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20 November 2012
"I'm going to show you how to create a metal cover for a notepad. It's not really metal though - it's an effect achieved with paint and ink." 

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock: 

9-960D Kraft 


S5-147 Resplendent Rectangles 
EL-017 Industrial M-Bossibilities 

Other Products Used:

Thin chipboard (pieces as large as you want your covers) 
Silver acrylic paint 
Sponges (one to apply the paint and another to sponge ink) 
Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink 
Zutter binding system

Step One:
Take a piece of thin chipboard and emboss it using the Spellbinders Industrial embossing folder. Trim it down to the required size.

Step Two:
Using cheap silver acrylic paint (the cheaper the better for this - the better quality paints will leave too much of a sheen) paint the covers and allow to dry completely. I prefer to apply the paint with a sponge as it leaves a thin coat of paint that dries quickly.

Step Three:
Once the covers are dry, make some scratches in the surface with coarse sandpaper, paying particular attention to the edges of the covers. 

Step Four:
Apply some brown ink to the covers. This will highlight the scratches and give the silver paint a slightly rusted look. 

Step Five:
I found a piece of text from an old book that is an apt title for this notepad that will be my daily 'to do' list notepad. I adhered this torn piece to a scrap of Kraft cardstock, and then die cut the title with one of the Resplendent Rectangle dies. This was then adhered in place to the front cover. The covers are now ready to be made into a book using your preferred binding system. 

Tutorial created by Design Team member-TERESA


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