Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A CAS card and key chain gift...

This week Paper Maniac is featuring CAS cards.  I made this Thank You for a friend and also wanted a little something to go with it.  I decided to give my new Tim Holtz Fragments a try and  make a key chain that matches my card!  You can find a great tutorial from Tim on how to use Fragments HERE.

Since the key chain would be getting a lot of wear and tear, I also wanted to somehow seal the back.  Sorry I am technically challenged and haven't done the You Tube video thing yet, so I just have photos and explanations, but it is really pretty darn easy!

Here is how I embossed the back.  I rubbed my versamark pad across the back of the key chain.  Make sure your embossing ink pad is nice and juicy!  I also scraped it on the sides, but only in a few places.  Next you want to make sure to have your embossing powder ready.  I used silver.  I dumped on the powder and then set the fragment on a piece of scrap paper.  Make sure that you get your heat gun nice and hot before doing this.

As soon as the powder melts, turn of your heating tool and dump some more powder on and heat again to the point of melting.  At this point you want to have your stamp ready if you are going to stamp into the melty powder.  If you over heat, you get a smokey look under your fragment. (I learned this from experience!)  
I was happy that I didn't get the second coat of powder on the entire thing, because it gives it kind of a distressed look.  You can easily peel the melted embossing powder off of your stamp when you are done, so don't worry about ruining your stamps!

Hope you give this a try!  The Ball and Chain kit is only $3.99 and the Fragment charms are $9.99 for 48 charms in various sizes and shapes.  You can make key chains, necklaces, tags for your cards and scrap book pages and more!  I think my next project will be to make a necklace for myself!  I will make sure to share it with you all when it is finished!

Thanks for stopping by!



BonnieRose said...

this is brilliant.. love it.... so so cute!

StampinCathy said...

This is so cute and that matching keychain is amazing. Thanks for the easy to follower tutorial.

Jan said...

You are one clever gal.... I love the card and the matching key chain! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Crystal said...

Emily sweetie you are soooo creative, you rock gf!!!! This is fabulous!!!!!! Thanks for the fabby tutorial sweetie!