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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.

4 x 5 inches (card)
4 x 5 (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

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.)