Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Using Copper

Hi everyone! 
Today I'm sharing a technique that I've used on a couple of projects (though I can't show pictures of the projects just yet ;) ). 
I have some pieces of copper here that have been "printed" on and thought, "how can I incorporate these on a layout?". I've put together some photo collages to show you a super easy way of making them layout-ready.

1 & 2: So, you can see in pic 1 above, what the copper sheet looked like originally, and in pic 2 you can see that it is kind of raised in places, almost like it's embossed. 
3: I made my 'sandwich' to run it through my Big Shot to flatten it out.
4:Through we go! You'll see I've used a piece of cardboard in my 'sandwich' (which I think they call a shiv - when you use something extra in the 'sandwich'). This just makes the whole thing a bit thicker as it's going through and gives a little more padding to squash down when you're using thin materials.

1: You can see the copper is now completely flat.
2: I cut off the amount I needed, and...
3: ...placed it in a die to cut out some butterfly shapes.
4:Through it goes again, this time without the extra padding. 

1: So, the cuts and embossed patterns can now be seen in the copper. I used scissors to cut a split near the outline of a butterfly, and was then able to pull the shape carefully out. 
2: Here are the butterflies once they've been cut out. Very effective.
3: Next, I used the off-cut from the original piece I flattened, put it in an embossing folder, and ran it through the Big Shot.
4: The copper is now embossed!

Voil√†! All done, and ready to use on my next project! 

I hope this has inspired you to try something a little different with things you might have lying around the house. 

Thanks for looking :) 
Catie xx


  1. Love it. It looks like fun and sooooo cool.

  2. wow it is amazing that when you scrapbook you can use just about anything this is great

    1. So true Gayle! We have a world of options available to us! Hope this has inspired you to try something different :)

  3. What an awesome idea Catie! Can't wait to see the finished project.

  4. I love these. The copper gives them a rustic look that is warm and inviting. I've worked with copper using vinegar to create that greenish tinge some scrapbookers use. They were OK but I like the coloring of these much better. I'm making a scrapbook for my daughter who is about to get married. These match their butterfly theme.

    Brandi Bradley @ Rotax Metals