Altered Metal Embellishment Tutorial

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ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial using Graphic 45 Bloom and Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal Die

Hello, Friends! Today I’m honored to be sharing a ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial with you. You all know how much I love to use metal embellishments on my projects. When the lovely and gracious LouAnn Hunt over at ButterBee Scraps invited me to do a guest designer spot focusing on altering and using metal embellishments on a project, how could I say no? To showcase these lovely metal embellishments, I created an Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal made with Graphic 45 Bloom collection. You’ll find a linked supply list for this project at the end of this post.

Altered Metal Embellishments Tips and Tricks

Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial Eileen Hull Journal Die Graphic 45 Bloom Video by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Sometimes I like to mix metals on a project. But sometimes, I want the finishes to match. What to do? Altering a metal embellishment is easy, fun, and not too messy. Here’s how I altered these embellishments:

  • First, place an old paper bag, magazine or other disposable surface on your work space.
  • Next, dry brush both sides of each embellishment with a light coat of gesso or paint. For this project, I used an ivory chalk paint. But I’ve also had great success with Antique Linen Distress Paint.
  • Now heat dry the paint, or let it air dry for about 15 minutes.
  • Then, tap the raised surfaces with a little Graphic 45 Old Moss Decades Ink. This really brings out the subtle details in the metals.
  • Finally spray the embellishments with a little mica spray to add a hint of shimmer. Heat Dry.
    • I used Perfect Pearls Green Patina Mist (retired). You can actually make your own mica spray by mixing about 1/2 tsp of Perfect Pearls Powder with tap water. Then place in a mister bottle and you are all set.
Graphic 45 Bloom Traveler’s Notebook with Eileen Hull HeArtFelt Journal Dies

Eileen Hull Journal Graphic 45 Bloom ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The video tutorial below will guide you through all the necessary steps for making this journal. So I’ll just share a few teaser photos with you here.

TIP: Apply a coat of Distress Collage Medium/Matte to the back of the papers used on the journal covers and signatures. I find this works the best of all the adhesives I’ve tried for this particular process. Then burnish well with a bone folder to push out any air pockets.

Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for ButterBee Scraps Photo 02 Eileen Hull Journal Graphic 45 Bloom ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02 Eileen Hull Journal Graphic 45 Bloom ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03 ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03 Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01 ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04 Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Using Metal Embellishments Inside the Journal

This journal has 3 signatures (inserts…think chapters in a book.) I usually die cut my own signatures with Eileen’s die, but while on a foraging trip at Tuesday Morning, I found a few Momenta Explore Journal Inserts on clearance for about $1. I can’t die cut them that cheaply at home! So I simply decorated the inserts with pretty papers, metal charms and ribbon. The tutorial will go into the “how” in more detail.

Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Create a unified design by adding the same embellishments inside the journal. The copper filigree leaves are flat, so they add design without a lot of bulk.

Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

The same holds true for the butterflies.

TIP: Use a metal adhesive like Glossy Accents, Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, or E6000 to secure metal to paper. You can always add a dab of hot glue to the paper. This will hold embellishments in place until the slower drying adhesive has a chance to cure.

Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Here’s another fun way to alter metal embellishments. I tied this darling key through the loop on the bulldog clip. Simple, but effective.

ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial Video

This video starts with a short flip through tour of the journal. Then I’ve added a simple words/photo step out tutorial to guide you through the steps I used to create the altered embellishments, journal cover and inserts. I hope you enjoy!

Special Discount Code at ButterBee Scraps

LouAnn, the owner at ButterBee Scraps, has graciously offered my followers a discount on all purchases from now until May 17th. Just use the code KATHY10 when you check out to receive a 10% discount on your shopping cart total. Thanks, ButterBee Scraps!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration today that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. To see other Eileen Hull Journals that I’ve created, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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  1. Kathy’s project is beautiful! Her written tutorial is easy to follow. I am sure that I can alter my metal pieces with great success. Thanks for this Blog post!

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      Hi Martie you are so welcome! Yes Kathy’s creation is beautiful and she is a wonderful teacher. Look forward to more guest spots from Kathy (hint: July) 😉

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