Monday, June 22, 2020

An Altered Metal Envelope

I’ve used two of the June Très Jolie offerings – the Mixed Media Kit, containing several new mediums and a metal envelope from BCI Crafts, and the Cards, Tags and More Kit, featuring a pretty collection from Simple Stories – to create a wall hanging.


Here’s how it all came together.


I started by creating a couple of test patches on the back of the metal piece. First, I applied the crackle paste straight from the jar. Next, I added a healthy dollop of the Magical powder to the same paste and spread it on the surface.


I allowed it to dry completely and decided to use the Magical mixture. (I sanded these patches off later.)


I placed a piece of scrap paper inside the envelope and proceeded to cover the front of the envelope. As you can see, the paste is thick; I applied this very quickly before it became unspreadable.


Dried and crackled; my project was ready for the next step. (By the way, it didn’t occur to me to prime the metal with clear gesso to give it “teeth. I do wish I had done this.)

Next, I took the crackled envelope and a bottle of Krylon matte finish outside and sprayed the crackle surface, allowed it to dry, and sprayed it again to seal the paste. (It’s important to do this outdoors; the fumes are intense.) This spray dries almost instantly, but I kept it outside for about a half hour to be certain that it was set.


I coated the inside “flap” with matte gel medium…


…covered it with a sheet from the paper pad that I had cut to measure and treated the edges with gilding polish.


I selected a piece from the sticker sheet and covered the back with cornstarch to undo the adhesive coating.


I placed a couple of pieces of foam tape to the back of the sticker to give it dimension...


…and adhered it to the base.


I traced the shape of the chalkboard pieces onto two of the journaling cards from the paper pad, cut them out and glued them on, using matte gel medium. The edges and clothespins were coated with gilding polish.


I dusted off a leaf punch and created some vines out of the Lemon Craft paper from the Cards Kit.


I used my scraps to punch out some butterflies.

A few flowers from the kits…

…and some butterflies, inked and backed with packaging…


…and a few of the vines, inked and placed under the flowers completed my project.


(I’ll talk about those tags in my main image in my next post.)





***Très Jolie June Mixed Media Kit***

BCI Crafts – Salvaged – Copper Patina Metal Envelope – 9 x 10 #METENV

Darice – Floral Embellishments – White – 12 Pcs #30061976

Craft Smart – Chalkboard Clothespins – 2 Pcs #321174

Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Magical – Bougainvillea Fuchsia

Creative Expressions – Cosmic Shimmer – Crackle Paste – Frosted Aqua

Creative Expressions – Metallic Gilding Polish – Silver Hessian


***Très Jolie June Cards, Tags and More Kit***

Simple Stories – Simple Vintage Garden District Collection – 6 x 6 Paper Pad #12515

Simple Stories – Simple Vintage Garden District Collection – 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers – Banner #12502

Lemon Craft – Yesterday – A4 Basics Paper Collection – Leaves 01 – 3 Sheets #LZP-LVS01

Darice – Floral Embellishments – Sweetwater Roses – 12 Pcs #30062046



Hug Snug – Seam Binding – White

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Hickory Smoke #142098

Liquitex – Professional – Matte Gel Medium #5321

Krylon – Matte Finish #1311

Art Institute – Glitter Glue – Dries Clear Adhesive

Uline – Heavy Duty Double-Sided Foam Tape – ½” x 36 Yds – White #S-7824W



Martha Stewart – Extra Large Punch – Leaf Branch #42-39006

Martha Stewart – Craft Punch – Monarch Butterfly #42-30002

Martha Stewart – Craft Punch – Classic Butterfly #283010



As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.



  1. your notes on finishing the metal are very helpful—i have some pieces that are aging—now they will be better with your tips. thanks.

    1. And thank YOU for your kind comment...
      (Just take to heart what I said about laying a base coat of clear gesso first. I really do wish it had occurred to me...)