088 Treble Clef Wall Hanging Project
#088 - Treble Clef Wall Plaque
or Papercast Scrapbook Page*

Clay Casting Project

Materials Needed:
1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #088 - Treble Clef
Clay* - we recommend Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a paintable pure white 
1 clay casting* - #088 - Treble Clef (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
1 wood plaque (as pictured) 8" x 10" (or any size you wish)
1 piece of sheet music (or printout from your computer or copier) slightly larger than your plaque
Artwork to your taste; we used:
     1 artificial rose
     1 piece shimmery white ribbon (1/4” W x 12” L)
     1 piano sticker and 2 sheet music stickers from a scrapbooking kit 
          (or you can use a magazine clipping, a computer clip-art image, or draw your own) 
     1 or more rubber stamps (piano keys and quotation)
Optional: Embossing supplies for heat embossing** or acrylic paints (if not using the embossing technique): red, black
Sandpaper or emery board (fine grit)
Glue of your choice or hot glue and glue gun
Acrylic spray varnish
Paint brush, fine-tipped
Acrylic paints: black, red, gold
Gold trim (for piano)

*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from paper instead of clay (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions). The choice is yours. It is an example of how a paper casting could be used on a scrapbook page instead of a clay casting on a wall plaque.
**See Instructions for Heat Embossing at the bottom of this page.

1.  When the clay casting is dry, smooth the edges with a very light sandpaper if needed.
2.  Using the gold paint, apply a coat to the casting and to the beveled edges of the wood plaque. Let dry. Apply a second coat if desired. Let dry.
3.  Cut out the large piece of sheet music to fit the plaque. If it isn't the right size, use a copier to reduce or enlarge it to suit. Apply glue evenly to the back of the paper and apply it to the plaque (or follow the instructions for your glue). Using a soft cloth, gently smooth the surface, working from the center out, to get rid of any air bubbles, taking care not to tear the paper. Let Dry.
Hint:  You can apply the sheet music with a spray mount fixative (one that is removable to help in re-positioning until it's just right). Then lift up one side at a time and apply glue to replace the fixative as a permanent adhesive. Let Dry.
4.  Use the rubber stamp to imprint the keyboard design onto the plaque. Use another rubber stamp to imprint quotation, or use paint brush and black paint. Optional:  (1) Paint in the keys with black; corners and hearts with red. Let dry. Or (2) Apply embossing powder using heat method described below**. Let dry thoroughly.
5.  Optional:  Apply a coat of acrylic spray varnish to the plaque and let dry.
6.  Use a fine-tipped brush to apply black paint to the treble clef on the gold casting (as pictured). Let dry. Glue to the plaque with hot glue or any strong glue.
7.  Apply your piano and sheet music stickers to the  plaque (if not stickers, use glue to affix painted cut-outs). Then embellish the piano with gold rick-rack or trim (from a fabric store) or use gold paint.
8.  Cut the rose, then tie the ribbon onto the rose making a nice bow. Trim the ends on a diagonal. Glue to the plaque with hot glue.

Project designed and created by Maggie Montgomery. Photograph by David Montgomery

Heat Embossing Basics

One versatile technique used by stampers and scrapbookers alike is heat embossing. With just the basics of materials, you can create many different effects on your layouts, cards or altered books. To start, you will need the following supplies:

- Heat gun (found at most hobby stores or stamp companies)
- Stamp (image stamps and/or alphabet stamps)
- Embossing ink pad, pigment ink pad or Versamark Pad
- Embossing Powder
- Tidy Tray (optional)
- Anti-static product (optional)

1. First wipe the area to be stamped with an anti-static bag (a laundry fabric sheet will work too). This step is optional, but is a good idea to do if you want to make sure no stray embossing powder granules are on the surface surrounding the image. Anti-static products reduce static on the paper, which attracts embossing powder granules.

2. Next ink your stamp with your embossing ink pad or pigment ink of choice, and place the stamp down on your paper. In order to heat emboss, you must use an ink that dries slowly, which is why embossing ink (clear or tinted), pigment inks or Versamark inkpads are great choices. Dye inks dry too quickly for this process. Also keep in mind that if you want to have a totally transparent embossing effect, use clear embossing ink, not the tinted. The tinted ink will show through. If you use different color pigment inks remember that your image will be the color of your embossing powder not the ink you used. Using different color inks can enhance the color of the embossing powder, but will not be what you see unless you emboss the tinted ink with clear embossing powder.

3. Generously sprinkle your embossing powder over the image. Pour the excess powder into the Tidy Tray or container. If there are some granules in areas that you don’t want, use a small paintbrush to swipe away.

4. Using your heat gun, heat the image until the powder melts and turns shiny. Hold your heat gun about 6 inches from the paper. Sweep back and forth over the image until you notice the embossing powder melting. Melted embossing powder is smooth and shiny, and has a raised edge. Remember that if you heat too close to the cardstock, you can cause the embossing powder or the paper itself to burn. Many times I use my scrapbooking tweezers to hold what I am embossing so that I don’t burn my fingers.

So there you have it! The basics to heat embossing! But how can you use heat embossing in your scrapbooks? You can use this technique to:

Emboss images on your pages. Just stamp an image on your page and emboss. You can also use an embossing pen to highlight an existing image on your paper and then emboss.

Random embossing. Swipe your ink pad over your paper and just emboss an area on your layout.

Change the color of metal embellishments. If you run out of a gold brad, you can easily change a silver brad to gold by using gold embossing powder. Holding the brad with tweezers, heat the top and then dip into the embossing powder. Heat again until the embossing powder is melted.

From www.scrapjazz.com/topics/Techniques/Embossing/291.php,  Heat Embossing Basics
by Maureen Spell (May 31, 2004)

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