Friday, March 4, 2011


The other day my very clever daughter coined a new term: "Justimization!" I asked her what it means and she said it is optimizing her justification of something. I told her I should re-name my blog Justimization, as it serves to optimize my justification of all the CRAFT STUFF I own.

So imagine my surprise when I took some classes at my local stamp store, Stampers!, last weekend and developed a newfound passion for metal sculpting. I am NOT looking for another craft that requires oodles of new supplies. I already have a fully equipped (read: no room to move) paper crafting and sewing space. But these classes looked pretty interesting and what made them even more intriguing was the opportunity to use many supplies and equipment I already own, like my Cuttlebug die cut and emboss machine and assorted dies and embossing folders.

We were instructed by pewter and metal artist Elitia Hart in how to free style doodle on soft aluminum sheets, then work the metal to enhance relief; to use TEN seconds studio molds to create shapes, and how to refine them; how to stamp and heat-emboss on the metal; and how to emboss the metal in the Big Shot or Cuttlebug machines. We also sanded the metal and colourized it with alcohol inks.

My samples are not anything to showcase here, but last night I needed a quick gift so I took some black metal and repurposed a 3 inch round tea tin to feature a molded monogram and the Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls embossing folder. One of the tricky bits with this work is if you have a large relief area, you don't want it to collapse. In class we discussed spackle, silicone and melted beeswax as support methods. However, at home I experimented with hot glue and was very pleased with the results. I can't recall the last time I used my glue gun for something. See, there's some justimization right there!

Working with the soft metal is very relaxing and fun. I am looking forward to expanding on my skills with practice. If you are on Facebook you can see many cards made from the samples we did in class. Just go to the Stampers! photo album there and check them out. More classes are being scheduled so if you are in the Victoria area you might want to inquire. For more inspiration visit the TEN seconds studio blog.

After making this tin, I realized I was subconsciously making something that looked an awful lot like this  tin that holds Clipiola Clips. Oops! Purely unintentional.
So inside this tin (remember, it was a gift) I put a bunch of 2-inch square cards and teeny matching envelopes. And there you have it, an almost free, upcycled gift that optimized the justification of my craft obssession! I am entering this in the Blog Birthday challenge focused on {Gift Packaging} over on Meredith's blog. What will you justimize today in your craft room?


Julie Forest said...

Wow, Charmaine! This gift certainly is a justimization (love it!!) of your crafty stuff. What a beautifully elegant gift! Your embossed metal looks awesome and those teeny cards are too cute!! :)

Anonymous said...

Your daughter is clearly brilliant coming up with a term like that ;)

Ruby's Girl said...

Very Cool Charmaine! And how nice to have the supplies in your art room already too. That never happens to me. I must look for this next time I am in the big city. Lovely gift box.

Meredith said...

PERFECT word!!! This is such a NEAT technique, and I love how it dressed up this simple tin - I love these but never know what to do with them! This is great! Thank you SO much for helping me celebrate my blog birthday!!!

Cassie_lu said...

what a sweet little gift idea.

Deanna Cosgrove said...

Thanks for the tip on the hot glue---I have that already in my craft room! Love using what I already have---helps justimize my stuff ;)

CraftyAlice said...

Love the new word - and your decorated tin - which I learned about from your post in the TenSecondsStudio yahoogroup we are part of.