Monday, August 18, 2014

Woodware UK: Tools of the Trade

The Woodware girls are breaking out the tools this week, so you know we take our crafting seriously! And Woodware has an amazing selection of tools to help anything that you envision become a reality. The tools that I played with this week are the Mercart Metalwork tools, of which there are several.

I created a base card, and added sprinkles of Stampendous Aged Copper Embossing Enamel over the surface, and heated from underneath to melt (using another great tool...a heat tool!). I also used the Dreamweaver Comfort Words stencil to ink-stencil in Versamark the selected word, and embossed that with the same embossing enamel.

Now for the fun...I cut a panel from a sheet of Woodware Copper and placed it over the top of the Dreamweaver Celtic Cross stencil. Then I used my fingertip to push around the design, slightly indenting the design for the next step. I used a Teflon tool to refine the design a bit before using a larger ball tipped stylus to really work the metal, pushing it to puff out a bit. At this point, I could take the Teflon tool once again, turning the panel over and removing the stencil, and trace around the edge of the design to define it some more. You can go back and forth at this stage until your piece is how you want it. I cut it out, and to age it, used a sponge dauber to really push Black StazOn ink into the design. Then I used a sanding block over the surface to remove the ink from just the embossed areas. If you were fortunate enough to have a really puffy design, you can fill it with the Mercart filler from the back. When dry, it will hold it's shape. Or you can just adhere the cross to the card with foam squares as I did here. The end result is a work of art, but the tools simplify the process sooooo much!

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