I am really in gold and silver lately, gilding and soldering, all things metal! That being said, I live in a papercrafty world and there is not much metal that is lightweight and practical to use in scrapbook projects and albums. The best way to get the look of metals to create a faux finish on a lightweight embellishment, like the Epiphany Crafts Vintage Settings.

Gather embossing powder, a ColorBox Pigment Inkpad, a heat gun, and several Epiphany Crafts Vintage Settings. 

Lightly press the Vintage Setting, face-down, into the ink. Then press into a pile of gold embossing powder. Lightly tap to remove the extra powder. Set with a heat gun and allow to cool. 

The effect is a gilded, vintage style cabochon embellishment, perfect with “The Coral Couture Collection” from Die Cuts With A View.

As a papercrafter and Mixed Media Artist I am often trying to adhere different media together: paper to plastic, wood to acrylic, fabric to cardboard, and so on. I create mini books quite often and these go through alot of handling so a strong, invisible adhesive is important. Many times in the past I have turned to hot glue because there was no viable alternative, however, hot glue burns fingers, leaves bothersome glue strings, and sometimes the heat damages projects.

Thank goodness for Tombow's The Craft Collection Power Adhesive Tabs . Think “clear foam dot” and then some! The Power Adhesive Tabs  can hold up to 6.5 ounces of weight per tab–that is more than 10 sheets of 12×12 paper with one Tab! 

The Power Adhesive Tabs add a touch of dimension with SUPER holding power. Don't let the kraft colored backing fool you–these Tabs are crystal clear and perfect for working on dimensional projects where you don't want the adhesive to detract from the design.

For more details about this album, check out this post on the Tombow Blog:  http://blog.tombowusa.com/2012/04/11/the-power-to-adhere-everything-by-jennifer-priest/

Happy Creating!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “Solving Two Problems With One Bird Album

  1. love this. totally need to check out this adhesive…and the faux metal. my projects get way too heavy.

    Posted on April 14, 2012 at 1:37 am
  2. love this idea..the faux metal vintage look is a marvelous touch I like a lot. and always looking for some great adhesives. thank you Jennifer for sharing

    Posted on April 14, 2012 at 7:52 am
  3. LOVE the faux metal look!!! Beautiful project!

    Posted on April 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm
  4. love this, beautiful!

    Posted on April 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm
  5. Can you say GORGEOUS!!!

    Posted on April 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm