Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Metallic Sheets: CAS-ual Fridays and Add a Little Dazzle Hop



Hi Folks! I've been blessed with some good, quality time in my craft room recently. There are lots of posts coming in the next week or so, starting with this collaborative blog hop between the CAS-ual Fridays design team and the Add a Little Dazzle design team. So much fun!


We received a generous package of metal sheets (thanks Add a Little Dazzle!) and have had fun seeing what they can do. I've got two projects to share. First up is a little "scrunch and go" number that could easily be for a man, woman or child ...

   

Sounds easy, and it is! For the most part. For the background I just cut three strips of the metal from different colors, scrunched them with my hands, loosely flattened them back out and mounted them on chipboard. What an effect! I wish you could see how it sparkles and shines with the slightest movement of the card (makes sense with all those different angles achieved in the highly technical scrunching process).


 The tricky part comes with the sentiment. I wanted something to sit on top of the scrunched metal, and be clear enough to show off all the sparkle. Cardstock and vellum were out, leaving acetate. Stamping on acetate would have resulted in a hard-to-read sentiment, so I turned to heat embossing. Anyone tried heat embossing acetate before?! If so, let me know your secret! Keeping the acetate from curling into a little ball is difficult! I had good luck with the process for the following three reasons:


1) I used a thick acetate (from a plastic silverware package I saved);
2) the section of packaging I used had a seam along the top edge (which I later cut off), keeping the material more stable while embossing; and
3) I moved the heat embosser VERY QUICKLY across the acetate before any serious curling occurred. 
 
Quite honestly I was amazed it worked. Any scratches that were on the packaging originally, or any stray embossing powders are more difficult to see since the background is so busy and shiny. The sentiment is stamped from the Shenanigans set.

The next project uses a die cut with the metal sheets.


This card uses the Sleigh Bells set for the bell (stamp and die), and the Snowflake Splendor set for the sentiment. The tinsel is from Paper Source (half off after Christmas last year!) and is wrapped behind the chipboard I used to pop the panel up. Since the tinsel is somewhat bulky in the middle, I cut a channel in the chipboard so that the whole thing lies flat on the card, no gaps.


Did you know that you can heat emboss on these metal sheets? They hold their shape amazingly well! Also, one trick I learned to keep the die cut metal smooth is to put a piece of chipboard underneath before sending it through the die cutting machine. This prevents the metal sheet from looking like the bottom of your cutting plate (don't know about yours, but mine is totally trashed!)

Now, let's talk prizes! You must leave a comment on all blogs (including company blogs) for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs!   You have until Sunday, October 26th midnight (MDT) to enter. The winners will be announced on both company blogs. 

Here's a list of all the places on the hop today (also see Day 1 and Day 2 if you're interested)!


Thanks so much for looking!
-Kelly
 

42 comments:

  1. Really cool cards! Love the metal :-)

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  2. Love these. I'd never have thought of doing a 'scrunch' and the effect is fabulous!! Great idea with the packaging- I'd only usually try with hear resistant acetate but now I'm tempted to hunt down all the thick packaging in the house! Thanks for thr inspiration ! x

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    1. Wait, what?!? They make heat-resistant acetate?!? I had NO IDEA!! I just did a quick check and it looks like there are a few companies who make this. This is why I love our community so much ... every time I'm in blogland I learn something new. Thanks Keren!

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  3. Love what you did! Now I know how to use all my scrunched up metal sheets. Thanks for the beautiful projects and showcasing our metal sheets so beautifully.

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  4. Love your cards Kelly! Your highly technical "scrunching" looks fantastic. :)

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  5. Awesome scrunched look!! Really adds a punch to the card!

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  6. I didn't realize how nice scrunched up metal could look! Cool! and nice job on the jingle bell! Channeling the tinsel was brilliant!

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  7. Heat resistant acetate is the only way to go. I discovered this by accident one day and haven't looked back since!! It is FABULOUS!! LOVE your highly technical scrunching method and I can just imagine how much it shines!!!
    Your ornament card is so pretty!! Love the colors you chose. I save on mat that is never cut on. I even write DO NOT CUT on it so that my die cut images come out MUCH cleaner.
    Thanks for sharing with me!

