Saturday, February 7, 2009

Easy Peasy Faux Copper Tutorial

Enough people wanted to see how I made the embellishments on THIS scrapbook page so I created a simple tutorial. You will not believe how easy it is to make something look like faux copper. I purchased this die set (Timeless Heritage by Spellbinders) a month or two ago. I LOVE all the dies in the set and I knew that I would use it over and over again.

I played around with them a bit and ended up creating something that actually looks like faux copper. The embellishments LOOK real (but cost A TON LESS and weigh A LOT less too!)

Here is what you will need:

Dies (I used Timeless Heritage by Spellbinders)
Wizard (to cut and emboss)
Gold cardstock (I used Gold Leaf by
Copic Marker- E29-Burnt Umber (You can use other browns and they will just make the copper appear brighter or darker but I liked the results with this one the best.)
Stampin' Up Classic Chocolate Chip marker

Cut and emboss die:

Remove the cardstock from the die and color the entire piece using the Burnt Umber marker:

Then, place the die cut back into the die and use the Chocolate Chip marker to go over the embossed areas (Basically, you are coloring all the areas that are cut out of the dies.)

Remove image from die again and whola!--a copper key. I added a little eyelet and piece of hemp just for fun. (I have a hard time just leaving anything alone!)
The key looks real. I think the KEY to this is using the gold cardstock rather than just using a copper cardstock. The Copic markers covers the gold but the gold still shines through a bit and gives this the appearance of metal. It is very cool.
These embellishements are perfect for scrapbook pages, fun tags, cards, etc. Think of all the money (and postage) you can save if you create more of your own embellishments!
If you give this a try, I would love to see it. Drop me a link and I will be sure to check it out!
Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!


Carla said...

I have these dies, Cammie, and I thought this technique was really cool! These dies look good no matter what you do!!

Creations by Patti said...

I love these dies - am practicing restraint. The keys look so great and are the perfect custom 3-D embellishment for any card or album. Thanks for sharing what can be done - LOVE IT

Pinky Roth said...

Cammie, you are right, that key does look so real! Thanks for the tutorial as well...neato idea for sure.


Carolina said...

Wonderful tutorial Cammie! Love this look and I'll have to give it a try soon. Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you're having a great weekend.

Whimsey said...

WOW; thanks for sharing; amazing how 'real' it looks!

Have a great weekend!!

Hugs, ~M.

Judi said...

Great idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

Gabriela said...

Honest to Pete - I LOVE this tutorial! Just awesome!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea Cammie!! I just love those dies!! :) TFS!

Kimberly Crawford said...

VERY cool! What a neat idea!! TFS!!!
Have a super weekend!

liannallama said...

thanks so much for the details!

Deborah Anton said...

How fun!! That is a great set... I haven't seen that one!

Kathleen said...

LOVE those dies! Keys are everywhere---I think I may need them. Thanks for the tutorial---I'd love to make these---first the dies!!

Dawn Easton said...

Super cool Carolyn! TFS!

Starla said...

OOOOOO!! I just placed an order with Spellbinders....DRATS!! I KNEW I should have added that set to my cart!! (insert rolling eyes here_______) Oh well....NEXT time for sure!! hehe
Love how you did this!!

Rose Ann said...

I love your realistic-looking key!! Thanks for a great tutorial, Cammie!!

Anonymous said...

Armageddon Thru To You

If you've been wondering why it seems like the world around us is unraveling, it's because the last days as foretold in the bible are now upon us. Just as it was 2000 years ago, many were unable to discern the signs of Jesus Christ's first coming (Mat 16:3), as will many concerning his second coming, which will occur very soon. Yes many have proclaimed a similar sentiment many times in the past, but their errors have no bearing on today other than to lull you into spiritual apathy, and that too was prophesied to occur in the last days.

If you're not a believer in Jesus Christ because you're an atheist, consider that the underlying impetus for your disbelief is most likely borne of pride and here's why:

When we die, if you as an atheist were right, then there is no upside or downside for anyone regarding the afterlife. We will all simply cease to exist

However if we Christians were right about our belief in the afterlife, then we will be given eternal life and you as an atheist will receive eternal damnation

Given the choices, the position held by an atheist is a fools bet any way you look at it because the atheist has everything to lose and nothing to gain. It is tantamount to accepting a “heads I win, tails you lose” coin toss proposition from someone. And that someone by the way is Satan (see Ephesians 6:12).

The only way to explain the attitude held by an atheist is pride, pure and simple. The intellectually dishonest and/or tortured reasoning used by atheists to try and disprove the existence of God is nothing more than attempts to posture themselves as superior (a symptom of pride). And as anyone who has read their bible knows, this is precisely the character flaw that befell Lucifer, God's formerly most high angel. (Isaiah 14:12-15). Is it any wonder then why the bible is so replete with references to pride as the cause of mankind's downfall?

Pride permeates our lives and burdens us in ways that most of us seldom recognize. Ironically, pride is the one thing that can blind someone to things even the unsighted can see. And sadly pride will blind many with an otherwise good heart, to accepting the offer of eternal salvation that Christ bought and paid for with his life.

In any event, if you're an atheist, I wish you only the best for every day of the rest of your life because for you, this life is as close to heaven as you'll ever get, but for believers in Christ, this life is as close to hell as we'll ever get.

