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Metal Tape Art

Both cards today are so shiny and metallic that it made the taking of the pictures very difficult.  This is me visiting another very old technique.

Because only Phil and Theresa could make the class today I was tempted to cancel but in the end decided to go ahead.

Today was all about Metal Tape Art and below are just a few of the elements that were used in the making of the piece.

The aluminium metal tape (think electricians use it) and the mesh (used for taping up plasterboard) are both useful things to have in your crafty stash.


Metal tape can be used in lots of different ways but today we applied it as a patchwork onto the card.

Firstly we dry embossed a piece of 13.5cm x 13.5cm card then added the paperclips, die cut letters and lastly the sticky mesh.  Next step was to add pieces of metal tape over the top of everything before burnishing with an embossing tool.  After all was stuck down and thoroughly burnished we added a layer of black acrylic paint.  Leave to dry for a few moments before wiping the paint off with paper towels.  Alcohol ink was applied where you think it is needed.  The stamped image came last and then was smothered with Glossy Accents.  See, told you everything was shiny.


This card was completed after the class had finished and as you can see I had more time to play around with different die cuts and alcohol inks.  Funny enough alcohol inks are something that I use very rarely but this time I had fun with them.

I was going to add a stamped image onto the circle die as I did with the above card but decided to leave as is because it reminded me of a mini globe of the world.



4 Responses to “Metal Tape Art”

  1. Brenda says:

    I want to go play Shirely, love all that texture and my fingers are itching to reach out and feel and the hints of blue on the second really draw the eye into the piece.

    B x

  2. Crafty friend says:

    Shirley I just love it my favourite would be the vintage love it well done friend xxx

  3. Craftyfield says:

    Me too… I have the aluminium tape roll (just as big as yours) but not the plasterer tape which looks way too big for me! A great technique, perfect for the Steampunk vibe. xx

  4. Donna Ellis says:

    Hi, Shirl! Thank you for including me in your fantastic class today. I have never been to a mixed media class or a class that uses these items in these techniques. Now I want to go play and try these techniques, but in reality, it will be a little while before I can do that. So both of your incredible projects have been pinned to my board and I will try at a later date. Looks like so much fun! Hugs, de

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