Thursday, January 22, 2009

Copper Tree

I recently saw a technique demonstrated on Scrapbook Memories TV using a Dreamweaver stencil and embossing paste. Then she used glue and metal leaf to create a beautiful card. I had to try the technique! It's kind of messy, but produces a beautiful result. Here are the steps for the embossing and leafing: 1. Tape the tree stencil onto the dark colored card stock. Tape out all of the edges with removable tape to keep the paste from smearing onto the edges of the paper. Now spread the embossing paste onto the stencil. You spread it on thickly, and scrape away the extra with a flat blade. Put it back in the jar - you can keep using it over and over. 2. In approximately 45-60 minutes, the paste will be dry. Reposition the clean stencil back on the pasted design and use a glue pad to apply glue to the exposed image. 3. Lay the metal leafing gently on top of the gold pasted tree design and tap it on with your finger. 4. Burnish the leafing with a stencil brush and don’t be afraid to brush hard, because this process will remove all the little ragged edges of the excess leafing around the embossed edges. Catch the excess pieces and save them in a container - these can be used again. The webpage for the TV show is great, by the way! Every project on every show is fully explained: http://www.scrapbookmemoriestv.com/projects/800/812_4.html. Here is my ingredient list:

Cardstock : Base: Night of Navy (SU!) 8 ½” x 5 ½” - scored at 4 ¼”; Mat layer: Metallic Copper paper (Wausau) - 4" x 5 ¼”; Image layer: Night of Navy (SU!) trimmed 4¾” x 5" Accessories : Dreamweaver stencil; Dreamweaver metallic copper embossing paste; paste applicator; The Essential Glue Pad (Tsukineko); metal leaf; stencil brush Thanks for stopping by!

7 comments:

hlm said...

What a beautiful card! hlm

Belle said...

Beautiful colors, beautiful design. A card that everybody would be proud to send to a family member or to a good friend.

a simple offering said...

love trees and copper. so pretty!!!

Gnome de Plume said...

Love the copper!

marcieposs said...

that copper tree is glorious! I LOVE IT!

Cooper Slay said...

Another one of you masterpieces, which we have come to expect of you.

EzySetup said...

All I can say is 'whoa!' That's impressive.

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