Welcome to today’s Tuesday Tutorial! Today I am sharing a technique that I really love. I have actually shared this in the past but wanted to share it again, this time with a different option for the tile (or pendant).
When I shared this technique for the crackled metal pendant, I shared how to make the pendant from copper sheeting. I wanted to show how to make a similar piece with materials that are much easier to find, Grunge Paper and Foil Tape.
Cut Grunge Paper to any desired size. Cut a piece of silver Foil Tape 1/2″ larger on the length and width as the Grunge Paper. (For instance, 1.5″x1.5″ Grunge Paper and 2″x2″ Foil Tape.)
Remove the backing from the foil tape. Lay the foil adhesive side up on your work surface. Place the piece of Grunge Paper in the center of the foil.
Fold each corner of the foil down onto the Grunge Paper.
Fold each foil flap down onto the Grunge Paper.
Place the foil/grunge paper tile in an embossing folder and emboss. I really love the smaller Texture Fades Folders for making pendants. Their scaled down images are great for smaller tiles.
Add color to the tile with alcohol inks. With the ink applicator tool, it is easy to add color to just the raised areas if you prefer to keep the color of the metal in the background. If you want the background to have color, simply work it in with the applicator tool.
On this piece, I placed the tile in the embossing folder “upside down” so that the “forward design” is recessed. I like how in this design by coloring the raised areas which would the “background’ it makes it look as though the silver sprockets are pressed into the tile.
As you add color to your tile, keep in mind that you can remove color using alcohol ink blending solution. I find having it in a fillable alcohol ink pen makes it super easy to remove color from elements that I want to highlight, for instance the free space on this bingo motif.
Alcohol ink markers like Letraset Promarkers or Copics work well on metal. The fine point on the markers makes it easy to add color to fine detail areas.
By tapping a nice juicy alcohol ink marker on metal you can achieve the same blotty effect you get by tapping on inks with the ink applicator tool. In this example, the blue was applied with the tool and the black was applied with a marker.
Another application option is to drizzle ink directly from the bottle into recessed areas.
After coloring a piece, you can accent the design if desired by rubbing an archival ink pad over the surface on the raised design.
If you are using the tile on a craft project like a card or tag, you could stop after inking if you are happy with the look. If you would like to use the piece for a jewelry pendant, you will want to seal the ink it. To seal the ink or to add the crackle finish, brush the tile with Glossy Accents in a thin even coat with a foam brush. Set the tile aside to dry for about 30 minutes to an hour.
If you would like to add crackle finish, brush on a thin even layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint with a clean foam brush. The crackle will only stick to the metal with a base of dried Glossy Accents under it. Without the Glossy Accents the crackle will flake off when dry.
To use tiles as pendants, punch a hole in the top center and add an eyelet and jumpring.
Unlike the texture and finish that the Distress Crackle Paint creates on paper, on metal with a base of Glossy Accents, the crackle dries smooth to the touch. (This piece has the new Adirondack Snow Cap Mixative blended in with the colors, which gave the background a really soft muted color.)
Most of the crackling effect will be evident in the larger open areas.
On this tile, I embossed the design so that the Umbrella Man (I used the mini Texture Trade) is recessed. Having the backgroud as the raised design meant I was able to easily and completely fill the backgroud with color. I love the effect of the man being sunken in.
The photo really doesn’t capture just how cool the crackle looks on the silver background.
This tile was colored completely with the new Adirondack Snow Cap White Mixative. I love how when it dries it looks like white enamal. I added color accents with markers and brushed the raised areas with a black archival ink pad. I finished it the the Glossy Accents and Crackle finish.
- paper- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grunge Paper
- embossing folders- Tim Holtz Texture Trades: Artful Muse, Playing Games, and Poker Face set, Texture Fades Regal Flourishes and Patchwork
- embellishments- eyelets
- ink- Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink: assorted colors; Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
- markers- Letraset Promarkers: assorted colors
- paint- Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint: Clear Rock Candy
- tools- Ranger Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool (with felt); foam brushes
- misc.- Ranger Inkssentials Metal Foil Tape Sheets, Glossy Accents, Alcohol Ink Blending Solution, Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen