I bought a small 5 inch x 8 inch Dyan Reaveley journal, and I wanted to do something really special for my journal cover. I was reading various blogs and I stumbled upon a video Julie Balzer created where she embossed a sheet of metal foil for her journal cover. Watch her video here. I did not have the supplies she used so I improvised. I found some metal tape at Lowes Hardware which is used for taping air conditioning ducts. I cut each piece of tape the width of the front and back cover and embossed it using Tim Holtz Checkerboard Texture Fades. Once I stuck the strips of tape on my journal cover, I then added various colors of Perfect Pearls Powder by Ranger. To seal the journal cover I added Matte Gel Medium.