Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Making Rust

Recently I went looking through my stash of completed cards to see if I had an appropriate one to send to my brother for his birthday and I found one - I mean only one in a box of maybe 100 cards.  I decided then and there I better make a few more cards for men so I wasn't scrambling at the last minute when the need for one arose.

The timing was rather perfect because then I could play in the current challenge at The Artist Trading Post Exchange challenge blog where they want mixed media projects based on a photo that looks like rusted metal.  The challenge is called Any Old Iron and I think my card fits the bill.

I decided to try my hand at turning white card stock into something that looked rusty and after searching on the internet for techniques I settled on one from Gingersnap Creations but gave it a few of my own twists.

As I said I started with a large sheet of white card stock.  Then I covered it with Mod Podge, making sure it was quite thick.  Next I randomly sprinkled sand on it, which I snagged from some my husband had in the garage for use on the driveway when it gets really icy.  I originally put a thin coat of Mod Podge on with a credit card but the sand didn't stick so if you try this, make sure to glop it on and then the sand will settle into the glue.  I then set it aside to dry overnight.

Once it was fully dry, I took a stenciling brush and randomly smooshed on four colours of Folk Art craft paint - Pure Black, Coffee Bean, Charcoal Grey and Terra Cotta.  I dipped my brush in combinations of the first three colours for the most part and only added the Terra Cotta for small sections.

Once the paint was dry I mixed Meadow, Aqua and Copper Mixative Adirondack Alcohol Inks and dabbed that on in random spots.  Then I rubbed here and there with some Oxynite Treasure Gold.  Finally I added a slightly thinned out coat of Mod Podge to make sure the sand stayed put.  The end result was a fairly stiff but still a bit flexible rusty looking sheet.

Next I made a metal foil panel.  Again I started with a piece of white card stock and added some bits of drywall tape, some ric rac and a few washers.  Then I cut small pieces of foil tape used in the heating and air conditioning industry and added them in both directions to cover the card stock and the bits and pieces.  I used an embossing tool to go around everything and then some Walnut Hollow metal working tools to create texture and pattern.

The next step was to give the whole thing a coat of the Coffee Bean paint and wipe away some of it, leaving some paint in the recesses of the piece.  Next I added a blended combination of Rust, Ginger and Caramel Adirondack Alcohol Ink to the whole piece and then followed that up with the Meadow, Aqua and Copper Mixative combination in a few spots.

An image from the Tim Holtz Time Traveler stamp set and a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings stamp set were stamped onto some scrap card stock with Ranger's Jet Black Archival ink.  The sentiment was cut apart and then I sponged the edges of all the stamped pieces with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink from Ranger.

All that was left was to glue everything down on a card blank made from some Bazzill card stock.  Finally I added some rusty pieces of hardware - two screw heads and another thing that I have no idea what it is but it looked cool when I dug it out of the jar.

I have started making my Christmas list for Santa and putting copies everywhere.  Besides lots of crafting supplies, I want a good photo setup - the weather has been up and down here and so has the quality of my photos.  I sure hope Santa realizes that I have been a really good girl this past year :)

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Artist Trading Post Exchange - Any Old Iron
The Paper Girls - Mixed Media
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo/Color Inspiration
Suzy Bee's Challenge - Anything Goes with a twist to make it male
Stamplorations - Stamps and Layers
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge  - Stamps


  1. This is fabulous! Love the rusted background!! Brilliant! Xx

  2. Fabulous rusty background Cec and I love the faux metal you have created too. The stamped image pulls it all together to make a stunning male card. Thank you for joining in with us at ATP Exchange and for sharing your recipe.

    Best wishes
    Annie x

  3. Wow Cec, this is the best rusted metal that I've seen! It looks so real, wow! Love the metal panel too, with all the wonderful textures. I had to Google almost every product you named so I can put them all on my wish list for Christmas. I'm not sure I've been as good as you, but I did have fun this year!! big hugs :)

  4. Great mixed media card! Love all the texture! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  5. Great work on your card! Thank you for joining us this week at Cupcake Inspirations.
    -Sandy, DT Sweetie

  6. Lovely card Cec! Thanks for sharing your rusting technique, it looks very realistic! Love your metal panel and stamping as well. Thankyou for joining the Any old iron challenge over at the ATP Exchange

  7. Fantastic rusty vintage card Cec. The faux metal work looks great. Thank you for joining our challenge at ATP Exchange.
    p.s. I hope Santa finds your wish list.

  8. beautiful vintage...thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

    sweetie dt

  9. Fantastic card Cec! I love your background it looks amazing! Sue C x

  10. hello,
    My turn to come visit your blog and WOW , everything is so beautiful! I do not know how to follow you but I will try to come and see your creations from time to time .


    Annick ( ADA)

  11. Gorgeous card! I love how you've created your rusty background and this is great inspiration for male cards.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at ATP Exchange.
    Julia x

  12. Fabulous card! Love that metal foil panel. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations!

  13. this is SO cool and my goodness it really does look like real rustic metal!! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  14. Huge congratulations on your top 3 at Artist Trading Post Cec! I LOVE what you've created here - just oozes rusty charm. Jenny x

  15. Congratulations on your top 3 win at Artist Trading Post Cec! This was such an amazing card and a spectacular technique! I can't wait to learn from the master! hugs :)

  16. That is all kinds of super cool! The metal look looks awesome!

    Mixed Media Monthly Challenge DT

  17. Oh, nice! Love that metal foil...I have been meaning to try some myself! Great use of it. Thanks for playing along in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  18. Wow! This is amazing Cec! Thanks for the tutorial! I am bookmarking this one!


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