Create an Art Journal that Shimmers

I love to use my ScanNCut when I art journal.  I recently created this page in my art journal:

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The silver foil stars were cut with my ScanNCut, but not in the way you might think!

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Here’s the easy peasey technique:

STEP ONE: Cut shapes from paper.  For this tutorial I’ve used my ScanNCut to cut out some cuts of my handwriting.  For the how-to on cutting your own handwriting with the ScanNCut, watch this tutorial:

I used my deep cut blade to cut up an old Equal box because I wanted my cuts to be thicker than paper.

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I used a “7″ on my deep cut blade.  Your machine may be different.  Be sure to do a test cut first!

STEP TWO: Place foil tape over your shapes, slightly overlapping strips of tape.

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Foil tape (or duct tape) is something you can buy at the hardware store.  I believe it’s used for repairing duct work.  You can also buy large sheets of adhesive backed foil from your craft store if you don’t want seams.

STEP THREE: Rub well, especially down into the crevices of the paper underneath.  Be careful not to pierce the tape.

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Usually I start with my finger and then move onto a tool like a bone folder.

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STEP FOUR: Paint over the top of the foil and allow the paint to dry.  I used black gesso, but you could use any acrylic paint.

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STEP FIVE: Once the paint is dry, sand it.  Where the chipboard is underneath, the foil is raised and you will remove the paint when you sand it.

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You can sand a lot or a little depending on the look you want.

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Note: If there are wrinkles in your foil tape, they will also catch the sandpaper.  This is why it’s important to spend some time smoothing everything down in step #3.

Here’s the final result:

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Pretty darn cool, right?  In person, it really glows and shines!

See you next week!

 


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