Scene building &Faux Metal Effect With Inks!

Hi friends! Today’s card combines two of my favorite stamping techniques; scene building and inking.

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It is amazing what you can do with white cardstock and ink, see how to make this card in today’s tutorial!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets on orders of $10 or more. Coupon expires July 3, 2017.

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Make a sheet of faux metal paper but combining inks and water as I did in the video. I used distress oxide inks in shades of blue-green and brown as well as metallic acrylic paint. Let dry.

2. Stamp wheelbarrow, milk can and watering can on the metal paper and set aside to dry. Stamp the same images on white cardstock where you want them to be on the final card. Remember scale when you do this to make sure the scene looks right.

3. Use an ink blending brush and distress oxide inks to color the bottom of the card green and the top blue. Sponge in more green ink under the stamped objects.

4. Stamp flowers and leaves over the cans and wheelbarrow, make sure to overlap the stamped containers.

5. Use markers to color the wheelbarrow wheel and legs and add grasses around the containers as well.

6. Cut out the faux metal containers and glue them over the stamped ones on the cardstock.

7. Wrap twine around the bottom of the card and tie on the inside.

8. Stamp “thank you” on a die cut banner and glue to the card with a button.

I hope you try out these fun techniques and save the scraps because you can use them when you need another metal embellishment, this faux metal looks amazing embossed too! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

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Faux Metal Mania! {got cardboard?}

Howdy friends! I spent most of today with sticks and twine and vinyl preparing for a cub scout project this weekend, the boys are earning their craftsman weblo pin and we are making badge and belt loop display boards to commemorate their years of cub scouting before they cross over to boy scouts. My friend Kathy J had the idea so to give the den leader a hand we decided to prepare the craft. I wish I snapped a photo of the prototype since this is a blog after all with photo capability LOL! Oh well, I’ll get a pic this weekend I guess:)  The other day I was playing in my studio with cardboard and hot glue and came up with two ways to make faux metal, first up pewter/silver:

And now grungy gold.

Try these techniques with the metallic paints you have in your stash, remember to use warm colors and browns in your warm metals like gold, bronze, copper or brass and blacks and greys in your silvers and cool metals. Have fun with it! Oh hot glue, is there anything you can not do? thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Video: Fun With Gelatos & WOYWW!

OK, stop reading if you don’t want to be enabled to buy a fun crafty goodie…well, don’t say I didn’t warn you LOL! I have wanted to buy the Faber Castells Gelato pastels for a while now, I would even pretend to buy them by putting them into my online shopping card then freaking out at the price and shutting off the computer (sad, isn’t it?) but last week I saw a set of 12 in a nice variety of colors for $11, AND a set of 6 for $6! So I nabbed them with free shipping! For $17 I bought what would have cost me $45 at a scrapbook store, WOW! Color me frugal, look at all the money I saved (and never mind the $17 I spent ha ha 😀  Look how pretty they are in a bowl on my desk, Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday everyone!

I spent the day playing with these Gel Sticks/Gelatos and I was amazed, I thought they would wear down quickly but I did not even have to twist them up, they are in chapstick like tubes, and smooth and creamy. Check out the video to see a demonstration and learn some fun techniques:

I think someone switched my coffee with decaf Taster’s Choice LOL! I was just so mellow, either that or I was channeling Bob Ross, hence the “happy little flowers” comment. Here is a look at some of the backgrounds I made in the video with a brief how to:

Above is the embossed watercolor effect. Emboss an organic style design on watercolor paper, color raised area with gelatos and brush over with water. Top with a spritz of shimmer spray if desired. Faux Washi tape: Stick a piece of masking tape on a non stick mat, color with gelatos and brush with water. Stamp over design if desired. Also see yesterday’s blog post for another embossed watercolor gelato background.

Faux Metallic: Emboss a graphic pattern on black cardstock. Color raised areas with metallic gelato and rub over with a piece of fun-foam to blend.

Stamping with Gelatos (instead of ink): Spritz stamp with water. Color rubber with gelatos and stamp on smooth cardstock. You may be able to stamp twice without recoloring. Experiment!

Thanks for joining me for WOYWW, if you want to see other crafters desks hop over to the Stamping Ground for all the fun…or as I lovingly refer to it ‘Craft Hoarders Enabling er I mean Support Group’ Lord knows I did enough enabling myself today LOL! Speaking of enabling, if you want the link of the shops I bought the gel sticks from they are here: Metallic Gel Sticks and Gel Sticks 12 count the price seems to fluctuate a bit, the metallic gel stocks went up $1 but the others were the same. I got free shipping because my order was over $25 due to another purchase. Happy crafting!

I’m a little bit rusty..in a good way!

Hi there crafters! I was in need of a birthday card for a guy and came up with this:

 

I die cut some gears from cardstock and wanted them to look like metal so I inked them with pigment ink and used copper embossing powder and heat it…but wait? Where is my shiny finish?!? My old embossing powder had tarnished from either age, humidity or both and my gears looked rusty…but wait, I like it!

 

I even bent the gear in the center to crack the embossing and it flaked off like real rust, score! I never thought I’d be so excited about rust LOL! In case rust is not your thing you can get a metal look too, check out these tags. The one on the left I inked with tumbled glass distress ink and swiped with a gold inkpad (I also tried it with gold powder eyeshadow and it worked great too!) then I inked up an embossing folder with brown ink (the side that will face the right side of the tag) and ran it through my big shot. Since the tag was damp with ink I quickly dipped it in clear embossing powder and heated it for a glassy shine. Since I used some gold ink it look rather metallic but to enhance the effect you can use more metallic inks, it is all up to you.

 

To grungify the tag on the right I did all the steps as the other tag then brushed some acrylic paint over the raised area and sprinkled my tarnished copper EP on top. I heated it and the paint cracked and the EP got all rusty, overall a great old distressed look I think!

I guess I won’t be throwing away my old embossing powders after all 😛 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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