I tried something new today.....the copper technique. I found this technique through the talented Loll Thompson at Stamping with Loll
. She has made several gorgeous cards using this technique. She also gives wonderful instructions on her blog about what kind of copper to buy and other tips concerning heating the copper to get pretty pinks, oranges, and blues.
I bought my copper from Hobby Lobby (ordered online) and it is from a company called K&S Engineering. It is soft copper-.005 thick-36 gauge. It cuts really well with scissors. I have read several ways crafters heated theirs but my husband heated mine with his industrial Makita heat gun. It gets hot so I was a bit afraid to try it. I had some pretty blues in mine but not on this piece. If it gets overheated, it turns to silver.
This copper embosses beautifully and this die cut did great. I tried a much more intricate die cut first and it would not cut all the pieces. I used the Grand Calibur which cuts my intricate dies really well but couldn't get the most intricate one to cut with copper.
I made my card for the Mix60 mix-ability challenge on Splitcoaststampers. I am loving mixed media so much...fun, fun. The challenge was: The Printed Word-incorporate printed text from old book, newsprint, etc. I just used a piece of designer paper with words on it. I placed a Tim Holtz stencil over it and sprayed with Tattered Angels glimmer mist/Dragonfly.
Challenges: Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog
-challenge #128-INKS--I used Tattered Angels glimmer mist, Dragonfly
Tip Top Tuesday-
Metal or Faux Metal-I'm using copper that has been heated with a heat gun
My tip for the Tip Top Tuesday challenge: Never leave your craft heating tool plugged in after using. I left mine plugged and it fell off a chair and landed on the "on" switch and starting running. There were papers nearby that could have overheated had I not been close.
Paper-PTI white cardstock, Bazzill/Robin's Egg, Kraft, MME paper pad/Sunshine
Accessories-Taylored Expressions/Bless Your Nest-bird die, Tim Holtz/Bubble Layering Stencil, Marianne Creatables/Forest Branch, Spellbinders/Bird Sanctuary-birdcage, Tattered Angels glimmer mist/Dragonfly