I love dry embossing. Embossing folders create such beautiful patterns, especially on certain materials. Aluminum is the perfect material for embossing. The designs turn out crisp and bold. Check out that honeycomb pattern – isn’t that perfection?
- 38 Gauge Aluminum Sheet
- Honeycomb Embossing Folder
- 3 inch Wood Circle
- Ribbon (Using at least two types creates a more dimensional bow)
- Pencil or pen
- Tombow Glue Runner
Step 2: Cut the aluminum circle out. Don’t cut right on your traced line, leave a little space outside the line.
TIP: As you cut the aluminum, be careful! The edges aren’t too sharp to work with but you could get cut. Consider wearing gloves for extra protection.
Step 4: Adhere the aluminum circle to the wooden circle. I used an adhesive glue runner, which worked perfectly. You could use hot glue but it will likely leave some bumps in the design. Again, be careful handling the aluminum edges.
Step 5: Remember the extra room you left when you cut out the aluminum circle? Use that to cover the edges of your wooden circle. Instead of using your fingers to push the edge of the aluminum down, just press the edge against your crafting surface, making your way around the circle.
TIP: In hindsight, I realized how to create a professional finish. When cutting out the aluminum circle, instead of cutting on your traced line, leave a large gap. Then, when you fold the aluminum over the wooden circle, it will cover a lot of the back of the Christmas ornament. You could place a circle of card stock over that and it would completely hide your edges!
Step 6: Attach a bow to the front of the Christmas ornament. (For a tutorial on making perfect bows, see my recent post.)
Step 7: Create a ribbon loop and glue it to the back of the ornament.