Sunday, May 4, 2014

Metal Garden Stakes

This project is something that was presented at a regional seminar a few years back and I've always wanted to try it.  And maybe even do a class on it!

It was my best stamping friend's birthday last month, so what better reason than to make some for her to enjoy and put in her garden and show her stamping customers.  I brought out the metal flashing, 14 gauge galvanized wire and aviator snips to my stamping studio.  These are all items that you can get at your local hardware store/big box retail hardware store.

The first thing I had to do was add a splash of color to the metal.  I could have used copper flashing, but it's very expensive compared to the aluminum flashing.  After cutting my roll of flashing into smaller, manageable pieces, I took some outside and used Rustoleum Spray Paint for Metal and gave it some time to dry (overnight worked best).

When it was ready, I used the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die to cut out the butterfly shape.  Then I ran the butterfly shape through the Big Shot again using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Embossing Folder to get the raised dots.  I lightly sanded the top of the butterfly in order to get the aluminum to show up just in the raised dot areas.

You can use lots of different Bigz dies, embossing folders and even some Framelits worked to cut the flashing.  Lots of fun to experiment!

I was thinking I might do a class as this would be good for adults and kids alike.  Would you take this class?

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