Saturday, August 23, 2008

More Embossed Copper

Answer to a question about the copper used on the embossed bird & grass card:

I used copper foil tape on a piece of card stock. Copper tape is not easy to find. I searched on Ebay to find it. The same results can be achieved by using copper craft foil which is easier to find. Fond Memories sells packages of assorted color foils. I would suggest using a Xyron to apply adhesive to it, stick it to a piece of cardstock & then emboss it. Trim it to size before embossing. Cutting the embossed areas afterwards will flatten the design.

Another option is to use a piece of 36 ga copper sheeting. Fond Memories sells sheets of it that are about 8.5 x 11. It's also available in craft stores on rolls. I thought I should try a piece before I suggested it to anyone else. I cut it to size, easily done with a scissor. Just don't use your best one as it will eventually dull the blades. (Tip: I use a $ store scissor exclusively for metal. It works great!) I positioned it in the Cuttlebug embossing folder. It was so easy to see through the folder to align the copper to emboss the part of the image that I wanted. I don't have the Cuttlebug so I used my Wizard by Spellbinders to emboss it. I believe the results will be the same in the Cuttlebug. It embossed beautifully!

I did heat the copper to get the different colors. My heat gun is quite hot so I used it to heat the the copper. As it heats, it changes colors going from gold to pink to blue to silver & back again. It took a long time to get it to change colors. I suggest a torch for quicker results. Put the copper on a ceramic tile or hold it with a tweezer or pliers as it gets very hot.

I painted it with black acrylic, allowed it dry slightly & then buffed the paint off the raised portions with a paper towel. I mounted it on black & then rusty red papers. The leaves pattern seemed made for the Graphic 45 paper! I used a Rust Adirondack marker to change the color of the gold brads to match the copper. This close up photo shows the colors of the copper -------}

If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave a comment.