Friday, July 5, 2013

Grungy Watering Can

Hello crafters! Today I have another project to share using Eileen Hull's new Sizzix Picket Fence dies, this time I used the 3-D Watering Can Scoreboards die. Such a fun die, and perfect for a gift to someone who likes gardening.

I wanted to make a grungy metallic watering can:

Grungy Watering Can - Layers of ink
The watering can was die cut from mat board, this is an XL die, so you need the extended cutting pads. I used a technique Tim Holtz showed in his September 2012 tag. I randomly cut out pieces of foil tape and covered the whole watering can with them, overlapping them as I went along. I used different tools to make marks in the foil - my needle tool, a ballpoint pen, and my tiny attacher which makes great marks if you use it without having any staples inside. For a similar metal project, with lots of other metal techniques too, see this Metal-ology tag of mine.

The side piece of the watering can was painted silver and distressed with black paint. I also painted the inside of the can silver.

Grungy Watering Can - Layers of ink
This is the back of the watering can. The foil was inked with alcohol inks (Pitch Black, Ginger, Juniper), applied heavily and letting them dry in between. When dry, I distressed it with steel wool. I always try to do these types of dusty activities outdoors. The sentiment was stamped on ledger paper, the edges were inked and distressed.

I printed a photo on cardstock and distressed the edges. A dictionary text stamp was stamped on ledger paper. I also used a Tim Holtz gear, game spinner and film strip ribbon.

The clock was stamped on cream cardstock, inked and coated with Crackle Accents.

Apply a strong adhesive on the flaps on the inside box piece and attach to the side pieces (which are connected at the base).

Thank you for looking!

Happy crafting!


Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Watering Can
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles cream mat board 6 x 13; 7 Gypsies Postale Ledger 8 x 8
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Curiosities, Going Somewhere; Hero Arts Printer's Lowercase
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Alcohol ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, Juniper, Ginger
Paint: Adirondack: Silver, Black Soot
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Game Spinners, Sprocket Gears, Long Fastneners, Filmstrip Ribbon
Adhesive: Ranger Wonder Tape, Crackle Accents


  1. One more Funtabulous Project !! I loved the treatment you have given to the foil and all that grungy look !

  2. Agreed! What you do with dimension is truly outstanding (get it?) :-) such a cool project- I really love the different ways you distressed the foil...

  3. What a cool make - love the faux riveted look, and wonderful stamping too.
    Alison x

  4. What a fantastic project to use that riveted metal finish on. Love the crackled clock and the photo on the sides too. Hugs, Jenny x

  5. Oh my! This looks a lot of fun, I enjoyed that technique when I did the tag challenge - I'll have to see what I can come up with :-)


  6. I love gardening so this really caught my eye. Nice job!


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