Friday, 8 November 2013

Embossing fun

Before i show you anything today I have a couple of crafting friends who are in the Philippines, I am hoping you & your families are safe and sound. 
I am a huge lover of nature, and the weather is an amazing thing, but i think we quite often forget what mother nature is capable of, and it is sad that something so beautiful can take away people's lifes & homes. I am sure everyone on my blogger list is keeping everyone in the Philippines in their thoughts, and those that aren't can I please ask that you do x 


On to my make today, Now in my 15+ years of crafting one thing I have always loved is playing around with embossing powders/enamels etc, I was very lucky that hubby purchased me a meltpot can imagine..someone who loves embossing and a meltpot ! 
For those who haven't tried embossing...what are you waiting for !! 
My lovely friend Shary recently went to a craft fair and brought me back some goodies, including some lovely chipboard tags. 

Before i show you the finished tag I wanted to share with you about using your embossing powders to change the colour of a embellishment, in this case a birdcage charm.

Now there is nothing wrong with this colour, but i want it match some of my other embellishments. 

Take your item and you need to apply a layer of embossing I use Versamark, but there is lots of others on the market now, all work equally well. 
Firstly please excuse my well loved ink pad. 
I always use tweezers for this, and i always take the embellishment to the ink pad, make sure you push it well into the ink pad as you want the whole surface to have an even cover. 

Then using your embossing powder of choice (and holding your item with tweezers) sprinkle  over your embossing powder, Making sure you have a piece of paper underneath to catch all the excess and allow you to decanter any unused powder back into your pot. 

Now it doesn't look too pretty at this stage, but it will :) Now using your heat gun you need to heat your powder...PLEASE use tweezers & a heat proof mat, it will get extremely hot and will burn if you do not take precautions. 

Once heated you can apply another coat if needed, but i find with finer detailed items another coat isn't needed. 
And there you go, a pretty copper birdcage :) 
This technique can be applied to so many things, for my tags i used to on chipboard butterflies, but i have done it with so many different items, just remember to make sure the item can withstand high most plastic items i wouldn't try this with. Of course if you have a Melt Pot you can also dip the items. 
Now for the tag......

Really pleased with how it turned out, The "US" is a chipboard sticker that I didn't like the colour of, so I dipped it with my Melt Pot, and then brushed over the letters using Creative Expressions Wax. 

 This picture shows the birdcage embellishment, the bottle cap was done using Gilding flakes, book page & Melt pot. The Rose I have added Gold wax to the edges, The florish is a fab stamp from Creative Expressions. 

This one shows the height of the tag, the butterfly is a chipboard butterfly that i embossed using the earlier method. You can also see along the edge I have using Frantage. 

The Embellishment in this was dipped in my Melt Pot along with the "US" Chipboard sticker, I mixed Copper & Gold UTEE to get this effect. 

The butterfly is made using UTEE & a mould. The chicken wire "glass" was created using Clear UTEE in Melt Pot, and then  tipping over a rubber stamp. I then just broke the piece up. 

So there you go, I hope I have inspired you too have a play around with your embossing materials, the possibilities really are endless.....And so much fun ! 

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