Blue Christmas - the sour cream and salt process

Blue Christmas - the sour cream and salt process. Created for my PaperCraftPlanet Cuttlebug-ers Challenge #87. Which is to use your bug to cut a metallic tag ( I used Spellbinders Labels #9).
To cut the tag you may have to shim it up quite a bit. But start thin and work your way up. My sandwich is A Plate, B Plate, die, metal, B Plate, Two Tim Holtz grunge board sheets and two pieces of cardstock. I had to run it through my bug two or three times to finally get it cut all the way around the die.

The Sour Cream and Salt Process -
Before I get to my card I really want to explain my technique. You see, I know acid will tarnish/distress copper. But, THIS card wreaked havoc on my brain. I just couldn't get it to look the way I wanted, sort of an antiqued copper with some verde de gris. However, that said, I am mighty pleased with my finish product. I took my Copper and cleaned it up with some Ranger Inkssentials water - based Stamp Cleaner. Then I stamped the Reindeer from Layers of Color Reindeer Waltz in tourquoise ink, (note ink color doesn't really matter because) I embossed with clear embossing powder. Then the fun becgan, NOT! I took a sponge brush and painted the sour cream over the surface of my piece fo copper, covering up my reindeer. Then I sprinkle wet salt all around. I heated the surface with my heat gun for about 20 seconds. Then set it aside to assemble the rest of my card. I came back to my copper, placed it under the faucet and rinsed/scrubbed the salt and sour cream away and Voila! I used my tourquoise and brown ink pads with my daubers to distress the vanilla cardstock. I cut 2 of the Grand Labels #4 for my matte and distressed with more of the brown ink.

So if you are up to a challenge please join us over on PCPCuttlebug-ers this week. I'd love to see what you can do with this challenge. Remember the only required part of the challenge is to cut a tag from metal with your 'Bug".

T%dles Peeps!
Betty aka ZacksNana


Wow, the copper effect is fabulous! I also love the shape and pretty holly ribbon! Bravo!
Jennie said…
I have never heard about the sour cream and salt technique, turned out just fabulous. The reindeer looks great and what festive ribbon!
Lovely Linda said…
Hello Betty - this is fabulous! I love that reindeer and have been using it myself lately for some posts soon - it looks fabulous with this technique!! I have never used the sour cream and salt techniques and am intrugued! Thanks for the inspiration Betty - love it! {{{hugs}}}
Linda LOC Design Team
Anonymous said…
Now this is quite different!! How interesting!! I love new techniques and this is one looks very pretty on your card!! TFS!! HUGS
Robyn said…
Betty I love this technique and your card is wonderful....any chance you could punch a hole into the top and use it as a gift of a Christmas Ornament in combination with the card...double duty?

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