I have long admired the beautiful cards made by Loll Thompson. Some of her cards feature torched copper. I bought the Sizzix die because of one of Loll's cards. I bought the Mini Cubist Stencil because of another of Loll's cards. Here they are together. The card design is copied from one of her cards. Thank you, Loll.
I made seventeen of these in a 24-hour period by working on them assembly-line fashion, a little at a time.
Comment: When using a heat gun to heat a half sheet of copper, it took forever for the copper to change colors. Since Loll uses a butane torch, that wasn't a problem. She said that smaller pieces heat more rapidly so you have less control if you die-cut first and heat last. That worked great for me since I was using a heat tool--anything to speed things along. The die-cut pieces changed colors quickly but not so quickly that I lost control of the color changes.
The second card shows what the tree looks like when following Loll Thompsons advice to run the die-cut through the embossing machine to avoid sharp edges. I prefer to use her alternate suggestion; I added a cardstock tree to the back. The sharpness isn't much of a problem since the die rounds the edges, and the sharpest part is facing the card base.
CARD: 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches (card) 4 x 5 ¼ (front piece) Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110-lb. card stock (card base, front piece) Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 90-lb. card stock (3 7/8 x 5 1/8, backing for front piece) The Crafters Workshop Mini Cubist Stencil (TCW 248s) Dreamweaver Embossing Paste Neat & Tangled Winter Trees Stamp Set (sentiment) Versafine Onyx Black ink Ranger Clear Superfine Embossing Powder
FOCAL IMAGE: Sizzix Steel-Rule die, Medium Pine Tree (38-0179) Ten Seconds Studio copper sheet Milwaukee Heat Tool, 360 watts (I also cut out trees with cardstock and backed the copper trees with it.)