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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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!
- ButterBee Scraps
- Graphic 45 Bloom
- Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal die by Sizzix
- Really Reasonable Ribbon
- Mixed Media
- Ivory Chalk Paint
- G45 Antique Moss Decades Ink
- Perfect Pearls Green Patina Mist (retired…but this mica spray would also work)
- Little Birdie Flowers…check your local AC Moore store
- Jute Cording
- Waxed Linen Cord
Beautiful! How did you see the fabric to the binding? Thru the chipboard?
Hi Kathy you are the queen of journals and every part is an adventure. I love the colours, papers and oh so many tips from you. Always so generous with your time and explanations. Thank you xx
Wow! ! Pinned if course. What work! Love that bee on the side.. And all the vibrant cheerful colors and pages!!! Glorious!
Kathy I adore this journal..you are so talented…just the way everything matches and looks so vintage…I love the flowers, charms, you just out do yourself every time….love love this
Thanks, Kathy, for the great tips for altering metal embellishments! The tip about making mica spray is also a good one!
Kathy, this is one of the most beautiful journals I’ve ever seen! You are the embellishment Queen in my opinion. You always add the right charm in just the right place. Everything you’ve done with this journal is just perfect! And oh, those gorgeous papers and flowers! Thank you so much for sharing your tips on altering the charms. Hugs!
This is so gorgeous!! Love the paper and love me some Butter Bee Scraps! I have so many pieces from there that I need to use and needed this tutorial to help get me started – thank you!
Luv, luv, luv your gorgeous Love junk journal! Luv your ideas and luv all the metal embellishments! Luv the different ribbons! This one’s one of my favorites! Hugs, Suzy Q
A feast for the eyes! Such an incredibly beautiful album with such attention to detail with those fabulous metal embellishments. I adore this journal!
Oh my goodness Kathy! No one creates like you. This is a work of art for sure!