Stamping on Metal
by Starla Nelson
Learn how to stamp on metal.
- Thin mat, or piece of suede
- Acrylic mat
- Metal Sheet (Ten Second Studio used here)
- Refiner (metal or plastic) or stylus
- Paper stumps
- Stazon™ Ink (Metallic Gold used here)
- Lightweight spackling or embossing metal backing paste
- Strong double sided adhesive
Stamp image onto the front of the metal using Stazon™ Ink. Let dry.
Heat set with heat gun to speed up drying. WARNING: METAL WILL GET GET VERY HOT!
Place metal, image side up, on acrylic mat. Using the refiner or stylus, trace around the stamped image
Turn the metal over to the back side and place on the thin mat or piece of suede. Use the paper stump to "puff" out the metal between the outlines of your image.
Still working on the backside of the metal on the thin mat, use the refiner or stylus to detail the outline of the image even more.
Remove the the thin mat and replace with the acrylic mat. Working on the front side of the metal, use the paper stump to flatten the metal around the embossed image. You can use the refiner or stylus along the edges of the image to refine the detail even more.
To prevent the puffed image from being flattened, fill the backside of the image with the spackling paste or embossing metal backing paste. If using the spackling, make sure you remove the excess spackling by sanding off the extra spackle around the outside of the image after the paste has dried.
Apply the strong double sided adhesive to the back side of the metal.
Adhere to your project.