Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 6 Tim Inspired Christmas ATC

The ATC on the left was made with the enameled metal embossing technique Tim Holtz used in his Day 6 Tag. Wanted to compare the look of metal enameling (on the left) with alcohol inks on metal (on the right).
 I was given some strips of flashing tape that is a little wider than 2-1/2",  I adhered this tape to glossy card stock and embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Painted the embossed flashing tape with acrylic paints. I liked Tim's suggestion of heat setting after each color, this prevents blending of colors.
 Sand the raised areas.
 Dabbed walnut stain Distress ink over the entire surface, coated with clear embossing powder and heat set.
 These metal embellishments were done as followed. The one on the left was done the same as the technique above over a burnished gold appearing charm. The one on the right was done with alcohol inks over a burnished silver appearing charm.
 Painted edges of ATC with black acrylic paint. Before attaching the charm to the atc, colored the edges with black acrylic paint. Added red ribbon and 3 red "pearls".  Has the look of an old vintage enamel metal piece.
 I used the same colors of alcohol ink as the acrylic paints above. A couple of years ago Tim Holtz mentioned a great technique for painting on alcohol inks. Place colors of choice into a plastic palette. Fill a water brush with blending solution (this water brush is now only for blending solution). Dip the brush into a color of alcohol ink and paint where desired. Brush water brush on scrap paper to clean color and dip into next color and continue painting. Tim said the alcohol can be revitalized whenever you want to used it again. I hadn't used some of these colors in well over a year, and it worked like a charm!
 Sanded off raised area.
 Added alcohol ink painted charm. This technique is great if you want a bright shiny card!


Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

You are a smart cookie! Wished I would have thought of alcohol ink! Your cards are gorgeous and festively bright!!!

studio pashnada said...

I like that you showed the two different looks. I think I have to get that Cuttlebug folder - I've seen it on other tags too.
Thanks for sharing this

Sherrill Graff owner said...

thank you for including your links to this page on your blog. What a fun technique. You made it look easy. Sherrill Graff istmpnv@aol.com