Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Copper Birthday


Hi everyone.  Back with another stenciled card using embossing paste - can't get enough of this technique! :)  Today I paired it with heated and die-cut copper for a masculine birthday card.

I discovered something by accident when making this.  I have very worn cutting plates for my Big Shot, and when I cut the copper, the back side took on the "design" of the cuts from my plate ... I loved the look - almost like a "hammered" metal.  I wanted that texture on the right side of my die-cut leaves, so I placed it back in my big shot, with the right side facing down on my worn cutting plate, placed the top cutting plate and ran it through.  This transferred the pattern ... and it totally flattened my sprig.  Awesome ... not only did I get the texture I wanted ... but all the sharp edges that I always worry about on my cards disappeared - a happy accident!  Then I just used my stylus and mat to add the dimension back into the leaves.

More about the card.  I masked off a strip on my stencil and filled with embossing paste.  Once dry, I mounted my copper sprig on top and added a small gray banner with an embossed sentiment.  Easy and fun card to make!

I'm entering this into the Less Is More Challenge (#156 - sketch).  Love this sketch!










Stamps:  Bitty Birthday (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Basic Gray (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Little Leaves die (Sizzix), Mini Cubist stencil (Crafter's Workshop), copper metal sheet .005 thickness (K&S Precision Metals), mini torch, white embossing powder, heat tool



32 comments:

Marianne said...

Wow, awesome card and a great take on the LIM sketch (still on my wish/to do list). I love the look of that copper sprig.

Jenny said...

Wow this is just awesome :0)

sandie said...

Loll this is my fav card ever by you! I adore this stencil look and it really looks awesome with the copper die cut-love it!

Lee-Anne said...

What a stunning card, Loll! Your happy accident is a work of art...love it!

Tracey McNeely said...

Loll the copper is magnificent!

OH Babs said...

Wow! One word - ELEGANT.

MaryH said...

May I just use Awesome one more time! Loved the happy accident technique that you discovered too. I think I have a few minutes right now, so I'm off to look at Lesson 1 video. (hope I'm not jinxing myself, and the phone will ring!). Loll this is so lovely and the recipient will go WOW! TFS & Hugs

Karen B said...

This is totally "wow" gorgeous Loll. Love how you found that your plates had transferred the pattern to your copper......now you know why my blog is called "Serendipity......."!

Karen x

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

I love your heated copper - it always looks soooo beautiful! This is no exception!

nancy littrell said...

Wow Loll....I am adding this stencil to my wishlist of stencils and eb paste :-) LOVE your faux hammered look to your gorgeous burnt copper leaves too. TFS and ALWAYS inspiring me my friend. Hugs, Nancy

Kim M said...

This is incredible!! Not only is your card design and interpretation of the sketch amazing but that copper die cut is fantastic! Love the dimpled, hammered look. Love it! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love that you are using your classes! Great card.

Karen D said...

Oh MY!! What a gorgeous card Loll. The stencil/paste and the copper....Amazing!

Valerie Nolan said...

WOW Loll, love the textured design and that stunning copper leaf!
Val x

JD/ Jill said...

Stunning card...so many ways you are inspiring me to use my stencils...

Susan said...

Fabulous card, Loll! Can't wait to try that copper diecutting! And I love the stencil you used - may have to buy that one!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'll be shocked if you don't win this one, Lolly. And I don't think this was a "happy accident" so much as it was your brilliant mind at work!! Amen. Hugs, Dolly

Becky said...

This is one stunning CAS card!

Nonni said...

Stunning card, Loll! The copper leaf is very beautiful and I love that paste -LIM sketch looks as it's best, your card is a winner if you ask me!

Cathy said...

Wow Loll! This is so beautiful, love the stencil, the geometric shape really sets off the beautiful copper leaf, Cathy x

Anonymous said...

Love the copper leaf and the little accident turned out to be a big wow ! I'm really enjoying the revival of the embossing paste especially when it is so beautifully presented .

Marie

shirley-bee said...

Love that embossed pattern - I may need that stencil! Love the geometrics against the natural shape, and I love how the copper turned out.

Gramma Sarah said...

Another WOW! Agree with Dolly . . . you are an artist extraordinaire! I now must go get some copper and start using it . . . thanks!

aufspapiergebracht said...

just great , wow.. Elisabeth

Bonnie said...

I love this copper work leaf! The "embossing" from your plates does a wonderful job! This makes such an elegant card!

Karen M said...

Your card is amazing loll - the embossing paste looks fab (love this stuff) and the leaf is gorgeous in copper:) hugs xx

Sue said...

Stunning card, the copper leaves and embossing paste look amazing, Loll! xxx

Huguenot Girl said...

Simply stunning card - love everything about it! Nicole

Laurie Unger said...

Wowza - this is stunning! I love it when we have happy accidents in the craft room, especially if they turn out like this!

Susan Joyce said...

Fabulous card Loll, love every design detail.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Hello, O Talented One! :) It's been a while since I came and said hello. LIfe, you know...gets in the way. LOL

This heated copper leaf is AMAZING, Loll. And that stenciled area....well, the two elements go so well together. Great guy card.

Daria said...

I love this card--the torched copper, the paste embossing, the design. Thank you for the tips. I need to try this one out.