Sunday, January 29, 2012


I've been stalking Twitter the last few days looking for new ideas and sneak peeks of new products coming out at CHA Winter in Aneheim, CA. t!m's right hand man and faithful assistant Mario has been great about Tweeting BTS (Behind The Scenes) pics for those of us not fortunate enough to attend. He posted a couple of really cool things the other day showing what the people taking the classes t!m was teaching were getting to do. This is one idea that I tried to replicate here at home. A Faux Metal tag. For a change, I took pics while I was doing the project so I can explain what I did. It may not be exactly like the one they did in class, but I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out! I think I may have to go to Home Depot or Lowes and invest in some Aluminum Tape. I used Aluminum Foil and when I was trying to burnish it around the letters, it kept tearing on me. I think the Aluminum Tape would probably be stronger. So without any further fanfare, I bring you...Metal?

 On the right is the tag that the class created. They did 15 tags in total during Thursday's class.
 My tag. I found a chipboard tag in my stash and decided to use it. Used chipboard letters from various mfg's from my stash and the purple stuff is Magic Mesh. I've had it around for.ever!
 Cut out different size pieces of aluminum foil with my cutter.
 Used Claudine Helmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte to adhere the aluminum foil to the chipboard. Overlapped pieces so it was more dimensional.
 Used my embossing stylus to burnish around the letters and over the Magic Mesh to make them stand out better. Used the closed tip of a pen to make the "rivets." Necessity is the mother of invention!
 Once everything was covered, I used Claudine Hellmuth Studio Charcoal Black Acrylic Paint over the entire tag, making sure it got into all of the nooks and crannies really good.
 Then took Kleenex and quickly wiped off most of the paint.
Used Pearl Ex in Aztec Gold and Super Copper and using my finger, spread it on different areas of the tag and then wiped with a Kleenex.
 Showing some of the tag up close and personal!
One final shot. The Aztec Gold at the bottom was an experiment that I don't know if I'd try again. I swiped a bit of the Multi-Medium Matte and then followed with the Aztec Gold. It stuck! Which was kinda what I wanted it to do, but I think it's just a bit "too" Gold, but it was there and it was stuck and I couldn't get it off. I'll just call it a happy accident that I won't try again!


Debbie DP said...

wow. this tag has amazing detail. hope tim and mario see your tag.

anna christensen crafts said...

Wow Sue! This is fantastic, I love the step by step photo's - nice! That is one cool tag!

Anita Houston said...

AWESOME!!! This tag rocks and rolls...heavy metal!!! I love it, and I love the gold there too. It really looks like mixtures of metal with the cooper and silver, and gold...fantastic! Way to go to create something from one picture...very hard to do!