Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vintage Rust Tutorial

Hi and welcome! I am back with a second post for today, by coincidence also using alcohol ink. It is a Sizzix tutorial, for some cool rusty effects using Ranger's embossing powder and alcohol ink.
I made an art journal page in my large Dylusions journal, but the techniques work as well on any type of project. It is such fun playing around with rusty distress techniques and you can achieve really cool effects, without any bulk. I used Sizzix dies by Jen Long, Prima and Tim Holtz.   

Start by preparing a piece of Ranger's Foil sheet. You'll need a larger piece than shown here. Put some alcohol ink on a felt applicator and pounce on the foil until you are happy with the result.

Immediately sprinkle some Ranger Rust embossing powder into the alcohol ink. The ink dries fast and the powder won't stick well. To prevent it from flying off, melt with a heat tool from underneath. Be careful since the metal gets hot.

Drip some more alcohol ink on the background, creating cool splotchy effects where the embossing powder is.

Using the Vintage Car & Radio set, die cut the car from glossy cardstock, the wheels from kraft-core cardstock and the rest of the pieces from the prepared metal. Placing a piece of wax paper between the die and the surface to be die cut makes it easier to get a good cut and to get the paper out of the die.

Repeat with the Route 66 sign.

Apply Stonewashed and a tiny bit of Ginger to the felt and swipe over the car.
Apply embossing ink here and there on the car with a Ranger Emboss It Dabber. Sprinkle Rust powder on top. If it is too much, you can brush off some of the powder. Melt with a heat gun.
Pounce and drip more alcohol ink on the car for an old worn look.

Again apply alcohol inks to the felt applicator and pounce on the glossy sign.

Adhere the metallic and cardstock pieces. If you want to, you can add some more Pitch Black ink.

Prepare a piece of glossy cardstock by swiping alcohol ink over it, using the same colours as for the car. Pounce and drag the Emboss It dabber here and there and sprinkle Rust powder on top. Don't worry too much about how it looks.

Die cut butterflies from this piece. Add some more alcohol ink to the butterflies here and there.

Die cut the fun Rondeaux gears from the prepared foil. You'll also get a bunch of small hearts, keep these too.

For the title, I used Tim's new Alphanumeric set, which are very simple to use together with the Magnetic Platform. Use a cutting pad above and below the paper and dies.

I used a page from an old map book and covered it partly with gesso, using a palette knife.

When the gesso is dry, paint with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain.

When dry, add a watery mix of Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky.

Use the Emboss It dabber around the edges and here and there. Sprinkle rust powder and emboss.

Stamp the background with various sentiment and background stamps. Add some Black Soot around the edges and splatter some more here and there.
The rusty old car has a great textured look to it. I am not so sure I would want to drive around in it though. I layered it on an inked piece of dictionary paper, about the word 'car'.

These butterflies are real pretty. Add one of the hearts to the body of each butterfly.

The very worn Route 66 sign was maybe my favourite part of the project. Love the combination of the rusty metal and brown splotchy background.

For the larger letters, I used the Lowercase Block Talk die. 

Aren't these gear dies great? There are nine in the pack, so plenty of different ones.
I also added a layer of cheese cloth, dyed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Thank you so much for looking! I hope you enjoyed this rusty old tutorial.
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Ranger: Dylusions Journal, Metal Foil Tape Sheets, Glossy Cardstock; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Kraft-Core cardstock
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Going Somewhere, World Traveler, Here & There
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Emboss it Dabber; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Alcohol ink: Adirondack: Stonewashed, Ginger, Espresso, Juniper, Lettuce, Pitch Black, Caramel
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass
Embossing powder: Ranger: Antiquities Rust


  1. Absolutely amazing, love the car and sign die, this will come in handy for all the males in my family. Great card. Glad you gave me a reminder on Facebook because I'm not getting your blog posts.


  2. Oh I'm in a rusty heaven! I love this!! Gorgeous effects! Xx

  3. What an amazing page and an awesome tutorial. I love playing with alcohol inks.
    I have a question though. Is there a reason why you didn't just sponge or dab on some clear embossing ink over top where you wanted it to keep the embossing powder from flying away when heating it? Does it make a difference to the finished texture?

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work! Always inspiring. :)

  4. Ah yes, now I know the news, I can really see the thoughts driving this brilliant creation. The rusty grungy look is simply glorious.
    Alison xx


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