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And now, back to today's challenge...
Faux Enamel / Heat embossing on metal
I was playing around with an embellishment for a card recently, using heat-embossing with heavy foil, and it reminded me so much of enamelling that I have called it Faux Enamel. Enamelling was one of the many things my dad tried out over the years, and I still have some of the pieces he made., including a lovely little Moomintroll saucer; and he made my mother a lovely pendant based on a Max Ernst drawing.
I thought that we could try this for the TLC this week!
You can use several different supplies for this - I'm attaching samples with various combinations.
Mostly I use the heavy foil roasting-tins/pie dishes when I need good strong foil for die-cutting.
Pop/soda cans will work well too - I didn't have one around to try for this since we don't drink any, but I've successfully die-cut them before with Bigz dies. Just take care not to cut yourself on an edge if you try this!
If you don't have either of these - I made a couple of samples by sticking regular kitchen foil to a piece of cereal box, and die-cutting that. That worked perfectly well.
: Diecut your chosen shape.
: If you wish to dry-emboss it for texture, do this step now - the smaller bird and flower, in my examples.
You can stamp on it at this stage, like my larger bird.
: Add colour!
In my samples, the stamped feathers and the big pink flower were coloured with alcohol inks; Sharpies or Copics will work perfectly too.
You can use rub-on colour like Inka Gold or Treasure Wax. In theory, there's nothing to stop you using paint if you wish - experiment away!!
If you need to add more stamping - this is when to do it. My big pink flower and the feathers were stamped at this stage.
: This is the heat-embossing stage.
If you've used heavy foil or pop cans, you don't even need Versamark. Once you pre-heat your diecut piece with your heat gun, you can just sprinkle embossing powder over it/ dip it into your container without any ink. I use a crocodile clip on a wooden handle (from my box of chalks) for holding it
However, if you've used regular kitchen foil over card, I think you should probably use Versmark - that's what I did. It won't get as hot as the metal on its own does.
(For my stamped feathers, I coloured the foil with alcohol inks, then stamped with Versafine because I couldn't get a good image with my rather old StazOn . That meant I had to emboss straight away with clear EP so that the stamping didn't smudge, and after that I used Versamark to coat the whole feather and continued to build up layers of embossing powder
Build up about three layers of either regular clear EP or UTEE. Then if you wish you can sprinkle some Perfect Pearls over the top layer and melt them in - or glitter.
: If you wish to add definition to the edges, or details like the eyes on the birds, do this now. I used a Sharpie for the flower edges, and black Enamel Accents for the eyes.
I also made a feather using just coloured embossing powders. You can see that on my sample.
I hope you'll have fun trying this out. When you've made your faux enamel piece, or tried heat embossing on foil, and made a card incorporating it, be sure to come back and share the link to your upload here!
Here is a link to our Faux Enamel Gallery ~ TLC 487
Here's a link to the card I made as a sample for this challenge: Faux Enamel Flowers
are two cards I made earlier.
If you're not sure how to link your card on the thread here, here's how .
1. Open 2 windows or tabs: one window for your card and one for this thread.
2. In this thread, click on reply and type anything you want to show before the link.
3. Go to your card window. Highlight the address for your card. (It says www. splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto..... and so on)
4. Click EDIT. Click COPY
5. Go back to this thread. Click PASTE.