Black Velvet

I made this piece a couple of months ago and it rekindled my love of embossing stencils and marked my first time using the embossing paste that was languishing in my stash.  It was all just an experiment but the effort was easier than I imagined and the results were eye catching.  From my stash I picked a Dreamweavers stencil and gold embossing paste.  I thought that velvet would make for a rich background to build a sample.  A test run on a small 4 x 4 square of velvet ended up perfect even though I was originally skeptical.  My next step was to do the final.  I followed the directions on the paste label which are little more than – lay down stencil, spread paste on like peanut butter, remove stencil and wash tools.  Um….I’m doin’ more of this. 

This all came about through a challenge to use art pieces as our inspiration.  One of my most vivid impressions of art are the pieces painted on black velvet sold by vendors on street corners.  As a military brat, I spent quite a bit of time in the Philippines and when we returned stateside you could always tell other families who had been there, because they had some kind of black velvet art in their household goods.  I thought the black velvet was kind of retro but it seems like I run into it even these days when we are in a touristy place.    

To finish the piece I picked up a very inexpensive frame from Walmart.  I adhered the embossed velvet to mat board, which I then backed with gold paper and mounted on a framed sized sheet of mat board also covered with velvet.  The glass was removed from the frame and the mounted piece inserted.  That’s it!

Piece Recipe:
Stamps:  None
Paper:  The  Paper Company – Gold Linen Weave
Ink:  None
Accessories:  Dreamweaver Gold Embossing Paste, Lynette Harlow Embossing Template, Ribbon, Frame

Here’s to hoping we’re all off to a great week!!

  • LeslyJune 16, 2009 - 1:02 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Linda S. in NEJune 16, 2009 - 1:51 am

    Wow, Becca!! Stunning is the word that comes to my mind.
    Linda S. in NEReplyCancel

  • Joyce across the pondJune 16, 2009 - 3:23 am

    Becca…this is simply stunning…..and you are a girl after my own heart….I too take the glass out of frames….love to be able to see (and touch!) the textures…I have two items unglazed…one a machine embroidery from 25 years ago which is as good as new (hoovered occasionally!) and another fabric backed collage which hangs in my hallway…no problem without glass at all.
    Thanks for sharing this, it is just so good to look at.

  • Joan FrickerJune 16, 2009 - 3:37 am

    Becca this is beautiful. And you make it sound so simple!!! Great job!


  • lois skiathitisJune 16, 2009 - 4:03 am

    Just beautiful Becca. I have done this technique with paper but never on Velvet. The results you got are stunning. TFS!!!:0)ReplyCancel

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  • Gigi EscalanteJune 16, 2009 - 5:51 am

    Becca, another beautiful design. Thanks for making sound easy enough to try on my own.ReplyCancel

  • beth UllmanJune 16, 2009 - 6:05 am

    Oh Becca now that is a piece of art it is gorgeous do you think velvet paper would work? Very simple but oh how elegant.ReplyCancel

  • Amy A. MontrealJune 16, 2009 - 6:15 am

    Absolutely gorogeous and I love black and gold, so elegant.
    You inspired me with this Again….Tks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Donna RinckelJune 16, 2009 - 6:23 am

    Wow! You never cease to amaze me. This is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Bev J.June 16, 2009 - 7:00 am

    The black and gold together is very striking. Beautiful work. tfsReplyCancel

  • Cathy MJune 16, 2009 - 7:30 am

    I love how the gold stands out against the deepness of the black velvet. Very elegant.

  • Tish SchneiderJune 16, 2009 - 7:32 am

    Wow, very elegant and stunning. You make it sound TOO easy!ReplyCancel

  • DianeJune 16, 2009 - 7:36 am

    Really. really eye catching.
    I just can’t get over how creative you are.
    Another piece of wonder work/art.


  • Carole MillerJune 16, 2009 - 7:54 am

    BEAUTIFUL It is so classic, I absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing. I need to get some velvet and try that.

  • JanineJune 16, 2009 - 9:50 am


  • Peggy MaierJune 16, 2009 - 10:16 am

    I agree with everyone who posted! Can’t think of anything else to say (you’re SO talented)!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya AppelJune 16, 2009 - 11:08 am


    This is beautiful!! I was thinking about doing a quilled piece with a black velvet background also!! I have a few stencils that I thought I might give a try at embossing paste since yours came out so awesome!ReplyCancel

  • SandeeJune 16, 2009 - 12:47 pm

    WOW! WOW! WOW!ReplyCancel

  • Linda BandowJune 16, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Who knew that something this eye-catching could be so simple. Of course, I may be singing a very different tune when I try it out myself. TFS!ReplyCancel

  • adelineJune 16, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    what a really nice and original project!ReplyCancel

  • Terri JacksonJune 16, 2009 - 2:24 pm

    Beautiful. Simple and elegant!ReplyCancel

  • ConnieJune 16, 2009 - 4:29 pm

    This is just so very striking and breathtaking, Becca…it just jumps off the computer!!ReplyCancel

  • sheenaJune 16, 2009 - 5:53 pm

    Wow Becca. This is exceptionally striking!ReplyCancel

  • NimueJune 16, 2009 - 8:00 pm

    Becca, I’ve got paste and stencils in the back of my cupboard. I think you might just be the push I needed to try this. Thanks – NimmyReplyCancel

  • Joan SwitalskiJune 16, 2009 - 8:13 pm

    Hi Becca! I just have to say that I’m so very happy that we have the same roots. Pinay ka rin pala! Your blog has always been the first one for me to visit and I always love your work ;) Thank you for sharing your talent which definitely inspires a lot I’m sure.ReplyCancel

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  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)June 17, 2009 - 12:43 am

    Wow Becca,

    This is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous!


    Lisa A.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerJune 17, 2009 - 7:24 am


  • BettyJune 17, 2009 - 8:38 am

    Becca, this is beautiful!!! It has been years since I tried the paste and it was in white not gold. This is very striking and amazing on the black velvet. It looks so crisp and clean. Beautifully done!!!ReplyCancel

  • Silke LedlowJune 17, 2009 - 9:52 am

    WOW – Becca – this frame looks awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy ShefferJune 17, 2009 - 9:59 am

    What a great look, Becca!!ReplyCancel

  • GloriaJune 17, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    I just wanted to let you know how much I admire your work. I love how you use your talents to praise the Lord. Your work is stunning. May God bless you today, and every day!ReplyCancel

  • MarionJune 17, 2009 - 3:24 pm

    Hi Becca love this! I’ve done this technique onto card but not onto velvet, going to give it a try.
    Marion UKReplyCancel

  • JudyJune 17, 2009 - 7:06 pm

    Wow! Absolutely beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • JenJune 17, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    {*Swoon*} I can see why you will do this again! WOW what a great effect!

    thank you for sharing !!ReplyCancel

  • LorelieJune 18, 2009 - 2:01 am

    Love how you used velvet…added a whole new ELEGANT spin to it!!ReplyCancel

  • Joan BJune 20, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    gorgeous, stunning, beautiful. words fail me!ReplyCancel