If you're not a believer and follower of Jesus Christ because you are of another faith, please take the time to very carefully compare your faith to Christianity and ask yourself, why is the bible the only religious book with both hundreds of proven prophecies already fulfilled as well as those being fulfilled today? No other religion can claim anything remotely close to this fact. Many Christians who are serious students of bible prophecy are already aware of the role and significance of bible prophecy in foretelling end time events. God gave us prophecy as evidence of his divine holiness to know the begining from the end (Isa 46:10). God also believed prophecy to be so important that to those willing to read the most prophetic book in the bible, the Book of Revelation, he promised a special blessing (see Rev 1:3), and this is the only book in the bible that God gives its reader a special blessing for reading. Something to think about.

Don't risk losing Christ's offer of eternal life by not accepting him as your savior and by thinking that the bible is nothing more than a compilation of unrelated and scattered stories about people who lived 2,000 plus years ago. If you take the time to study (not just read) the bible, you will literally be shocked to learn things you would have never imagined would be revealed in it. Did you know that like parables, God also uses particular months and days in the Jewish calendar, Jewish Feasts and customs, solar and lunar phases, celestial alignments, gematria (Hebrew numerology) early bible events and more as patterns and models to foretell future events?

Consider the following interesting facts about the bible that testify to its God-inspired authorship:

Did you know that in Gen 12:2, God said he would bless Israel?. How else can you explain the grossly disproportionate level of success achieved by Jewish people as a tiny minority in the world, especially after all they have gone through? And how can you explain the success achieved by the tiny nation of Israel, surrounded by enemies outnumbering them 100 to 1 and yet still they remain victorious in all their wars?

Did you know that as evidence to indicate that Israel is the epicenter of the world from God's point of view is the fact that languages to the west of Israel are written and read from left to right as if pointing to Israel, and languages from countries to the east of Israel are written and read from right to left, again as though pointing to Israel. Just a coincidence, you say? I think not.

Did you know that the six days of creation and seventh day of rest in Genesis is a model for the six thousand years of this age (ending very soon), that is to be followed by a 1,000 year millennial reign by Christ (see 2 Peter 3:8)? Adam was born sometime prior to 4000 B.C., therefore our 6000 years are almost up.

Did you kow that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is hidden in the meaning of the Hebrew names listed in the genealogy of the book of Genesis (Research it online)? To deny this was God-inspired, one has to instead believe that a group of Jewish rabbis conspired to hide the Christian Gospel right inside a genealogy of their venerated Torah, which is not a very plausible explanation.

Did you know that solar eclipses, which the bible describes as the sun being black as sackcloth, and lunar eclipses, which the bible refers to as blood red moons, have prophetic meaning? Research it online. God showed Adam (and us) his plan for man's redemption through the use of celestial alignments. (research Mazzaroth online)

Did you know that much of the symbolism in the book of revelation refers to planetary alignments that will occur when certain events occur as prophesied? These planetary alignments also explained the birth of Christ, just search out The Bethlehem Star movie on the Internet.

Did you know that the references in Eze 39:4-17 and Rev 19:17-21 in the battle of Gog/Magog and Armageddon respectively, in which birds of prey will eat the flesh of the dead in battle from two enormous wars is based on fact? The largest bird migration in the world consisting of bilions of birds (34 species of raptors and various carrion birds) from several continents converge and fly over Israel every spring and fall. Coincidence? I think not.

Did you know that Hebrew numerology, also known as Gematria, and the numbers with biblical and prophetic significance are hidden in the Star of David? Google the video called "Seal of Jesus Christ"

Did you know that the seven Churches mentioned at the beginning of the Book of Revelation describe the seven stages the Church will go through?

There are literally hundreds of hidden messages in the bible like these that testify to the fact that the bible was God inspired, and statistically speaking, are all exponentially beyond the likelihood of any coincidence. You can find them yourselves if you only take the time to look into it. Remember Proverbs 25:2 "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings".

And finally, if you are Catholic, or one who subscribes to the emergent Church or seeker-friendly Church movement, please compare the doctrine taught, advocated or accepted by your Church, with the actual bible, notwithstanding some new-age version of the bible. And remember that although the bible is often referred to as the living bible, the word "living" was never intended to imply in any way that the bible "evolves" over time to meet, or be consistent with, the standards of man. It's just the opposite.

Well, am I getting through to you? If not, the answer might be explained in the response given by Jesus Christ in his Olivet discourse when he was asked by his disciples why he spoke the way he did (in parables, etc.) in the book of Matthew 13:10-16. What Jesus said could have easily been paraphrased more clearly as "so that the damned won't get it". Why did Christ respond the way he did when asked why he spoke this way? Is there something about pride (the bible says there is) that closes one's heart to seeing or hearing the messages supernaturally hidden in bible parables, models, typologies, and similes, etc.? That should give you something to think about, but don't take too long. Time is now very short.

If it sometimes seems like there are powers at work behind the powers we know, remember what it says in Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." If you study the bible, it will become clearer.

And by the way, if you are a scoffer, this too was prophesied to occur in the last days. See 2 Peter 3:3.

Thank you and God Bless you! (at)

Tracey said...

Wow! This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing Cammie!!

Mary said...

Well who knew that making the key look copper and so very pretty would be so easy. Thank you very much Cammie. Now I will have to get that set of spellbinders. :)


Anita C said...

Wow!! Who knew it was so easy, I definitely need to go and get that set. Thanks for sharing Cammie!!

specialcraftmom4 said...

Very neat! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

Alex said...

How cool - this turned out fabulous! TFS!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Elena said...

The key really looks like real!
Thank you for the great tutorial, Cammie!