4″ square Walnut Hollow aluminum and cardboard from package
ribbon for hanging
decorative craft scissors
E-6000 glue or similar adhesive
Adirondack alcohol inks and blending solution (optional)
Click on the heart image to open a full size jpg on another web page. Drag image onto your desktop and print heart design so that it fits on a 4″ square (on point, measure on the diagonal). Trace outline onto the 4″ cardboard square that came in the aluminum package. Cut it out and paint it red on both sides. Punch a small hole for the hanging ribbon in the top.
Center line drawing over the 4″ metal square and trace the small heart, this will lightly emboss the heart on the metal.
Using decorative edge craft scissors cut just outside the embossed line.
Glue metal heart to cardboard with E-6000 or similar strong multipurpose adhesive, it may need 24 hours to dry completely. Then emboss decorative designs on the metal, I prefer using a nylon tipped tool for this.
Draw the design of your choice on the paper heart, place over the metal and trace the design so that it transfers to the metal.
Go over the lines with the embossing tool to add more depth to the design and add more decorative details.
You could stop here with a silver embossed design or add color with Adirondack Alcohol inks.
Use Alcohol blending solution instead of water to lighten colors, rehydrate the inks on your palette (because they dry very quickly) and clean your brush between colors.
Tomorrow be sure to see Kelli Nina Perkins Whimsical Spool Garland, you know it’s going to be fun and colorful!
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