Friday, April 18, 2014

Aluminum:New Colors and New Size!!

We have added new colors to our selection of 9" x 12" aluminum
Yellow, Grey, Purple, Gold, Pastel Blue and Christmas Green.

We also have now a great variety of 5" x 7" colors:
Grey, Navy Blue, Peach, Lilac, Dark Green, Red, Orange and Cream.
Navy Blue, Sky Blue and Pastel Blue

Red, Orange and Peach

Christmas Green and Dark Green

Purple and Lilac

Cream, Gold and Yellow

Black and Grey

We also carry colors not shown here such as: Bronze, Teal and Fuchsia.

The "swirls" on each sample were done using Dreamweaver's Mosaic Swirls LJ901 Stencil 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stencil Girl Products and MercArt

Visit Stencil Girl Products Blog  and see my tutorial using two of the new designs from Stencil Girl Products: Tribal Hand and Segments.
Follow some simple steps to make easy metal embossing projects using Colored Aluminum, stencils and the new Gilder's Paste patinas.
You will have a beautiful project in just a few minutes.
Products used on the tutorial:
Stencil Girl Products: Tribal Hand S180
Stencil Girl Products: Segments S189
MercArt's BasicMetal Embsossing Kit with 4 tools
MercArt's green colored aluminum
MercArt's Big Wheel, paper stump, suede, Fiber Glass tool and Filling Paste
Sanding Block
Gilder's Paste colors: African Bronze, German Silver, Verdigris and Copper.

See the complete and easy to follow steps here too:

Step 1

step 5


1) Place the aluminum (color side down) over the Tribal Hand S180 stencil and rub against it with the Paper Stump until you clearly see the design.
2)With the Teflon Tool D-01, outline every part of the stencil design to get a crisp definition
3)Place the metal color side up over the background stencil, Segments S189,  and rub with the paper stump until you can see the design clearly. Outline the design with Teflon D-01
4)Place the metal on the back and over the suede and roll the Big Wheel (or any of MercArt's Decorative Wheels) on the edge  of the aluminum to create a border.
5)Remove the color of the embossed areas with a sanding block.
6)With your finger add any Gilder's Paste colors you choose (we have 12 new colors to choose from!). They can be applied on layers to create new tones and interesting patinas.
7)Add dimension and make the metal "puff" by placing the metal on the back over the suede and embossing certain areas with the round sphere of the Cup and Ball #4 and the paper stump.
8)Fill the back of  the embossed or raised areas of your project with MercArt's Filling Paste. As it's liquid, it levels itself and once it dries, it gets really hard, so the shapes remain embossed.
                           I hope this has inspired you  to use stencils and color aluminum in a new way!

Ready in just minutes!

Other projects using Stencil Girl Products Stencils with MercArt color aluminum and Gilder's Paste:
Stencil Girl Products Birds S110, Copper and Gilder's Paste

Stencil Girl Products Circle tiles stencil, Blue Aluminum and Gilder's Pastes

ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art)
I added Gilder's Paste to both the Navy Blue aluminum and the Wooden Frame
For  the template I used Stencil Girl  Ripples  Stencil S188
All tangles were done free hand with the Teflon D-01


Monday, March 31, 2014


NEW PRODUCT: Gilder's Paste

We are so happy to offer you the Gilder's Paste in 12 gorgeous colors:
Foundry Bronze, African Bronze, Copper, Coral Red, Iris Blue, German Silver, Sandalwood, Patina, Rust, Rich Gold, Verdigris and Slate.
These highly pigmented wax based pastes can give different patinas and tones  to any of your metal embossed projects. They can also be used on  ceramic, wood, gourds, resin and practically any surface!
Apply easily with finger, brush or sponge. They can be overlapped to create even more tones.

Gilders Paste in 12 colors   1.5 oz

Done in Pewter with Copper, African Bronze and Verdigris
Navy Blue aluminum with Stencil Girl Products stencil and assorted Gilder's Paste colors


We have new stencils from Stencil Girl Products, The Crafter's Warehouse and Artist Cellar.
Here is just a small selection of the New designs. More will be coming soon, including the new designs of brass stencils  from Dreamweaver

Stencil Girl Products Segments S189
Stencil Girl Products Ripples S188

Stencil Girp Products Tribal Hand S180
Stencil Girl Products S163
TCW448 Four Faces
TCW432  Rose Window
TCW450 Art Deco Leaves
ArtistCellar Whimsy Town AC066

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dia de Muertos

Zentangle Inspired Art
I went to Mexico City recently to be at our  booth at the Christmas Crafts Annual Show.
Between ZIA classes I  was doing demos with the different tangles and doodles using this ceramic skull I had just bought for that purpose.  It was a big success, specially because we were approaching November 2nd, which represents one of the most colorful and ancient Mexican traditions:  Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Dia de Muertos is a very peculiar tradition that has its roots both in the ancient Aztec beliefs  and those brought to Mexico by the Catholic Spanish priests during the colony years ( 1510-1810).
Aztecs used to honor their  God of Death  with diverse celebrations in October and November. November 2nd is the Day of the Saints festivity for Catholics. Mexico's Dia de los Muertos took a bit of both worlds and created a new very particular tradition in which we honor, remember and celebrate our loved ones that have passed away.
Altar de Muerto
The Day of the Dead Altars are the main part of this celebration. All of them are colorful, joyful and include:
 sugar skulls, pictures of our loved ones, candles,  Cempazuchitl (marigold) flowers, papel picado, the favorite  food and drinks of our "muertitos" and certainly the "Catrinas" (elegant skeletons wearing hats, flowers and long dresses). 
Jose Guadalupe Posada created the "Catrina" between 1910-1913

Papel Picado



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Gelli Plate and Stencils

Yes, I know monoprinting doesn't have much to do with metal embossing, but as we now carry a good number of stencils , and they definetely are a perfect match for the Gelli plate, we decided to also carry it  in MercArt.

