Embossed metal tape technique - plus a blog hop with a giveaway!

It's the first Monday, which means it's time for a new blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection! This month we're sharing our favorite craft technique. After you finish here, click on the DCC logo over to the right there in the sidebar and hop to the next blog. Look for the same logo on each blog's sidebar to continue hopping. Details for entering the DCC giveaway are at the end of this post!

I have way too many favorite techniques to count, so this is the newest technique I just learned from my friend Lisa...embossing metal tape.

You start with a wood or heavy cardstock panel - mine is just 5" x 7". Create a composition of textural, slightly raised elements and glue them down. I used heavy jute twine, chipboard shapes, and a piece of die-cut metal screen.

Then place strips of wide aluminum tape across the top and wrap around to the back. Use a dull stylus to gently press and rub the tape to smooth it out so it hugs all the lines and textures. The tip of a small paintbrush handle works well. Go easy, the tape can tear if your stylus is too sharp. I used a metal texture tool and my fingernail in the flat areas to add some interest to the surface.

Then I painted it with alcohol inks, lined the edges with a black marker and added a little bling on top. Pretty fun!

To celebrate National Craft Month, our Designer Crafts Connection has a fabulous selection of products from FabScraps to give away - click here to see this collection featured on Scrapbook Soup. You'll get this super cute chipboard purse album, die cut roses, papers, tags and more.    

To enter to win, hop through the blogs and then leave a comment on whichever blogs have the technique you think will be your new favorite (pick me, pick me!) and then visit Julie McGuffee's Life in the Craft Lane blog to leave a comment there saying which technique(s) you liked...you have so many chances to win! Julie will pick a winner from all the comments in the hop at the end of March. Good luck!