Thursday, June 02, 2011

Copper Oak Leaves

Today's challenge is "Ways to use it" (WT325) and it's all about Die-cuts.  I challenged myself to use a die-cut that I've had for ages and haven't used yet ... at least not the oak leaf (it's a set of four leaves).
When I think about using the leaves, I automatically think of the copper technique.  I cut out the oak leaf using my Big Shot and a copper sheet that my friend Lili gave to me.  I also punched out a medium oval from the copper sheet to use as a frame for my sentiment.  Then I heated the copper using a butane torch (I use my crème brulee torch ... it's small and easy to manage), until the copper starts to change color.  Beautiful!   Hope you like.
"Copper Oak Leaves"
Stamps:  Vintage Labels (SU!)
Paper:  Early Espresso (SU!); Copper cardstock
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Copper metal sheet .005 thickness (K&S Precision Metals), Sizzix Leaves #2 Die-cut, butane torch, copper wire, medium oval punch, small oval punch, Sizzix Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, Copper embossing powder, heat tool, sticky strips, glue dots and dimensionals
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I used the Sizzix die-cut and Big Shot to cut out two oak leaves from the copper sheet.  I also punched out a medium oval from the copper sheet.  I torched all the copper pieces until the colors changed.
I ran a piece of Early Espresso cardstock through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I then tore the embossed cardstock and mounted it on top of a piece of copper cardstock.

I cut three pieces of copper wire and wound them around the end of a small artist's paint brush to create a coiled look.  I used needle-nosed pliers to twist them together.  I placed the oak leaves' stems covering where the copper wire joined and glued it together using glue dots.  I added dimensionals and glue dots to the back of both leaves and mounted it onto the copper cardstock.

I punched out a small oval from Early Espresso cardstock, stamped and embossed the sentiment in copper and mounted it on the copper torched frame and adhered it to the card.


Geogramma said...

please share the guage copper sheet you used to emboss the oak leaves on you Sissix. Thanx

Loll said...

The copper sheets I use are 36 gauge (or 5 ml). Hope that helps. Loll xx