Once you start playing with the Gelli plate you cannot stop! It's addictive and the results are always a beautiful surprise.  I have used it in all sorts of papers, canvas, fabric, wood, tags.....
Besides stencils, our texture plates and decorative wheels  can create all sorts of textures with your Gelli prints.  And now we  also carry a new  Texture comb!!! for those extra amazing details.
Done on canvas with the new  TCW391 Climbing Vine stencil and some doodling

Done with the Artist Cellar stencil Paris AC001.  It looks like the stained glass medallion in Notre Dame


Assorted manila Tags using stencils, texture comb and texture plates

The top of a wooden box placed directly on the Gelli Plate

Copy paper with Stencil Girl Products S110 Tall Birds stencil and TCW Circle Grid stencil

This was done in fabric using Dreamweaver's Pear stencil LL563 and TCW Zinnia

Texture Comb

Get your Gelli plate and start having fun creating all sorts of unique prints!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pewter and Stencils: a perfect match

There are many different ways and techniques to do Metal Embossing. One of the easiest ones is using stencils.  The main advantages of using stencils are:
*There are thousands of designs to choose from.
*It is one of the fastest and easiest ways to do metal embossing ; just trace the ouline of the stencil on the metal and you have already done most of the work.! It will look embossed already.
*Stencils don't  have the size limitation of an embossing machine or embossing folders. You can place the stencil anywhere in the metal and mix several designs in one project.  They also give chance to add textures, dimension and volume so your projects don't look "machine" made as embossing folders- projects usually do.
I used the Optic Circle  Stencil and pewter to create this project. The main steps were:
*Place the stencil on the pewter and flip it to its back.
*Rub the  paper stump against the metal until you clearly see the stencil design under the metal.
*Outline every part of the stencil design with the refiner tip of the Teflon D-01 
*Remove the stencil 
*Turn the pewter and place it on a piece of suede. Emboss or push (at the back of the metal, still on the suede) each one of the small circles within the main big circle. Use the appropiate size of Cup and Ball   (I used #4 and #6).
*When each smal circle  has been embossed, place the metal (at the back) on your hand and softly and in round motion, push the metal of the entire big circle using the wooden thumb until you get the desired volume or dimension. This will make the metal really pop out.
*Fill the back of the big embossed circle with the  Filling Paste and let it dry (it may take up to 24 hours if the area is big and deep).
*Apply the Pewter Patina with a brush and polish the metal with any silver polishing paste until you get the desired shine.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Express Metal Embossing

If you want to create a unique  metal embossing project that is both hand made and easy to do, you cannot go wrong using STENCILS.
Metal Embossing with stencils gives you an endless array of designs to choose form.  It's super easy to do as you you don't need to know much about the embossing techniques and  your projects will look amazing!! ( and not machine made as when using embossing folders and machines).
Metal Tag
Supplies used: Navy blue aluminum, Dreamweaver Nautilus stencil LS04 
Background:  Wiggly Squares stencil  27-00130-RSC. Nautilus inner design: i-Stencils Paper Clip stencil BAM2029
Tools:MercArt's Metal embossing Basic kit, Fiber glass tool, sanding block  and paper stump  

Medium Blue aluminum and Dreamweaver stencil Bird LL594
Background stencil: TCW382  Garden Gate.  Bird texture: Modern stencil 27-00093-RSC
Tools: Basic kit, paper stump, sanding block  and Diagonal decorative wheel #01
Backing paste to fill the back of the embossed bird. 

Navy blue aluminum with Dreamweaver Pear stencil LL563
Backgrounds: TCW143 Zinnia stencil and Stone wall  STencil 27-00095-RSC
Pear texture: Morse code stencil BAM2013
Tools:Metal Embossing Basic kit, Decorative diagonal wheel #01, paper stump and  sanding block.
Backing paste to fill the back of the embossed pear.  

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


We are really expanding our line of Stencils!!
Not only  are we adding 7 new designs from our favorite metal stencils supplier, Dreamweaver, but we are adding  6" x 6" plastic stencils from The Crafter's Workshop (TCW), Artist Cellar, Stencil Girl Products and i-Stencils...


These stencils are ideal for Metal Embossing, using either Pewter, Aluminum or Copper.
They are of course also perfect for all kinds of paper crafts and mixed media projects. They can be used on paper, canvas, fabric, wood, metal and certainly with the "Gelli Plate" Monoprinting system.

Create original prints using Stencils and Embossing Plates!
 Use your Gelli plate to print Journals, Tags, Canvas, ATC Cards, etc...

Print using  Dreamweaver's "Teacup" stencil and TCW "Peacock Feathers"

The stencils used in this print were the "Tall Birds" from Stencil Girl Products and the TCW "Circle Grid".  The squares on the birds were done using a fabric stamp.

Artist Cellar stencil "Paris" was used to create the complete Cathedral Stained Glass medallion using the Gelli Plate and several blue and purple acrilyc colors.
See all these new exciting designs and the Gelli plate at