. It is really quite effective on chipboard and renders a jewel like quality. The technique is easy to apply.
Here are pictures of the Blue Fern Studios chipboard pieces I have used.
Here’s how I obtained the look of Marcasite on the door knocker chipboard.
1) Apply an acrylic gold metallic paint, or an metallic ink from a stamp pad, to your chipboard and let it dry.
2) Visualize where you want to apply your Marcasite application to rest and apply either (a) a liquid pearl product, or (b) an application of glitter in small dots, or (c) add self-adhesive pearls or rhinestones on your pattern, and allow any wet product to dry thoroughly before continuing on to the next step. I alternated an application of a liquid pearl product and a glitter dot on my first example.
3) Use a small paint brush and dip it in a dark grey, black or vertigris colored mist and apply the mist with your paint brush all around your pearls/rhinestones/glitter dot design and set to dry. Wipe up any excess mist that may get on to other areas of the chipboard that are not in alignment with your Marcasite design. You may need to apply another coat for more drama because the acrylic metallic paint may produce a resistance. If this happens, then try a watered down black acrylic paint on your paint brush instead of the colored mist.
4) Once the mist or paint has dried, use a moistened Q-tip to clean off the mist or paint on the pearls/rhinestones so that the radiance of the pearl/rhinestones show through.
5) Then using your fingers, apply an ivory/gold metallic paste or paint around the edges of the Marcasite technique to bring back the radiance of the original gold metallic paint application. This last application really shows up well in the door knock chipboard tag featured below because there was more surface space available on that particular chipboard design.