Embossing metal is fun and easy requiring only a few items which you probably already have on hand. It makes creating customized 3D embellishments for your projects possible and they look so authentic.
First of all, you will need a piece of foil. It needs to be reasonably thick so I often use foil pans which can be bought inexpensively or you might even find in your recycle bin. You might also want to consider any foil seal you find on a variety of cans or containers. The one above came off of a coffee tin but you can sometimes find them on cans of nuts or yogurt. You will also need a block of wood. Here I am using a wood mount from a stamp which I have unmounted but it could be one from the toy box or the workshop.
Just rub the edge of the wood block over the foil to remove any wrinkles or embossing and make the surface nice and smooth.
Once it is nice and smooth, cut your shape out. Here I cut a circle for creating the badge I was making for a card. I used my Nestibilities but you could easily use any other die or even hand cut the shape you want.
Embossing requires a forgiving surface beneath your metal. Here I have used a piece of fun foam but a stack of newspaper works just as well.
I wanted a star in the middle of my shape so I centered a star die cut (SX) on the back of my shape and lightly traced it on to the metal using a pencil. You could hand draw your image or place a printed image over it and trace lightly to transfer the image to the metal. Be sure to reverse any image or words before you emboss so it will be right reading on the front.
Next, I embossed the image into the metal by tracing the shape with my pencil pressing medium hard. You have to be careful because if you press too hard you will pierce the metal. You are better off to trace the shape several times more lightly rather than to press too hard and risk making a hole where you do not want one.
You can see above what the star looks like on the front - the outline is raised up - embossed - in the metal.
I turned it over and embossed a few more details - dots, another frame and shapes in between the arms of the star.
This is what it looks like from the front. You can see here that I debossed (indented) the shapes between the arms of the star by applying pressure with my pencil from the front. So as you go on, you can choose to emboss from the back and deboss from the front any of the elements you wish to add to your creation.
You can see from the finished piece that I added some embossing inside the star as well as dots on the outside edge while I debossed all the shapes between the arms. You could certainly also choose to pierce your metal embellishment. I would suggest using a push pin over a stryrofoam tray to get uniform holes. I would suggest piercing from the front so that the ragged edges created end up on the back of your creation. Consider colouring your embossed metal embellishment using permanent markers like Sharpies or alcohol inks.
I used 3D foam tape to adhere my shape to my scalloped circle but you could also use brads, staples, stitching, nails or eyelets to secure your 3D embellishment once you have created it!!