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    1. Another great idea ... saving a mat from being cut on, and writing that on it no less! Thanks so much for sharing, Barbara!!

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  8. Kelly...love how you scrunched the metal...what a cool look! And your ornament card is just stunning!

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  9. Great designs! Fun that
    you scrunched the metal
    and love the ornament!
    Carla from Utah

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  10. I'm in awe...as usual :) I was already excited to see the first card from the sneak peek, but I didn't know there was another one too! Thud!! I'm in love with that metal jingle bell!!!!

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  11. Very cool cards! I love these metal sheets!

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  12. Good to know about the heat-resistant acetate. wondered why you decided against vellum?
    the card is beautiful with the three different colors and the scrunching. Love it.
    The ornament is so pretty too.
    thanks for sharing two great projects.

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    1. Hi Marylouh! Well, if the background was more of a mat shine, then I think the vellum could be a good fit. But you really can't see through my vellum very well (others may be more translucent), and I wanted to highlight all the metal. So the clear, glossy shine of the acetate matches the clear, glossy shine of the metal. I have no idea if any of that makes sense, and yes I do think about things way too much. That's why I'm a slow crafter!!

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  13. Your cards are great. I love the ornament one especially.

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  14. Amazing creations!! I so love that gorgeous shiny bell!! WOW!

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  15. These are awesome :) Love the metallic jingle bell.. I am looking forward to he rest of ur posts

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  16. Your cards are stunning! Beautiful :)

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  17. Wow the metal looks great! Fun cards Kelly!

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  18. Wow such great thinking that scrunched metal looks amazing and i love the acetate ...at first look i wondered how you did it ..yep i have heat embossed acetate and erm, no it didn't work haha.
    Love that bauble too , its actually given me an idea :D Thanks for the inspiration.
    Kate xx

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  19. The combination of elements and techniques you've used here (scrunching - fab word!), makes for a gorgeous first card. And the second is equally as lovely! What a wonderful marriage of products you've chosen to showcase, infused with your incredible creativity!
    ~c

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  20. Lovely cards. Love all the shimmer.

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  21. great cards, love the the christmas decoration card!!! awesome.

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  22. Gorgeous cards, I love the ornament and how you used tinsel with it, brilliant idea! Cathy x

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  23. Wow the first card is so striking! love the bold colors, and the second one an absolute beauty!

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  24. I just love the way you used those metal sheets. I have quite a few of them in my stash, and it is nice to have some ideas about how to use them. Kudos to you for your brave heat embossing on acetate. I would probably burn down my house if I tried something like that.

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  25. Great colors and bling. I like the crinkled look of the first one.

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  26. I love the sparkle and crinkle Kelly and the tinsel.

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  27. Hi Kelly, this is the first I've seen of metal sheets and wow your cards are fabulous - the pink bauble is stunning.

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  28. Beautiful cards, Kelly! Well, I learned something new by reading these comments too. Never knew there was heat-resistant acetate! How cool. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. The scrunching looks so cool, and you could definitely do that with kids!

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  30. WOW! Just wow! These cards are beyond fab. I never knew about heat resistant acetate either.

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  31. Fun projects!!! I really love that bright pink jingle bell!!!! Fabulous!!! And thanks for the helpful tips too!!!

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  32. Wow!! Your cards are so stunning! Loved the Celebrate one especially!!!

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  33. These are fantastic! Love the crinkled metal in those colors! Beautiful!

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  34. Love both of your cards, Kelly! I work so hard to keep the metal sheets smooth, and you have crunched yours up! LOL! I think you may be on to something! Love the festive jingle bell!

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  35. Both card are amazing, the scrunching looks fantastic!

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  36. I would never have thought to "scrunch".....but it looks great!! I also had never heard of heat-resistant acetate. Must find out more....
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  37. This is really charming with the lime green & pink. Great card!

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  38. I love the way the scrunched metal looks. Simple technique with stunning results. I do the same with acetate - get the gun hot and do it quickly and move around a lot. My cutting plate is trashed too, so thanks for the great tip

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  39. Love the celebrate card! Nicely done with the acetate! I'll have to try thicker stuff next time - it will probably be much easier!

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly