Wednesday, 18 September 2013

A touch of metal - Karen

Karen's approach to metal is embossing and filling to give a lovely 3D effect. Perfect technique with those Crafty Individuals elephants. 
You would never guess, looking at this stamp image that you can create the sample below, would you? Well done Karen, it's nice to see a different approach for a stamp set.

Using Crafty Individuals stamp - Sweet Elephants and Swirl - I stamped the elephant part onto a metal sheet using Archival Jet Black Ink and dried it with a heat gun.  
Make sure you let it cool down before handling it.
I put the sheet onto some foam and went around the lines with a pointed tool.  
I then turned the sheet over and went around the inside of the lines with a paper stump.  
Turned again (right side) and went around the outside edges with the paper stamp.  
You should now have a raised elephant.  
Turn over and fill in the indentations with Glossy Accents (you could use Grunge Paste too) and cover with a scrap piece of paper/card. 
Leave to dry, preferably overnight.

Meanwhile, using PaperArtsy Fresco Paints, colour the canvas using fingers and brushes till you are happy.  Stencil some Squid Ink through the Tando Creative Dotted Star in some areas and thread rub some Treasure Gold Silver roughly around the edges.  Cut around the elephants and attach.  I also added a die cut strip of metal.

Karen used
Woodware Metal Sheet - Silver
Crafty Individuals Stamp - 351 - Sweet Elephants and Swirl
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints - Squid Ink, Beach Hut, Pumpkin Soup and Very Berry
Tando Mask: Dotted Star
Shapeabilities Lace Doily Accents
Treasure Gold - Silver
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black

 See you tomorrow


  1. Fantastic. I wanted to do this technique the other evening and couldn't remember the particulars. Thanks for the refresher and I love your canvas. The elephants are amazing.

  2. What a brilliant use of that elephant! Fabulous xx

  3. Totally fabulous Karen the elephants look happy little elephants in their new home love it!


  4. Really clever, and so, SO BEAUTIFUL !!! Coco xxx

  5. Great technique Karen. Such wonderful results too


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