Show Me Sunday - A Tutorial by Brenda!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Today I want to show you a little bronzing technique I thought of using the Cuttlebug and the brayer.

Here's an example of what you can do with the paper you've bronzed.
Read on to see how easy it is to create this type of look for a variety of paper crafting projects.  :-)

To begin, you will need a piece of dark colored cardstock that contains a 
white inner core.
This is a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Cocoa from Close To My Heart.

Next, head to your Cuttlebug.
I'm showing you a picture of my Cuttlebug station.  (Folders are alphabetical and stored for easy use.)

For this project I'm using the Cuttlebug folder "Stylized Flowers."  When you do this technique, you will want to pick the folder best suits your project.
(Storage Tip:  Notice how I cut away just the top section of plastic?  It creates a pocket and makes it super easy to grab the folder I need.)

Here's a picture of my Cuttlebug sandwich: A plate, B plate, folder with cardstock inside, and a B plate on top.  :-)

This is what the paper looks like after going through the Cuttlebug.

Using a sanding file or piece of sanding paper secured to something straight, gently sand the dry embossed image to reveal part of the white inner core.  Pretty cool, eh?

Here's what it looks like all sanded the way I wanted it.
But wait!  There's more!  :-)

Take your brayer and a light tan ink like Bamboo (shown here) from Close To My Heart.
Use the brayer to gently apply ink to the dry embossed image.
(Note: For best results, be sure you do not push on the brayer as you roll.)

Here's a little bonus picture of me brushing on Cocoa ink around the edges--just to add a little more depth to the paper.

And here's another look at how I used the finished paper on a project.

This little bronzing technique is fun and easy.  I hope I've inspired you to try something like this at home!

Brenda Frerichs
(Frosted Designs Card Sketch Design Team Member)


11 Responses to “Show Me Sunday - A Tutorial by Brenda!”

Linda w said...

It's agreat technique, I'll be giving that a try. I love how you store your folders and neat trick of cutting the plastic to create a pocket. Great tips. Hugs the finished card too.

Ann said...

Great tutorial, Brenda! I alway love the things you do!!!!

Pia S said...

This is a great tip - I will definetely try this!

Chicken said...

What a beautiful card- I must try this technique!

Brenda said...

Wonderful tutorial!!

Elaine said...

Fab tutorial Brenda Great card Hugs Elaine

Scrappin Thread said...

This is great, Brenda! I love how that looks! Thank you for sharing your tutorial. Hugs, Beverly

Skrimp N Skrap said...

Beautiful technique. Just got some new embossing folders I have another way to have fun with them. THANKS!

Laurie LaRiviere said...

very cool!!love this, I may have to buy a cuttlebug!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, ladies, for all of the great comments. I'm glad I could share this fun technique with you! :-)

Debeez Designs said...

Great idea thanks for sharing :)