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Thursday, October 18

CRAFT Challenge: Use Metal

Sharing a card I made for a challenge that My Creative Classroom is sponsoring today over on the Craft Challenge blog! If you play along you have a 1 in 3 chance to win a seat in ANY class at MCC -- and hopefully you'll pick mine ;-)

Anyway, the theme of the challenge was to use metal -- in any way -- on a card.


I also did some creative punching! 
 

But the main event was the metal tag. I purchased some Metal ATC Blanks over at JoAnn's and then used my Spellbinders Mega Oval set to punch out the tiniest oval in the set. Sweet. I also used my 1/4" metal letter stamps (Harbor Freight) to stamp hello into the tiny tag. Just make sure you orient your letters in the right direction so you don't have to do that job 2 times like I did. 
p.s. It's also a good idea to sand the edges of your cut tag before you use it so smooth them out and prevent any cuts.
p.s.s. While I am brave and don't mind trying hazardous techniques with my tools and supplies, just know that this technique may not be good for your dies and to proceed with caution and at your own risk. 
I also have a Tim Holtz Screw Punch which I used to punch the hole in the tag to attach it to the ribbon. 

The rest of the card was pretty easy too --
  1. First, I embossed the background paper (Ruby Rocket) with a Damask Embossing folder and sanded it slightly. 
  2. Then stamped the background image (Outlines Rubber Stamp Co.) 2 times on cream cardstock (Paper Trey Ink) . For the first stamped background I painted the imaged blue and the flower light red and trimmed it to the edge of the image. 
  3. On the second stamped background I painted the flower red and then cut it out with my detail scissors. 
  4. For the center of the flower I layered a bunch of different punched elements to create the pretty delicate center and then layered the elements on the first background stamp with 3D Dots (EK Success).
  5. Before I attached the stamped element to the card I wrapped a piece of ribbon around it and created a double bow and attached the metal tag with a piece of twine (Papertrey). 
  6. Then, I attached that to the card panel and attached piece of newsprint I had used to clean up my stamp after using it with my Gelli Plate to the bottom. 
  7. To finish up I stitched around the edges here and there and added an adhesive pearl (K & Company) to the center of the flower -- and voila -- hello card complete!
THANKS for stopping by -- take a look at some of the classes I have coming up at My Creative Classroom this fall -- hope to see you there! 

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