Friday, July 30, 2010

Bonus Disaster

My first Christmas Card Club class was last Saturday. I posted the other projects we did in class earlier but didn't post this one yet. I really wanted to try out using mica powders in sprays for a metallic look so I decided to try out this technique as a bonus project. I'm a big Tim Holtz fan and saw this on his videos where he also adds in Distress re-inkers. I didn't try this yet with the re-inkers, but thought I'd try with just the mica powder. I embossed the kraft cardstock using the new Tim Holtz scroll embossing folder (love it!) and then sprayed it with the gold mica powder/alcohol mix. It looks really nice until you touch it. Then you get gold all over your fingers.
I did some research before the class and ended up buying a sealant and bringing some hair spray to the class. We tried out both methods but not sure which one worked better. I'm hoping my students will let me know which method they used and what worked better. I'm pretty sure the sealant will be better but the fumes were not good for an enclosed classroom. I'll have to re-think this project if I'm going to try to do it again. I really like the look of this and think it would be an awesome alternative to buying metallic paper, but for now I'll have to experiment more.
If anyone has other mica powder spray sealant tips, please share them with me! Thanks!!
Labels die- Sizzix (Tim Holtz)
Sentiment- CC's Designs (Amy R)
Embossing folder- Tim Holtz
Mica powder
Cardstock- Bazzil


Bren said...

Hi Jenny,
Love your card! I've been wanting to try that Tim Holtz technique but I can't find those mini misters in Honolulu. Did you use Pearl Ex or Perfect Pearls? I saw on a video that if you use Perfect Pearls it already has a built in resin. If you use Pearl Ex you need to add a fixative like gum arabic but she said it clogged up her spray bottle. They also used water instead of alcohol although it made the paper curl up. They used a heat tool to dry it and it flattened out. Hope this helps! Love your blog!

eunice said...

This is beautiful, Jenny! I hope you've found a solution to fixing the problem because it is a beautiful alternative to metallic papers!