Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Vintaj – A Natural Brass Company

According to the Vintaj website, their products are 100% natural brass, eco-friendly, and made in the USA.
The first thing that I noticed about the Vintaj findings that I received for this review was the beautiful design detail. This gave each of the rich caramel brass pieces great depth and dimension. The other thing I noticed was the weight of each piece. While the pieces were not thick and bulky, they had weight and substance to them so they would not bend or fall apart on my project. These two things combined told me that I would be working with high quality brass embellishments.
The first pieces that I worked with were 2 flat flourish type embellishments and a beautifully designed staple.
I wanted to add color to the pieces so I started by heating the brass with my heat tool and holding it with an alligator clip. I then dipped the pieces into the embossing powder and melted the powder onto the brass. I was left with beautifully colored brass pieces that would accent my layout perfectly.
Title: Autumn’s Palette
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Patterned Paper (Tinkering Ink)
Brass embellishments (Vintaj)
Leaf Molds (Makin's)
Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
Embossing Gitter (PK Glitz)
Glitter (PK Glitz)
Sticky Tape (PK Glitz)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

I fell in love with this butterfly the moment that I saw it.
I wanted to enhance the detail on the brass butterfly so I used a glue pen to apply adhesive to various parts of the detail. I then added several different colors of glitter to enhance the design on the wings. I adhered the butterfly onto some cardstock that I had pre-cut and added the extra staple (in its natural state) to the bottom.
Title: Butterfly Tag
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Brass butterfly and staple (Vintaj)
Sticky Paper (PK Glitz)
Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)
Glitter (PK Glitz)
Ribbon (Michaels)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

Alcohol inks are great way to add color to metal and when I saw this frame, I knew I just had to give this technique a try.
I used a yellow/gold color along the edge of the frame and green and rust on the corners. It was just enough color to bring out the beautifully etched design in the frame. Once my color was added, I adhered it to the front of the card and added the leaf over the top.
Title: Leaf Card
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Patterned Paper (Paper Studio)
Brass Frame (Vintaj)
Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Leaf Mold (Makin's)
Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
Glitter (PK Glitz)
Embossing Powder (PK Glitz)
Ink (Ranger)
Stamp (Inque Boutique)
Border Punch (Fiskers)
Ribbon (Michaels)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

The Vintaj Natural Brass embellishments were the perfect accents for each of my projects. Their beauty shined through giving each piece a unique look and feel of its own.
I will definitely be looking for Vintaj Natural Brass findings for all of my future metal embellishment needs.
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