It's time to submit a card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #105. I managed to stick closer to the sketch than usual. This is a technique I've been wanting to try for a while. I first saw a tutorial HERE that explained stamping on metal and hand embossing the image and have been interested ever since. So here is my first stamping-on-metal card.
The flower image was stamped on the face of the metal in black Stazon ink then using a stylus, the flower was outlined. (Be sure the ink is dry.) I then turned the metal over on a piercing mat and using a paper stump and stylus I pushed the petals and leaves outward, emphasizing details on the leaves and flower petals. I added embossing paste to the back of the metal and allowed it to dry thoroughly. The paste keeps the flower and leaves from flattening.
Alcohol markers were used to add color to the flower and the leaves. Holes were pierced on the right edge of the metal piece then heavy baker's twine was laced through the holes. The metal was adhered to a piece of black cardstock. A piece of fun foam was adhered to the back of the black cardstock to pop up the floral image and provide dimension. That was adhered to the black card base with metallic DSP.
The inside of the card was lined with a piece of white cardstock stamped and heat embossed with flowers. The cascading sequins were added to balance the metallic elements on the card face. No sentiment was added in accordance with the sketch.
I found the most difficult part of this technique was preventing the metal from wrinkling. I kept having to burnish out the wrinkles with a bone folder but wrinkles remained.
Be sure to visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog for creative ideas and inspiration.
Techniques: Stamping on metal, hand embossing on metal, coloring, piercing, lacing
Products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Secret Garden stamp set
Ink: Stazon black ink, Spectrum Noir markers #DR3 and DG4
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Spellbinders Precious Metals
DSP: Birthday Bash
Other: Strawberry Slush heavy twine, piercing tool and mat, stylus, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Wow! Whirly Pop EP, Dreamweavers Embossing Paste, Fun Foam
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")