Friday, February 1, 2013

Playing with Peel Offs

The card above shows an interesting technique using Peel-Offs.  Peel-Offs are little plastic stickers, usually in gold or silver, distributed by a variety of companies.  The particular design above is from The Paper Studio, a Hobby Lobby brand.  For the central motif, I cut a 2 inch tile from white mat board.  I placed the heart design Peel Off in the center of the tile, then covered the entire tile with Versamark and then Zing red opaque embossing powder.  I then heated this until the powder melted completely.  Of course at this point the Peel Off is covered by the powder.  But now the magic happens!  I peeled off the sticker and discarded it, revealing the white surface of the tile in the design of the Peel Off.  I now used a gold metallic pen to color the white design.  After the gold ink dried completely I then used a gold pigment ink pad to color the sides of the tile and dipped the sides in gold embossing powder, and then heat embossed the edges, giving a gold edge to the tile.  I mounted the finished tile onto the front of a card which I covered with Valentine scrapbook paper and some red mulberry paper.  A few extra Peel-Offs to the sides and a few gold metallic dot embellishments complete the card.  And the recipient will wonder just how in the world that embellishment was done!