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ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial

ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial using Graphic 45 Bloom                        and Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal Die

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m honored to be sharing a ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial with you.  You all know how much I love to use metal embellishments on my projects.  When the lovely and gracious LouAnn Hunt over at ButterBee Scraps invited me to do a guest designer spot focusing on altering and using metal embellishments on a project, how could I say no?  To showcase these lovely metal embellishments, I created an Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal made with Graphic 45 Bloom collection.  You’ll find a linked supply list for this project at the end of this post.

Altered Metal Embellishments Tips and Tricks

Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial Eileen Hull Journal Die Graphic 45 Bloom Video by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Sometimes I like to mix metals on a project.  But sometimes, I want the finishes to match.  What to do?   Altering a metal embellishment is easy, fun, and not too messy.  Here’s how I altered these embellishments:

  • First, place an old paper bag, magazine or other disposable surface on your work space.
  • Next, dry brush both sides of each embellishment with a light coat of gesso or paint.  For this project, I used an ivory chalk paint.  But I’ve also had great success with Antique Linen Distress Paint.
  • Now heat dry the paint, or let it air dry for about 15 minutes.
  • Then, tap the raised surfaces with a little Graphic 45 Old Moss Decades Ink.  This really brings out the subtle details in the metals.
  • Finally spray the embellishments with a little mica spray to add a hint of shimmer.  Heat Dry.
    • I used Perfect Pearls Green Patina Mist (retired).  You can actually make your own mica spray by mixing about 1/2 tsp of Perfect Pearls Powder with tap water.  Then place in a mister bottle and you are all set.
Graphic 45 Bloom Traveler’s Notebook with Eileen Hull HeArtFelt Journal Dies

Eileen Hull Journal Graphic 45 Bloom ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The video tutorial below will guide you through all the necessary steps for making this journal.  So I’ll just share a few teaser photos with you here.

TIP: Apply a coat of Distress Collage Medium/Matte to the back of the papers used on the journal covers and signatures.  I find this works the best of all the adhesives I’ve tried for this particular process.  Then burnish well with a bone folder to push out any air pockets.

Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for ButterBee Scraps Photo 02 Eileen Hull Journal Graphic 45 Bloom ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02 Eileen Hull Journal Graphic 45 Bloom ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03 ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03 Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01 ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04 Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Using Metal Embellishments Inside the Journal

This journal has 3 signatures (inserts…think chapters in a book.)  I usually die cut my own signatures with Eileen’s die, but while on a foraging trip at Tuesday Morning, I found a few Momenta Explore Journal Inserts on clearance for about $1.  I can’t die cut them that cheaply at home!  So I simply decorated the inserts with pretty papers, metal charms and ribbon.  The tutorial will go into the “how” in more detail.

Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Create a unified design by adding the same embellishments inside the journal.  The copper filigree leaves are flat, so they add design without a lot of bulk.

Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

The same holds true for the butterflies.

TIP: Use a metal adhesive like Glossy Accents, Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, or E6000 to secure metal to paper.  You can always add a dab of hot glue to the paper.  This will hold embellishments in place until the slower drying adhesive has a chance to cure.

Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Here’s another fun way to alter metal embellishments.  I tied this darling key through the loop on the bulldog clip.  Simple, but effective.

ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial Video

This video starts with a short flip through tour of the journal.  Then I’ve added a simple words/photo step out tutorial to guide you through the steps I used to create the altered embellishments, journal cover and inserts.  I hope you enjoy!

Special Discount Code at ButterBee Scraps

LouAnn, the owner at ButterBee Scraps, has graciously offered my followers a discount on all purchases from now until May 17th.  Just use the code KATHY10  when you check out to receive a 10% discount on your shopping cart total.  Thanks, ButterBee Scraps!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration today that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see other Eileen Hull Journals that I’ve created, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Things With Wings Challenge at RRR

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for a new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  I am so excited to share today’s card for the Things With Wings Challenge, because I used some fun techniques to create my card, and I’m going to tell you how I did it!

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 01

I super love the April Ribbon Club Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Take a look!

April Ribbon ClubThese are the perfect color match for the April pages in Graphic 45’s “Time to Flourish” collection. It’s so exciting when ribbons and papers work together this beautifully!

Graphic 45 April Time to Flourish/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

RRR Things with Wings Challenge/Kathy by Design

I sewed two of the patterned papers from the 6×6 pad together to make the base for my card.  I ran the top portion through my Grand Calibur with the new Spellbinder’s Doily M-Bossabilities folder.  The raised design was sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink to make it pop off the page.  Then I made a beautiful border by layering a strip of blue print paper with Tropic Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, Coral Rose Swiss Dots Grosgrain, and Theresa White Crochet Lace.

