We are going to continue our metal embossing today. Today is going to be a tough day. Depending on how much you stamp, there could be a lot of tracing and refining. If you need to, take breaks. Your wrists and hands will thank you for it.
For today, you’ll need to dig out…
- Your aluminum piece from yesterday.
- Stamps, any of your favorite images will work. Don’t use ones with words for your first design.
- Staz On or Archival Ink, any color is fine although a dark color is best.
- Paper Stump - or popsicle stick
- Refiner tool – or empty ball point pen
- Ball and Cup tool – or medium sized stylus
- Thin Mat - or mouse pad
- Acrylic Mat - or glass cutting mat
- Small Wheel Tool – I use the ones by Ten Seconds Studio but Merc Art makes some and there are even some that quilters use. This past Halloween we bought a pumpkin carving set and it had a wheel tool in it that will work too!
- Lightweight Spackle
Choose your stamp set and let’s start inking…
REMEMBER! When stamping on metal, use only a hard surface under your metal.
On the thin mat (mouse pad) with the refiner (ball point pen), place the waxed paper over the stamped on metal (this is optional) and trace the stamped lines. Be careful with close lines; remember you don’t want to ‘blur’ the lines. If you can leave out some lines on your image and keep the basic design, I would recommend for your first try. You can always add more detail in later if needed.
If you have some areas that have a lot of details, such as the trees in the above photo, consider just tracing the outside lines. The when you are on the front of the metal refining, add in some squiggly lines. The lines will be slightly debossed in to the metal, but it’ll add a little bit of texture to your design.
Now we need to protect our embossed design from being flattened by normal use.
When you are done, you should see mostly metal but you need to make sure that the puffed areas are mostly filled in. The piece above is still not completely done. You should make sure that any excess spackle is removed - even if you use your fingers to do it. The better your spackling job on the back, the better the finished piece will look!
Let the spackle dry completely. Tomorrow we will finish up with some painting!