Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Rusted Watering Can

Time for another technique tag Tim Holtz style at The Craft Shack!  This month I used his "Rusted Grunge" technique which is so realistic & easy!
The background of the #8 manila tag was inked with old paper distress ink using a blending tool & flicked with water.  It was then stamped using Tim's Classics #1Classics #3 & Classics #4 in black Archival ink.

Now for the technique...the Movers & Shapers jalopy & arrow were cut from grungeboard then pressed into distress embossing ink, covering the entire surface.  I did miss a few tiny spots but that'll be OK.  Next the die cuts were covered with vintage photo embossing powder & embossed with a heat tool.  After the EP & grungeboard were totally cool, I scratch the surface with my fingernail to remove some of the granules of the EP.  This gave it a little dimension.  Using a blending tool, I went over it with vintage photo ink, pushing the ink into the EP.  Voila!  There you have it...rust!  It's hard to see but I added a little patina.  With a paint brush, I randomly dabbed the arrow with cracked pistachio paint.  I also used the rust technique on a gold 4mm brad which is used to hold the arrow on the tag.  I placed the tag in a page pocket & will keep it in my Tim Holtz Worn Binder Notebook for future reference.

The #10 manila tag was covered with the wood grain paper from Tim's Christmas Paper Stash.  It wasn't quite long enough but I added a strip of Yuletide Design Tape at the bottom which was a great place to set the watering can.

The watering can was rusted using the technique described above, I die cut Tim's BigZ Watering Can & added the patina. It looks just like one I have in my flower garden!  After the watering can was decorated I used black foam squares to pop it up.

The pine & holly are several dies from Tim's Mini Holiday Greens set & were die cut from various colors of his Core-dinations Shattered Collection, sanded & adhered behind the watering can using glossy accents.

The beaded berries (which I love!) were colored using fired brick stain & a peeled paint marker on the stems.

The poinsettias were done by covering a small piece of white CS with melange tissue wrap using matte collage medium then I die cut 6 small poinsettias using Tim's BigZ Tattered Poinsettia Die.  They were inked with festive berries & adhered together using glossy accents & a mini gold brad then attached with a glue dot.  Oops..I messed up the one at the top so I cut & inked plain white.
In the middle, I tucked a "Holiday Party Invitation" from a pack of festive ephemera.

At the top, 2 pieces of Christmas Jute were intertwined into the SU ribbon (I was out of crinkle ribbon) with 4 of Tim's tiny bells tied to the ends.
What do you think?

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