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 05I fussy cut the beautiful tulips from the 12×12 pages, and shaped them gently with my tool kit. These were adhered with foam dots to add some extra dimension, and then the centers of a few tulips were filled wtih seed beads.  I added a gorgeous bow made with Light Coral Diamond Satin Ribbon , White Iridescent metallic string, and a sweet vintage button from my stash.    I also scattered some seed beads randomly around the card…because I like them!  LOL

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 04Now, to the “Things with Wings” portion of this challenge.  I ran a Graphic 45 Staples Butterfly through my machine with a damask embossing folder to give it some really cool texture.  Next, I sponged it with a combination of Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Antique Linen Distress Paint.  I heated this gently with my heat tool (use tweezers!) and then when it was still warm, I shaped the wings.  I topped the whole thing off with a layer of Clear Distress Crackle paint, and then added half a Graphic Staples clothespin for the body.  I secured this to my card base with foam adhesive, and then tucked in a fussy cut sentiment from the same 12×12 page, topping it off with a sweet bow made from the Aqua Roses printed Grosgrain Ribbon.  This is the sweetest ribbon ever made, and I get a little weak in the knees every time I use it!

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 06Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card.  I stamped the ivory oval with one of the Time to Flourish Stamps and layered up some more sweet papers.  Doesn’t it feel like spring?

Now it’s your turn to get your craft on!  Create a project and link it up to the Things With Wings Challenge.  You’ll find all the details and links to the rest of the design team at the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Altered Art Journal: Simon Says Stamp Metal-Ology Challenge

Everything New is Old Again

The good folks at Simon Says Stamp issued a wonderful CHALLENGE this week: incorporate some metal into your project.  I love working with metallic foil, and have a storage case full of Ten Seconds Studio metal foil stashed away in the Closet of Shame.  Since another of my goals for 2013 is to use items from said closet, I decided to join in the challenge.  After some thought, I decided to alter a standard composition notebook using metal foil, Metallic Distress Inks, Tim Holtz idea-ology and some other wonderful metal pieces purchased from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I am also entering this album in The Funkie Junkie Sunday Share.

Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 001 (2)Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 001 (3)

Making the Medallion

Once I had decided to make an altered journal, I knew I wanted to make a big, bold medallion for the cover. I selected Ten Seconds Studio Big Daddy 10 mold and a piece of gorgeous chocolate colored metal.  Before there were embossing folders, there was Ten Seconds Studios, and I find there are still things that I can do with one of their molds, some metal, a paper stump and their awesome array of tools that you can’t achieve with a die cut machine.  Besides, I feel really artsy as I push that lovely soft metal into the mold and watch the image appear.  I used their tool sets to add detail and to antique the image.  Once I was happy with that, I used a combination of Espresso, Pesto and Copper alcohol inks to stain the metal and achieve a vintage look.  Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 002 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 007 (2) I love the depth of the embossing, and the way you can make art metal look really vintage with these tools.

Making the Cover: The Details Make the Difference!

I used papers from Graphic 45’s Renaissance Faire collection to cover the notebook, but before I added it, I sanded around the edges and then hit them with some Bronze Distress Stain.  I also used Copper Alcohol Ink to color the black spine of the notebook.   After stitching around the perimeter of the paper three times, I used a distressing tool to tear and rough up the edges.  The paper was glued down and the embellishments were added.  Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 004 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 003 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 008 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 007 (2) The cover was inked, stamped, embossed and I added metal hinges, using my Alterations Hardward Findings die.  These were adhered with Glossy Accents.  The large medallion was adhered with red line tape, which seems to work best on metal.  You can see that I took the time to distress each embellishment. It’s the details that make the difference!

It’s What’s Inside that Counts!

I really like to carry the whole vintage vibe on the interior of the notebook.  Both the front Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 014 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 009 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 010 (2) and the back pages were decorated and embellished.Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 023 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 020 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 021 (2) As you can see, pockets were added for photos, souvenirs or other ephemera.  These make wonderful travel journals, too!

The back of the notebook is also decorated, covered with vintage map paper. Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 015 (2) I aged this with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stitched around the perimeter.

Challenge YOURSELF!

There’s still time for you to enter either of the above challenges.  You don’t have to do anything as involved or elaborate as I’ve done here.  You can use metal buttons, or metallic embossing powder or even metallic pens to qualify for the Simon Says Stamp challenge.  I just like playing with art metal.  I’d love to hear about your experiences working in this medium, and if you have any questions, be sure to ask.  I may not have the answers, but we can explore the topic together.  That’s what it’s all about: sharing and learning and growing in our creativity.

Thanks again for reading my little blog.  I hope you will take the time to leave me a comment.  Your comments make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.

Cheerio,

kathy

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