If you bought aluminum duct tape for the embossed tins project on Day 2, here is another craft project you can make using it. If you didn’t buy it yet, you should because now there are two great projects you can make using this supply!
I have been doing lots of looking around online for project ideas for 30 Days of Creativity. I wanted variety, economy and originality. I found this wonderful tutorial at Gingersnap Creations for making these charms and share it with you. I will also outline the basic idea.
Aluminum duct tape is thin metal tape with a very sticky backing. I found mine at a hardware store. To make a charm you put a piece of tape on card stock, punch out (or cut) two of the same shape, and glue the two shapes together with the card stock on the inside and the metal tape on the outside.
Note: When I went back and read the tutorial over I realized that Penny at Gingersnap Creations adds an additional layer of card stock to her charms! I didn’t read this very carefully the first time in my excitement at trying out the project. So her charms are thicker than mine. I’m happy with my version but love the many variations she shows on her site. If you do make thicker charms, you will probably want to go around the edge with silver pen.
You can stamp (use StazOn or another permanent ink) designs or text onto the charm, or stamp and emboss the charm after making it or emboss your design on the paper first and then press the metal tape over the design. Rub over it with a brayer or your finger to get all the tape pressed firmly over the design. This means you can make charms with any stamp you have! I was really having fun with these and have ideas for more variations I still want to try.
Another way to embellish the charm is to use chipboard, foam or felt shapes and adhere them to the card stock before covering with the foil tape (the “Create” tag was done this way). Rub over the shapes with your finger or gently with something like a pencil eraser. I tried it with an embossing tool and it left marks on the foil, so be careful. To further enhance the design, color all or part of the design (I used Sharpies and StazOn ink). Carefully rub off some of the ink with paper towel to show the design or run a sanding block softly over the surface a few times.
Once you’ve finished with the charm, punch a small hole and add a jump ring, cord or ribbon and add your new charms to cards or other creations. Tomorrow: cards using Aluminum Charms.
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