Saturday, July 31, 2010

Instructions for Metallic Cardstock

As promised in the previous post I'm detailing the instructions on how to make Metallic Cardstock. First, the last few samples...

"Delicate"...




"Entwined"...



INSTRUCTIONS - metallic card stock

To make the metallic cardstock you'll need one of those clear plastic sleeves that are found in display books, also some metallic paint - I use Folk Art Metallic and Jo Sonja metallic colours, a brayer and some plain white and black unpatterned card stock.


First slit open the right hand side and bottom of the clear plastic sleeve so it will open up like a book with one side still attached. Open the plastic sleeve and put a few small drops of a couple of different colours of metallic paint on the right hand side in the centre of the plastic sleeve. Don't put the colours on top of each other, leave a couple of centimetres between them.


Close the sleeve and gently brayer the paint so it smooshes together slightly, leaving some distinction between the colours - don't blend it all the way. Then open up the plastic sleeve and place two pieces of plain cardstock - back to back - on the smooshed together paint. Close the sleeve again carefully and then brayer again (gently) on the front side of the cover. Open up the cover again and take out your two pieces of beautiful metallic cardstock!


Lighter colours of metallic paint work wonderfully on black card stock and darker colours of course look great on the white. Though do experiment.....this is one of the things I love about teaching my classes, my students do experiment and as I can't possibly try ever little permutation of each technique, they do and there are some wonderful results! Let the card stock dry and use as required. A thinner coat of paint looks better than too much by the way.




FAUX WAX
The next class is called Faux Wax. This is an embellishment class using black glue. It gives great texture and depth to your work. I really like atc's that have layers and height on them as it encourages people to run their fingers over them....a wonderful tactile experience!


"Dance"... (Unfortunately you can't see the sparkle on this background. It just comes up as flat looking yellow spots on the computer but is actually very sparkly - in a good way!. It is a product by Jo Sonja called Gold Dust - a shimmery, gold, larger than normal sized glitter that is trapped in a matte finish suspension of glue. It means you don't actually see the shimmer until you tilt the object to the light, then it sparkles!!!!!)




"Home"... (This looks much darker than it is - the background is Frayed Burlap, Gold Perfect Pearls & water mixed in a spritzer bottle....lovely and shimmery.)




I'll have more of the faux wax to show as I get some more samples made. Hope you try the metallic card stock, if you do, let me know how it goes.

11 comments:

Jenxo said...

your atcs are just beautiful and yes i will be trying it.
Have to stock up on some metallics first though! thanks for sharing... and isnt it wonderful that one technique can yeild so many diferent results...jenxo

Samantha Marshall said...

Hi Kelsey,
The metallic ATCs are amazing- the spider web-wow!!!The German scrap is fantastic. Loving the cool faux wax, too!!!

lisa_crofts said...

I fell in love with "dance" when I saw it in the store on Saturday and now I have to add one more thing to my must have list jo sonja gold dust. What a beautiful effect!

Lesley said...

Kelsey the metallic cardstock is beautiful. I have lots of metallics and must have a play. Love your instructions, thanks for sharing this with us. I wish I could take a class from you but it would be long trip from Canada.
Thanks so much.
L

Cindy Gimbrone said...

I love each and every one of today's pieces! Wow such inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy

chrisw said...

rthese are gorgeous Kelsey i espcuially like the web one at the top,amazing!!

lisa_crofts said...

Hey Kelsey (crawl crawl) are you going to put the list of book 1 up?
xxxx

Pearl Maple said...

Am a big fan of Folk Art Metallic Paints, so affordable but get so much life out of them and your examples are inspiring.

Gaby Bee said...

These ATCs are simply wonderful. Love especially the one with the spider web ... even though I hate these creatures ... brrr...
Thanks for the tutorials!

Oxana said...

These ATCs are so so beautiful!!!!! I love your blog!

Marcy said...

gobsmackingly WOW!!!!