Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Metal Madness

Just because you spend a lot of time on something does not mean it is your current go-to project. Sometimes, it's just a little bit of play to remind you that you want this project front and center later down the road.

I have been playing with metal ATCs (artist trading cards) - they are like potato chips, you can't have just one.  Before I knew it, I had half a dozen.

These are all made by covering a piece of cardboard with metal repair tape (from the hardware store).  An extra wide roll is wide enough to cover the card, plus it is adhesive on the back.  Most of these started with shapes cut out with a punch or freehand, with the shape attached to the card before covering the whole thing with tape. Then I used various tools to make marks and designs.  The final touch was to color with alcohol inks.  Some of these will still get some sort of embellishment on them.
This one above is in progress.  You can see the scrap cardstock on the left with the holes in it.  It was left over from making a spiral bound book with my Bind-it-All.  I got a piece out of the trash to put on the ATC.  I also added tissue tape to the right.  It is awaiting its coloring and doodads.

I have also started an altered book to house these eventually.  Because I'm a copycat, that's why.
 It all started when I saw these ATCs that Gaye made a few months ago.  I knew I had to make some too.
She put hers in this metal book she has worked on off and on over the past several years.
It's so hard to get good pictures of metal without the flash blinding you, but you get the idea.
So, as I said, this is not my main project right now, but I can't seem to stop working on it. 
And by the way, a true friend is someone who lets you steal their ideas and they don't mind one bit.


Caatje said...

I love this! I didn't even know there was such a thing as metal repare tape, sounds like something I really really need (ahem).
Gayes book is breathtaking by the way, you can tell her I said that. ;-)

Pat said...

This is one of those things that has many different names and is sold by different companies, so I hope you can find some! It is used to seal up ducts for heating and cooling systems in homes, and other uses. I like the 3 inch wide because it covers the whole card. It is most commonly found in width of 2 inch or less, which means you have to piece it together to cover the card.

Here is what it looks like, though there are many other brand names that sell it:

gaye said...

Thanks Caatje, but this idea has been around for a long time. My metal book was done back in 2006. And Connie Newbanks brought the idea back last month , teaching a program to our Calligraphy group. The pictures don't really show how really cool these cards are. You must definitely make some. Pat's are really cool.

kluckingbear said...

You've inspired me to copycat your copycatting! I just love this book and the projects you're adding to it. I just love metal tape! Thanks for sharing.