Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Faux Metal Embossing

Hi, this is Candy and for my turn posting for Hobby Baby this month I am sharing a new technique (well, new to me at least) that I call faux metal embossing.

For this project, I used the Little Fancy Oval globe from Globecraft Memories. I did not use the top frame because I wanted more of the metal embossing to show through.

Here's how I did it:

First, I placed the frame in a Sizzix/Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot so it created the raised impressions.

Then, I inked the entire thing with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink using an ink applicator tool.

To add some depth, I went back in with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and with a dabber, added some additional color here and there.

Next it is time to add the "metal" ... I covered a brayer with Piccolo Enamel  Powder Adhesive and then ran the brayer over the frame, highlighting just the raised edges. Then, I sprinkled Copper Kettle Enamel Powder over the top. I used a dry paintbrush to brush off any enamel powder that stuck where it wasn't supposed to and then melted the powder with a heat gun.

After repeating that last step twice, this is the finished product. Doesn't it look like embossed metal?!

To finish off my project, I covered that back frame with Copper Kettle Enamel Powder and painted the easel black. I used brads to cover the alignment holes. The ribbon is from Maya Road, dyed to match the outfit my aunt is wearing in the photo. The flower is from Making Memories. I printed our names and the date of the photo on the computer, trimmed and inked them to match. Our names were attached with Black Foam Adhesive Squares to provide a bit more depth and definition.

By the way, the photo is of me and my dad's youngest sister. It was recently given to my mom by an aunt. Until then, we didn't know the photo existed, so it is a bit special.

Thanks for reading and I hope you try this new technique soon!
To encourage you, Globecraft Memories is offering a 25% discount on these and all of their products. Visit and use coupon code TS25 in the checkout.

1 comment:

  1. Candy, Levin 'it! While I've seen the same results...I've never had much luck...I like your brayer technique. Going to try that and see if my results improve. Great project!