How to make an Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket with K & S Precision Metals
If you like the look of old embossed tin, the Embossed Metal Envelope Pocket
is a simple project to create. (easy to follow instructions below)
I’m always up for a new crafty challenge,
so, when asked if I wanted to try the colored aluminum foils
from K & S Precision Metals, of course, I said yes.
These thick colored aluminum foils are not like your mother’s aluminum foil.
They are thick enough to bend and manipulate but thin enough to be able to cut with scissors.
And you don’t have to worry about cuts like from thicker metals. (this is fun stuff)
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for K & S Precision Metals. I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas. The view and opinions are my own.
Materials Used: (*affiliate links)
- K & S Precision Metals Blue Aluminum Foil*
- 3 ½” x 5″ Envelope*
- Deco Art White Birch Multi-Media Paint*
- Xyron Creative Station®*
- Small Ball Stylus*
- Bone Folder*
- Scissors and Ruler*
- Ribbon, Twine*
- Floral Foam from Dollar Tree*
- Small Faux Flowers from Dollar Tree*
- Broken Silver Barrette
- Rapid Fuse All Purpose Adhesive*
- Hole Punch*
- Scroll Graphic for Tracing
- White Cardstock
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I could have used the metal as it comes, but I wanted it to be slightly thicker, so I double it up with cardstock in the middle. It also helped it hold the embossed shape.
- I used an unfolded small white envelope as my pattern.
- Measure and cut a piece of colored foil slightly larger than the unfolded envelope.
- To add adhesive on the back of the foil, place the foil colored-side up on the Xyron Creative Station®*. Turn the handle of the Creative Station to run the foil through. As it runs through, it adds complete adhesive covering on the underneath side of the foil.
- Place the foil onto a piece of white cardstock the same size.
- If you’re not artistically inclined, you can easily find a swirly scroll pattern to print and use as a pattern.
- Place the foil with the cardstock side up onto a soft surface. Tape the swirly scroll pattern onto the back of the cardstock.
- Using medium to firm pressure, use a small ball stylus* to trace around the design to transfer it to the foil.
- Remove the pattern from the back of the cardstock.
- Trace around the opened envelope onto the back of the cardstock.
- Cut the envelope shape using scissors.
- Cut a second piece of foil the same size as the first and repeat the adhesive and embossing process, except do not add the foil to the cardstock. Place this piece of foil onto the back of the cardstock and retrim the envelope shape.
- Use a ruler and bone folder to mark your envelope fold lines.
- Paint over the foil with white multi-surface acrylic paint to give the pocket a brushed denim look.
- Make sure to paint in one direction only.
- Once the paint has dried, lightly sand over the embossed areas with a sanding block.
- The sanding makes the embossed areas stand out.
- Glue the edges of the pocket using rapid fuse all purpose adhesive*.
- Tie a 1″ piece of ribbon around the envelope pocket. I added a little bling using a broken silver barrette.
- Cut a thin slice of floral foam* and place it inside the pocket. Stick small flower stems into the floral foam. (Both the floral foam and the flower stems were from Dollar Tree*.)
- Punch two small holes in the envelope and add a piece of twine for hanging.
- Add the embossed pocket to the middle of a boxwood wreath for a simple and elegant wreath decoration.
More great designer projects using K & S Precision Metal on the DCC Blog.