Monday, January 5, 2009

Technique Tuesday - Faux Metal

This is one of my favorite techniques. This is one of the very first techniques I learned way back before I ventured into scrapbooking!

You will need the following supplies:

Versamark pad, embossing powder, heat gun, stamp, sanding block and cardstock. I used the silver embossing powder but any metallic colour comes out beautifully.

Take a piece of paper the size that you want your metal piece to be (I used a 2" x 2" square) . Then put the entire piece of paper in the Versamark pad. You will need to move the piece around to make sure you cover the entire top of your card stock.

Cover your piece with embossing powder, shake off the excess and heat with the embossing gun. Don't worry about imperfections as they will only enhance your "metal" look. You may want to use your pokey tool (that is my technical name!!) to hold the paper so it doesn't fly away. Once you are done, lift the pokey and heat that spot to make the pinprick hole disappear.

Let your piece cool for about a minute. Then take your embossed piece and cover it again with Versamark and then the embossing powder. Continue to melt your powder with your embossing gun. Your powder is now going to be thicker on the cardstock. Repeat the step for a third time.

Place your stamp into the versamark pad before heating this final time. That allows the image to release easily and you won't have a problem with the image sticking.After you heat the powder for the third time place your stamp directly into the embossing powder. Be sure to press hard but carefully as it is easy for the stamp to slip.

The best part is if you don't like the image you can either reheat and try again or put it back into the Versamark and put more embossing powder on to add a new layer.

You now have the faux metal piece! I sanded mine of a bit of a weathered look ....stay tuned to see what I create with it! And please share yours!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I really love this effect. You are so talented.