I’m still wishing for spring to arrive, and my thoughts seemed to be focused on spring projects. I have an easy one to share with you today.
I love banners. They are a great way to dress up a mantel for any holiday. Who doesn’t need some little bunnies in their Easter decor? These little bunnies are so cute with their rustic look, bright colors, shiny metal, and fun textures. We are sharing how to make your own metal embossed Easter Bunny Banner.
Info on Metal Used: People have asked me if the metal I use has sharp edges. This tooling metal (38 gauge) is pretty soft and pliable. It cuts easily with ordinary household scissors and is slightly thicker than a disposable tin foil backing pan. As long as your cut edges are clean, you shouldn’t have any issues handling the metal. Don’t get me wrong, if you rub the side of the metal in just the wrong way, you will get cut, just like you would with paper and the resulting paper cut.
Skill Level: Beginner
- 38 gauge aluminium tooling foil
- painters tape
- soft embossing surface (I used a rubber mat, you can substitute with a magazine; stacked newspapers or a piece of suede)
- Bunny pattern (I printed mine from the Internet)
- Teflon Stylist embossing tool (you can use a dull pencil)
- various embossing pattern folders (used in paper crafting)
- Paper stump
- craft paint for multi surfaces
- paint brush
- fine sandpaper (optional to get a rustic look)
- cotton balls
- glue (I used a jewelry glue that works well for metal – found in all craft stores)
- hole punch
- grommets or eyelets (optional)
- hammer (optional: to set the eyelets)
- eyelet setter (optional)
- Spray acrylic sealer
Remove the paper pattern and you will see the outline of the pattern on your metal. This becomes the front side of your project.
Using stencils (I used embossing folders commonly used in paper crafting), place your metal front side up on the stencil. Using a paper stump, rub over the area that you want the pattern to appear. Make sure you get the whole pattern showing with all the details.
Here is a picture of the type of stencils I used and paper stumps:
Here are a few of mine that are have the rubbing completed:
Next, turn your metal over on a soft surface and with the teflon stylist, press firmly and draw the outline of the bunny. (Tip: Don’t press too hard or you will puncture the metal).
Place your metal piece front side up on your hard surface. Using the teflon stylist, define the outside line of the pattern. The idea is to make a nice smooth defined line.
Here is a piece that has been fully defined:
Using scissors, cut out your pattern. (Tip: you want to cut just outside of the pattern line you defined). Paint each piece in the color of your choice.
NOTE: The next step is optional if you want a rustic look or the metal to shine through. If you like the look in the above picture, skip to step 7.
Step 6 (OPTIONAL):
I decided that I wanted a more rustic look with some of the metal showing. After the paint was completely dry, I used a fine sanding pad (you can use a fine grit piece of sandpaper), I lightly and in a circular motion sanded off some of the paint.
I lightly sprayed each piece with a clear acrylic sealer and let that dry. Using jewelers glue, I attached 1/2 a cotton ball to each bunny tail. I just cut the cotton balls in half with a scissors. I punched two holes for the ribbon to slide through and added grommets (eyelets can be used as well). The grommets/eyelets help the ribbon to slide through easily and gives the project a more finished look.
String the finished bunnies with ribbon of your choice and hang!
Embossing is made so easy with the use of stencils! Hope you found the tutorial informative and helpful.
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