Tuesday, September 20, 2011

technique anyone?

Hi everyone!

This is a technique that I first came across in a class by uber talented Céline Navarro way back in October 2007 and then gorgeous Natalie May came up with this step-by-step using the metal tape on top of our chippy on a layout. Here it is (as written by Nat)
I've had this idea in my head for quite a while and thought it was about time I gave it a go.

This is a variation on a technique that I use regularly with Cuttlebug projects and thought it would look good on a layout.

I raided my hubby’s shed and came across some Aluminum Tape. I actually think it's used for roofing or something like that but it does the job just nice! It's super sticky and VERY unforgiving {and also cuts worse than a paper cut}.
Firstly I placed all my chipboard on a heavy chipboard background, positioned it then glued it down.  
I cover the entire LO with the tape wrapping the ends to the back of the chipboard being careful not to pull it too tight as the tape will be pushed into the crevices. 
Using a scoring tool or something that has a round tip, I ran it around the edges of the covered chipboard shapes so that they were more enhanced.
Next thing I did was create some patterns using various tools. Firstly I did some scrape with my fingernails, then some zig zags and dots with the scorer and finally using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, I transferred the pattern by using a rolling pin to force the pattern thru to the foil tape.
I decided to see if embossing powder would stick to the tape so I gently rubbed the Distress Ink Embossing pad direct to the shape then sprinkled the black powder over the top and it worked beautifully.
So next comes the messy bit. Using Ranger Alcohol Inks, I completely covered the entire project in Black Ink making sure to get into all the gaps and edges.
Once dry, I used a few different sanding blocks to sand it back. I move in circular movements and back and forth to get the look I am after. Get into the chipboard shapes and if you find you take off too much ink, just put on another coat.
After this step, I gave it a light spray with a heavy Metallic Silver spray by Memories Mists by
StewartSuperior and let it dry then a light coat of Cinder Glimmermist. This gave it a little more texture and came up looking great.
The entire layout had to sit overnight to completely dry and the result this morning just blew me away. I love the way the ink has settled into the nooks of the chipboard and the light catches it at different levels.
Thanks for allowing me to share this technique with you and have a great week!

Natalie May 


  1. Oh Natalie this technique looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing it with us all. I am dying to try it out for myself. Oh & by the way ten out of ten for such a great tutorial.
    Cheers Di xx

  2. Thanks for sharing your cool technique with us. Looks awesome!

  3. Great technique!! Me too came across it first time and found it interesting. Liked the use of Cinder Glimmermist in it.

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