As I was creating samples for CHA, I shared photos of this 3D star project on my Facebook page and on Instagram. (By the way, I share lots of peeks of projects there as I am working on them. If you use either service, I would love it if you would follow me there too!) I was blown away by all the love it got! I got a ton of requests for a tutorial for it. I promise to break it down in steps asap. Until then though, I wanted to share some of the detail photos I have of it.
This project is so super easy to make and really quick! Begin with a 6″x6″ block of wood. I used an already finished wooden plaque that I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I used Ranger 1/4″ wide copper Memory Foil Tape to wrap the sides of the plaque. You could cut and use strips of Vintaj Arte Foil as well. Since I had the tapes on hand already, I used them. I had to use two strips on each side to cover the sides of the plaque.
For the top of the plaque, I debossed a piece of Vintaj copper Arte Foil using the Vintaj Sizzix Iron Scrollwork 6×6 Textured Impressions Folder. To debooss with the folder, you simply flip it over and place your material facing the side of the folder that you normally consider the back. The Vintaj Arte Foil is adhesive on the back, so simply peel away the backing and adhere the debossed foil onto the front of the plaque.
To create the star, apply a piece of copper Vintaj Arte Foil onto a piece of manila cardstock. The cardstock base will allow you to add dimension to the foil without it smashing. Die cut the star using the Tim Holtz Star Bright 3D Star die. Use the larger star. Place the die cut star inside the Iron Scrollwork Textured Impressions folder. This time, make sure to place the copper side of the die cut facing the top side of the folder (opposite as before). Run the embossing folder through your die cutting machine. You may not be able to see all of your score lines as usual because of the thickness of the materials. They are all straight lines so you should be able to recreate any as needed with a scoring tool.
I have made this star before using embossed foils and had to piece the embossing together since other folders are smaller than the die cut. Because the new Vintaj folders are 6×6, I can fit the whole star die cut in the folder and emboss it with no piecing! I love that!
Use a paint brush to paint Vintaj Onyx Patina onto the sides of the plaque. Apply Patina onto the corners and edges of the front of the plaque. I left the center of the plaque plain to let the copper shine and to create a nice base for the star. Painting it black as well as the star would make the star disappear into the background. Use a paper towel to blot any excess Patina. Use a Vintaj Reliefing Block to buff the raised portions of the front of the plaque. Paint the copper on the star using a solid coat of Onyx Patina. After just a moment or two, use a paper towel to blot the patina. Buff over the star with a Vintaj Reliefing Block.
Fold the star along the score lines again and adhere it to the center front of the plaque. So easy! And how cool does the finished piece look? I have seen similar dimensional metal star decor pieces in stores. I love that with a few simple supplies I can make my own!