Make French Enameled Numbers

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I’m not sure what I would do with French enameled numbers, but I wanna make ’em. What’s cool about Gail’s version, is they aren’t enameled, or French for that matter. Take a look.    

They’re actually made using metal tags and embossing powder. Cool, huh? Here’s the materials list, all of which should be familiar to card makers and scrapbookers alike:

  • metal tags (Gail found hers at her local True Value hardware store)
  • sand paper
  • white spray paint
  • StazOn ink pad (available in the scrap-booking aisle of your favorite craft store)
  • clear embossing powder (also available in the scrap-booking aisle of your favorite craft store)
  • parchment paper
  • twine
  • number rubber stamps
  • electric fry pan
  • spatula

Mosey on over to Can’t Stop Making Things (ain’t it true?!) for the entire how to. Continue Reading

How to Emboss Velvet

Embossing velvet is one of those things that looks difficult, but it really couldn’t be easier. Why might you want to attempt such a thing? Well, it’s a great way to add some flair to a luxurious yet somewhat stodgy textile.

created on: 01/23/09

What you need:

  • velvet
  • an iron
  • a rubber stamp with a design you’d like to emboss upon the velvet

 What you do:

Heat the iron to the appropriate temperature. My velvet was a polyester blend, so I set my temp to ‘polyester’. Continue Reading

Upcycling an aluminum can into tinwork art.

This is one of the most impressive up-cycling projects I’ve ever seen. It started out as an aluminum drink can, and turned into a beautiful embossed box. The maker, Atomic Shrimp, started the project with an empty Emerge can, a strong pair of scissors, a cork-backed table mat, a pointed object (like a scriber or even a ballpoint pen), some tape and fine abrasive paper.

First, the can was cut down one side.

Then, after it was trimmed, it was taped onto the cork back of the table mat and sanded with the abrasive to remove the can’s paint. Continue Reading