Sunday

Mirror Stamping

No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to rubber stamp like a pro. I take all the right steps only to have a big blank space in the middle, or half is stamped correctly but the other half is too light or it's blurred. What's a girl to do? I have found that embossing powder covers a multitude of sins. 
I am the happy recipient of a bunch of leather samples from a furniture store sale (substitute thrift store purse, old leather jacket or even pleather) so I decided to try embossing on it. I inked my stamp with gold pigment ink and carefully (as carefully as I can) stamped onto the leather. I sprinkled metallic embossing powder over the inked design. The excess powder was shaken onto a piece of copy paper and a soft artist's brush was used to lightly remove any stray bits. The paper was folded and the powder was poured back into the container.

Use a heat gun (not a hair dryer) to melt the powder. Magically, the design raises up and turns shiny. No one will ever know how badly you suck at stamping.
There was a frame in my stash with a large flat surface. Perfect for this project. I painted it black in case there were any gaps. With Elmer's Glue-All, I glued down all of my stamped leather samples that were embossed in gold, copper or silver. To hide any imperfections where the pieces didn't meet exactly, I added flower-like upholstery tacks. I ran a little low so I used plain, domed tacks around the edge. Place a mirror in the opening.
Now I could see this for sale at a high end boutique. Or you could tell your friends that you brought it back from your travels to Marrakesh in the 60's. (we all need to embellish emboss our pasts just a little)

12 comments:

Michelle said...

I love this! I have the same trouble with stamps too sometimes.
Thanks for posting this, you are so clever and I enjoy your posts quite a bit. And yes, I have been known as an "embosser" of my past now and then.LOL!

AuntLou said...

Brilliant! :)

Donna Wilkes said...

Came over from Nifty Thrifty to see the frame. I love the idea of using the embossing powder. I love to stamp and will stamp on just about anything. However, after reading your post on the number tags, I bought embossing powder and a heat gun. I proceeded to blow powder everywhere, so I am now afraid of it. After reading this maybe I can retry the method! :>D

Distressed Donna Down Home

Artsy VaVa said...

This is so cool! It turned out great!

Fielding said...

beautiful stamps thanks for sharing Copy For Your Information Xstamper Stock Stamp

Gail said...

Donna- Embossing powder will fly around just like any powder unless it has a reason not to. In this case, the powder gets stuck on the pigment ink. In the case of the french enameled number tags, the heated metal, melts the powder. That is why placing embossing powder on a dry surface and blowing it with a heat gun will fail. You can stamp your tags with a clear ink such as VersaMark and then heat it with a gun. That will work.

Gail

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

We are on the same embossing wavelength this week! It's so much fun, isn't it?! And your mirror looks Fabulous!! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

ebru said...

This looks sooo fabulous! Like you said, you can easily see it at an expensive shop. Very clever, very very nice :) İ found your blog from Flaunt it Friday just now and i want to browse all the old posts now :) take care

creativejewishmom.com said...

gorgeous! thanks so much for sharing your craftyness on craft schooling Sunday!

creativejewishmom.com said...

gorgeous! thanks so much for sharing your craftyness on craft schooling Sunday!

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albina N muro said...

No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to rubber stamp like a pro. I take all the right steps only to have a big blank space in the middle, or half is stamped correctly but the other half is too light or it's blurred. italy

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