"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blue Fern Studios Chipboard (May Project-Tags)

I was so inspired by the colors in the Creative Imagination Devotion Collection that I used on the bargin bin journal I recently posted at Blue Fern Studios, that I decided to continue the collection and create some tags with some of the paper and color scheme.

The first tag showcases the Marcasite Technique on the Blue Fern Studios chipboard that looks like a door knocker from the Ironworks Accent collection.

Marcasite Technique

Embossing Technique

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.
Ironwork Accents

 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.


  1. Amazing tags! Packed with gorgeous details, colors, and techniques! Love them!

  2. wow love all of these Joyce, so striking and rich x

  3. Stunning tags and just love your quotes !!! beautiful work Joyce. xo

  4. Totally gobsmacked each time I see your techniques Joyce! I know how itty the chippie pieces are and to have achieved these fabulous effects just proves what a seasoned artist you are. I bow in awe, these are STUNNING!! xoxoxo

  5. Gorgeous tags!! I love the colors and the chipboards are stunning!

  6. Rich and elegant tags! Regal details! I'm now a follower!

  7. Wowza Joyce! Such stunning tags! Love all the texture and beautiful pieces! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. I don't tend to 'do' red Joyce, but wowser, your creations are beautiful ... very 'noice' indeed ... the lines of spots on that tag, what have you used.

  9. These are absolutely glorious - such fabulous texture and detailing... delicious trio!
    Alison x