Monday, November 12, 2012

Our Aniversary sale is almost over! 
 Get 20% off in all your Metal Embossing online orders until Nov 15.
We only have this very special sale twice a year! 20% off in all metals (pewter, color aluminuim, real copper), patina, filling paste, tools, molds and background plates.

 New Products online

I love using this Coffee Mug or the Lotion Dispenser for my Christmas gifts.
I usually do them on Metal;  I emboss the name or initial and add different textures with our Background plates or Dreamewaver's stencils.


We have this 12 oz Cooffee Mugs ideal for adding any metal embossed project, picture, or Zentangle inspired Art.
Lotion dispenser.  Zentangle Inspired Art for a change.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Art and Soul Workshops
There are still a few spaces in my 2  "Metal Embossing Workshops" at the "Art and Soul" retreat in Portland Oregon.
This is one of the many  pewter projects that willl be done during the very Intensive classes this coming weekend.
Beginner Workshop:  Friday Oct 5th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Intermediate Workshop: Sunday Oct 7th. 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Learn all the possible metal embossing techniques;both the traditional and the new ones.
We will use patinas, inks, molds, laminated shell and pewyer, color aluminum and real copper.
Learn how to incorporate the use of stencils, stamps and book designs into your projects.
Copper color aluminum and alcohol inks will also be used.
For more information e mail us at:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Premium Metal Embossing Tools

One of the things that we are really proud of is the high quality of our Metal Embossing Tools. They were the first to be sold in America and the ones with the widest variety and, by far, the best quality.


If you have used our tools, you know how professional and good looking they are; how good it feels to hold the metal handle and let the tool flow easily on the metal.

If you haven't tried them I invite you to do so and see why they are considered the best in the world! (in the words of artists from Japan, Argentina, Europe, South Africa, Mexico and the US).

We have been selling only the best products for the Finest Crafts since 1970 and our tools are a perfect example of such dedication.

If you want a plastic tool that just does the job, we also have it (our "Blue Line"). However  if you, like many other fine artists and crafters, enjoy working with the best and appreciate the characteristics of a really professional tool, then our premium line is certainly for you!

Let your beautiful projects be created with a beautiful tool. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tangles and doodles

Yes, I know it may seem that tangling and doodling have nothing to do with metal embossing. However, in MercArt we have been doing, some metal samplers using all sorts of doodles, to show the different textures of our tools for more than 15 years.
When I saw some of the Zentangle (tm) expressions in books and cards, I immediately thought about those samplers. Actually many of the patterns in those books were the same we had been doing all along!
Doing tangles in a different media, other than my beloved metal seemed odd at first, but I gave it a try and I became hooked!
Metal is by all means still my passion, but I can see the relation of both artisic expressions and I'm embracing it.

I am preparing for next week's show in The Woodlands (Houston). We will have some fun and easy make it-take it projects. If you are in the area, joins us at the
June 14-16
Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Alcohol Inks and Color Aluminum

This was such an easy and fast project to do. I used  MercArt gold aluminum and Color Solution alcohol Inks.

The products I used were:
 * Teflon D-01  (to trace the design, outline the embossed areas and trace the "frame"  and leave's lines).
 * Cup and Ball #4 and #6 (to emboss the leaves and flowers and create a "puffy" look)
 * Star Wheel  (to create the background texture)
 * Diagonal Wheel #01 (to make a border)
 * Paper Stump #4 (to soften the strokes and flatten the background metal)
 * Gold colored aluminum (other light colors great for inks are:copper, yellow, mustard, teal and fuschia)
 * MercArt Filling Paste (to keep the embossed areas from collapsing)
 * Color Solution Inks: Aspen Leaf, Pumpkin and and a hint of Blue Velvet.
 * Sanding Block  (to remove the color from the embossed areas).

Color Solution Alcohol Inks from Dreamweaver are available at

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Candle Base

This wooden plate was covered in Pewter to create a candle base. It is a fast, easy project ideal for any gift.
The main MercArt tools used were:
* Refiner
*Teflon Tool D-01
*Cup and Ball # 4
*Paper stump #4
*Pewter Patina
*Mercart's Filling Paste

April is the month for PEWTER!
Get a 20% discount on your online orders until April 30,2012.

Monday, February 20, 2012

R.I.P. Magdalena Barrena (1933-2012)

I am so sorry for the lack of posts lately.
On September 29 of 2011 my mom, Magdalena Barrena, was diagnosed with cancer.  I was able to go to Mexico City  many times. We were also able to spend Christmas and New Year with her.  She was so happy to have her kids and grandchildren with her.
She passed away on January 20.  My brother and I were able to spend that last week with my mom and tell her how much we loved her.  We shared so many great memories together. She died in peace and with no pain. She was ready to join my dad in heaven.
Today, in the first month of her departure, I want to remember her in this blog. I want to share some of the highlights of her life:
*She was born in Mexico City on July 24,1933. She had 6 siblings (2 of which died very young).
*She was married to my dad Juan Muldoon for 50 years (he passed away in October 2007).
*She founded Mercart in November of 1970 with the mission to offer only the finest crafts.
*She had 2 kids (my bother Juan and I) and 6 grandkids.
*She introduced the tools and pewter for Metal Embossing in Mexico more than 20 years ago. She was the fisrt person I learned the technique from.
*On October 2010 she was in a car crash that could have killed  or left her paraplegic, as she broke her 2nd vertebrae. She had an amazing recovery after surgery and  used her last year to do great things: go to her grandchild's wedding,  go to the US Open in NY, travel to TX and PA a new store!!!!
She will always be remebererd for her generosity, easy smile, strenght, faith, positive attitude, good sense of humor and for her example of dedication and hard work.

It will be hard to follow such a great role model but I will do my best to honor her by working hard to keep Mercart USA and Mercart Mexico as a place for creativity and the expression of fine crafts.
Thank you,
Magdalena Muldoon