Happy Valentines Day

I finally got a hold of some of Tim Holtz’s crackle medium on sale at Hobby Lobby. It’s really super thick and gives very nice cracks! So I had to try it out. This heart is the result. Very nice crackling I think. 🙂




Embossed Metal Tutorial

I’ve seen this a couple of times on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try.


Step #1
You will need a piece of plywood or scrap wood or chipboard (like from your cereal box) of some kind. Those chipboard letters work for this too.

Step #2
You will want to draw some design onto your board. I can not draw a stick figure let alone anything that looks half way decent so I used a stencil.

Step #3
Go over your drawing with either hot glue (which I used) or tacky glue. Elmers doesn’t work so well for this, it flattens out too much. I like the hot glue because he dries quickly. I’m impatient. Let dry.

Step #4
Cut you foil to fit over the board. *Bonus this will sharpen your scissors!*

Step #5
Now using your glue stick glue on top of your hot glue (or tacky glue) lines. You can also add some on the inside of the lines (directly onto the chipboard). I would glue a little then push down the foil over it. Glue stick dries fast also. If you are doing a big piece it will all of dried by the time you get it all glued. So glue a little, adhere the foil; glue a little adhere the foil.

Step #6
Then flip the board over the back and glue the rest of the foil down, kind of like how your wrap a present.

Step #7
Flip back to the front and gently!!! push the foil down around the glue lines with your finger. The foil rips easily. You could also use a Q-Tip as well as your finger.

Step #8
Drip alcohol inks onto the foil and spread around with a damp paper towel. You can also add paint or shoe polish for a more rustic look.

You can find other tutorials Here and Here.