Vintage Cameo with Mona Pendleton

Hi there! Mona Pendleton here to show you how to create a beautiful vintage cameo using the following products: stamps, dies and embossing enamel.


To begin, I stamped the female silhouette image on the coordinating die cut piece then applied Distress Ink tea dye around the perimeter:


Apply VersaMark ink to stamped cameo die cut piece, emboss using embossing enamel. Repeat step 4-6 times creating a thick layer of embossed enamel on cameo.


This is what your cameo should look like. Now, place cameo in the freezer for about 10 minutes.


Now, gently bend the embossed cameo until you have the desired crackled look that appeals to you.


To create ornate piece to frame your cameo, stamp the frame image using VersaMark ink on coordinating die cut piece, emboss using embossing enamel then apply Distress Ink tea dye around the perimeter.


Once I made the crackled cameo and frame, I used them as the focal point on my canvas and embellished with a variety of die cut flowers and foliage.


I love the beautiful vintage crackled aged effect that is achieved so easily with this technique. I hope you enjoyed my project and I hope I inspired you to create.

Supply list: Ranger Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad, Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits Framed Silhouettes Wafer Thin Die and Stamp Set, Ranger #10 Kraft Tags, Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Pad, Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel, Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Tattered Flower Garland Decorative Strip, Spellbinders Foliage, Bazzill Licorice Twist Cardstock, Tim Holtz Ideology Chit Chat Stickers, Tim Holtz District Market Burlap Panel, Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio Charcoal Black, Doodlebug Mini Brads Neutral, Prima Flowers Almanac 6 x 6 Paper Pad, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Tea Dye Brown Ink Pad


Mona’s cameo is so fantastic! I totally need to crack some embossing paste. Such a fabulous way to make your own vintage embellishments. Now, it is your turn!

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  1. Lovely vintage piece Mona, love your aged crackled cameo, beautifully framed too and your flowers are gorgeous. Tracy x

  2. Beautiful. Love the colour combination and the use of burlap. Thanks for sharing the technique.

  3. Very gorgeous cameo and card, I love the crackle on your cameo and its framing… Thank you for the great step-by-step! Coco x

  4. What a gorgeous canvas. That cameo and fame set is fabulous. Thank you for sharing the embossing technique. Love the vintage look.