Saturday, July 25, 2009

Metal Butterfly

I created this embossed butterfly by stamping the scroll butterfly stamp from Artistic Outpost's Happiness set using StazOn on the back of red craft metal. Then, using Ten Seconds Studio embossing tools, I went over the design with a stylus. Once I had it completely embossed & refined, I removed the red on the butterfly by carefully rubbing solvent stamp cleaner over the raised areas. This can create disaster if too much solvent touches any areas that should remain red.......try it very carefully! I added black acrylic paint to "antique" it rubbing it off the embossed areas.
The frame was cut out of black card stock with Labels Four and Curved Rectangles Spellbinders dies. Once I had it cut, I embossed it with the dies in place and a Butterfly Impressabilities. That created the embossed pattern and a nice embossed edge. I used metallic Rub-Ons (a product I've had for a very long time that seemed appropriate for this) over the embossed pattern. I actually started with red, then added pewter, then black & silver....... I couldn't decide what color I liked best!
The red mat was stamped repeatedly with the scroll butterfly and then cut with a larger Labels Four die. I distressed it a bit with Distress Black Soot.
I used the same Butterfly Impressabilities for the black mat. It's mounted on a light gray card with Black Soot applied to the edges.
Three silver cords are glued around the red mat with little silver brads at each end.
I think this would be a great addition to the front of a journal.........an idea that came to me after I had this card almost finished. Next time........
I hope this inspires you to try embossing one of your stamped images. You can easily use a stylus or even an empty bic pen to create the embossed lines. Place your metal over fun foam or even a magazine......something somewhat soft. Work from the back to make the raised lines on front. Outline them on the front to get nice crisp edges. Leave a comment or send me an email if you'd like more info..........

2 comments:

Shar said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Robyn Phelan Sharp said...

This is amazing...beautiful.