I love the look of gun metal for my creations - cards, scrapbook layouts, and 3D projects alike - but I really do not like the weight of it. I figured out a way to get the gun metal look, with less expense AND as light as the chipboard in your stash!
First off, you take a piece of chipboard that you want to alter. This is a letter "r", but I think it would look awesome with the chipboard buckles, hinges, or any other shape you want to
play work with.
Keeping it face down, smoosh (technical term) it into your silver pigment ink. Make sure that it is well covered, you don't want bare spots for when you go into the next step.
I hold my letter (or shape) with tweezers, and then I shake off the excess. Heat it with the heat tool until all is melted and it starts to bubble - you want it to bubble all over.
After you have embossed it and it cools, you can rub on a black ink like Stazon, to get in to the crevices. This will really antique it, but I wanted it to be more like pewter, so I skipped that step. Check back tomorrow to see what this ended up on. Have fun and happy stamping!!