Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Technique Tuesday: Turning paper into metal, new ornaments and a freebie

"Silver and gold, silver and gold. Ev'ryone wishes for silver and gold". Do you remember that song from the Rudolph movie? I can't get it out of my head so I decided to show you how to make your own silver and gold! Well sorta....I am going to show you how to turn your paper die cuts into silver and gold metal looking embellishments. I have mentioned this trick before and showed you the results of it on some items I've displayed on my blog in the past ...but....I never really gave you the directions on how exactly to do it...so now's the time! I wrote an article on this technique for a previous Paperthreads newsletter...so I figured sharing that article is the best way to show you that technique.

Download the turning paper into metal article PDF here.

Above are my most recent results upon trying this technique. I used yellow pigment ink on the die cut tree with about 4 layers of gold embossing powder. The ornament hook I used silver pigment ink and about 4 layers of silver embossing powder. The photo just doesn't look nearly as good as the real thing. Trust me you will just have to try this and be utterly amazed. When I hold this tree in my hand..it look exactly like a wire pin!

Oh and to give your metal a slightly aged look use some black or brown ink or rub in buff. One more tip..don't try to emboss the back side...you'll completely ruin the front....ask me how I know this..tee hee!

Above is a quick card I used the tree on. Psst..the gold dots on the word "JOY" are so simple to make...just squeeze out dots of glitter glue onto a non stick craft mat or the backing to stickers. Let dry then whenever you need to make a card and make it quick you are ready. Simply peel off the dried glitter glue dots and attach with a Quicky Glue Pen. No need to wait for the glitter glue to dry! Yeah! The card uses my newest file swirly ornaments...click the preview below if you'd like to purchase it.

Oh and the card base uses my monogram birthday card file. It is only available through my quarterly membership. Click the card preview below to purchase the membership.

Sue Shaff has been a busy bee again! She is ready to hog my blog..so away we go!

Just look at what an amazing job Sue did with my Year Round Flower Shaped Card file. I just love the wonderful shading on the pink one and the vibrant sparkles on the red one. I am always fascinated with how the change of paper and color can make one file look so different. If you don't have your Christmas cards mailed out yet then you may want to purchase this quick and easy file by clicking the preview below. (shhhhh my cards aren't ready either!)

Sue not only made Christmas cards with my files but she also made some home decor items. Check out the photo below to see what fabulous candle holders she made.

Take a look at the preview below to see what that little candle holder started out as. If you'd like to make your own...it is only available in my membership. So click below to purchase the membership. However, if you don't want to purchase the membership I have plenty of these type boxes in the store...snowflake box, flower box, a boxy collection.

Lastly, Sue found some time between card making and decorating to do a layout.

Sue used my Gotta have arrows file for this great layout. Click on the preview below if you'd like to purchase.

Okay now to what you really came to this blog for. The freebie! As promised as a parting gift for visiting my blog and sharing the technique with you I am giving you one swirly ornament. It will be gone in 24 hours so grab it before it disappears. Included in the zip is the AI, GSD, KNK, SVG, and WPC formats. Even though this file is free my TOU still applies. It is not to be shared please send them to my blog instead to download it themselves. Freebie expired..sorry!

I hope you are all enjoying the holidays! Come back again for my frugal Fridays $1.00 deal!


Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Blog Cutting Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 08 Dec [LA 02:00pm, NY 05:00pm, UK 10:00pm] - 09 Dec [OZ 09:00am]).

Laury said...

Shelly the ornament is amazing! I love the embossing.
Thank You

Jun Bug House said...

The Technique is awesome.
Once these holidays are over, I will go and in play with it.
Sue is doing an awesome job with your files and.......she makes cute kids.
Thanks for the freebie, it wasn't the only reason I came, but it sure was nice to get.

Tamara Bennett said...

this is beautiful! thank you! love the metal technique too!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the metal technique tutorial. I can't wait to try it out. And the swirl ornaments are gorgeous! I will definitely be buying the whole file. Thanks!!

Sue aka barracudasue said...

Shelly, I think I became a fan of yours when you posted in the Newsletter how to make paper look like metal and I've not left you since! LOL Thank you SO much for the freebie and you KNOW I'm going to have to run to the Store now and pick up the rest of those ornaments!!!!! ;) Your designs and techniques are quite amazing! You totally rock!

Caroline said...

What a great tutorial, thanks Shelly! Thankyou for the freebie as well

Margie said...

Beautiful freebie!Thank you!

cal8007 said...

Thanks Shelly, I will use the embossing technique.

Carmen L