Monday, December 7, 2009

Prickley Pear Star Challenge and METAL Embossing

I've been having a lot of fun playing with 3M metal tape. It is so much fun. It is thin so you need to adhere it to a piece of paper, but it is so thin you can cut it into any shape you need. It also embosses with an embossing folder beautifully. I found mine at a garage sale, but I think you find it in the roofing section of the hardware store. It is about 2"wide.

Star is a tag card. It is smooth on the back so you can write on it.

I created this card for the Prickley Pear Design team. Here's how it is done:

I first started by laying 3 strips of the 3M tape onto a piece of paper. I then cut the paper slightly larger than the star template (provided at Prickley Pear). I used the embossing plate and ran that piece of paper through the Cuttlebug (had to do it a couple times to fill in the entire paper). After I embossed it I used the Alcohol inks and added red and green to the metal. I used the tapper with a felt pad as well as dropped a couple drops right on the metal tape. I then used the sketch template and cut out the larger star out of the metal embossed piece. I mounted that embossed piece onto a piece of solid red paper and trimmed slightly larger. I then used the template to cut out the inside star out of the striped patterned paper. I punched a hole and set a red eyelet at the top.

The stamped center:
I used a Tim Holtz Fragment and dripped cranberry alcohol ink right onto the disc. Dried it completely with a heat gun. Now, this step has to happen really fast. On the inked side of the disc I stamped the PP Dove with a solvent based ink and then rubbed it off right away. (The ink will remove the alcohol ink from the disc). So it stands out a little more I added a piece of white paper behind the disc. I glued about 10 punches of the branch in green behind the white circle (which is behind the disc). I attached the fragment disc to the star with a paper tail (that lets it move). To finish it off I added a small bakers twine bow.

Paper} Solid: Red-Papertrey Ink, Green-DCWV, White-Mohawk PP: My Minds Eye
Ink} Cranberry and Meadow Alcohol Ink
Ribbon} Offray
Tools} 3M Metal Tape, Spots and Dot Embossing folder, Martha Stewart-Branch Punch, Around the Block-Paper Tails, Tim Holtz-Fragments, One Hundred Wishes-red and white string, Eyelet for JoAnns and Stampin Up Dimensionals

Here's some more embossed and alcohol ink samples


  1. Very cool star!! That metal tape sounds great, I'll have to find some! Thanks for playing the Crafty Creations Challenge!!

  2. BEAUTIFUL! I think I need to run to the hardware store!

  3. What a fun project Jennifer - I will have to get me some of this and try it!

    Thanks for the great tip! Hugs, Jennifer :)

  4. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations with this beautiful star! Great project!

    Saskia :)

  5. Jennifer, this is a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing:)
    Heather RDH

  6. WOW!! this is stunning :0) metal tape huh? will have to look for some.

  7. Thanks for playing along at Crafty Creations this week - Beautiful decoration and I agree that tape is wonderful! Cheers Claire x

  8. Very pretty Jennifer! Great job, and thanks for the tips!

  9. This is AWESOME!! I love what you are doing with the tape!!

  10. Very nice (my english is poor so I cannot say more).
    I wonder if we have 3M metal tape in Belgium ?


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