Yarrr!  As I hinted in this post about the Treasure Chest, what is a treasure chest without any treasure?  Since it was Talk Like A Pirate Day on the 19th I made some treasure to go in my deep sea treasure chest and thought I would share how it was made.

In the beginning…

Firstly you will need some ATC coins, and some patterned paper that has some kind of script on it, like this Salvage District paper from Prima.

Draw around the coins and then cut out enough circles for both sides of each coin.

Glue the papers on to each side of the coins and leave to dry.  I like to do some random scribbling on the paper just to dirty it up a bit and make it look more distressed and aged.

The middle…

Next, cover one side of each coin with clear or translucent embossing powder.  I am using my favourite Emerald Creek embossing powder – Vintage Beeswax by Seth Apter as it gives an aged, waxy look like en caustic but a lot easier.  Melt the powder with a heat tool, then repeat the process on the other side of each coin.  Each coin should now have one coat of embossing powder on both sides.  This should be sufficient for this technique as the embossing powder is quite thick but you could do a second coat if you wanted.  Next, you will need a rubber stamp to turn your ATC into pirate treasure.  I have this Tim Holtz skull and crossbones stamp from the Monstrous set, that seemed appropriate for pirate booty!

Ink up your stamp with archival ink  – I used Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo, then apply another layer of embossing powder onto one side of your coin and melt it with a heat tool.  While it is still hot and melting, quickly press the inked-up stamp into the hot embossing powder and lift it off.  It will leave the stamped impression and look like this:

I only stamped my coins on one side but you could stamp on both if you wish, just following the process above.  Then to finish it off, make it look more aged, and hide the chipboard edge, roll the edge of the coin along the embossing ink pad and then into the embossing powder and heat it with the heat tool to melt it.  Do one section at a time, holding the coin between your fingers or with tweezers to avoid burning your fingers with melting embossing powder.

For this stage, I used a Stampendous embossing enamel called Aged Hunter, that has a mixture of gold and green in it, so it made the coins look like they had been found at the bottom of the ocean and were a bit corroded and aged.

It is possible to add the embossing powder to the rim first and then the sides and you are less likely to burn your fingers, but the effect is better if you work on the flat sides first as the powder from the rim will spread over the sides, making them look crusty and corroded.

The end…

And here are the finished coins, I think they look awesome.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions please let me know in the comments below.

You can visit the GSL Cuts blog post here and links to the UK shop are in the Project Recipe below.

PROJECT RECIPE for Pirate Treasure Coins:

GSL Cuts Artist Trading Coins – Model D81M
Prima Salvage District Scrapbook paper with old text or script pattern
Wow Embossing ink
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder – Vintage Beeswax, Ancient Amber
Stampendous Embossing Enamel – Aged Hunter
Heat gun for melting embossing powder
Tim Hotlz Monstrous CMS307 Stamp Set
Distress Archival Ink – Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 

Mix it Up Challenge Blog – Anything Goes with Optional 3D Project

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