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Monday, 8 September 2014

Destination Inspiration - Faux Rusted Metal Effects

Hi everyone, Jenny from Pushing The Right Buttons reporting for duty as your Creative Guide in charge of today's Destination Inspiration. It's always a challenge for anyone putting a tutorial together to come up with something a bit different so that people learn and grow, especially when you've already seen some incredible tutorials over the past couple of months. After much deliberation I decided to show you a couple of techniques for creating faux metal effects using Distress Paints in combination with other media. We all spend time (hours!) on Pinterest gazing at images and ideas, and it was whilst doing this recently that I came across a couple of photos of rusting metal.

Here's the first...


Love it! But how to replicate this? Start by covering a piece of plain card with Pumice Stone Distress Paint and dry completely.


Smoosh Rusty Hinge and Brushed Pewter Distress Paints onto your craft mat and swipe your card through diagonally. Dry with a heat gun and repeat this process until you've mopped up all the paint. It should get less liquid as you go.


Put a few tiny dots of Potting Soil Archival Ink onto your mat with a little surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol). Roll a brayer through to pick up spots of ink and apply to your card with the brayer.


Finally emboss your card with a Texture Fades embossing folder and rub over the raised areas with an Sepia Archival Ink pad.


Here's the second rusted metal photo...


Gotta love these strong colours and bold patterns. Now to recreate it. Cover a piece of card with Barn Door Distress Paint and dry completely.


Add a little Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Paints to your craft mat with a little water and push your card into it. Dry and repeat the process over different parts of the card until all the paint is used up.


Emboss your dried card with a Texture Fades embossing folder, then apply a little Brushed Pewter and Stormy Sky Distress Paint over the raised areas with a brayer. If you apply too much repeat the process using a little more Barn Door Distress Paint.


Finally swipe your card through Fired Brick Distress Stain and whilst wet sprinkle over Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. Heat to dry, then rub gently to remove the release crystals.


And here's my finished faux metal effect pieces of card; not far off the originals eh? "Now what?" I hear you cry. You'll get to see the rusted iron piece on my next DT sample, but for the red rusted piece...


... here's a little something I whipped up! I decided to use the whole panel, but you could easily die cut it or chop it into smaller pieces if your design demanded it.


Once dry, the red colour on this panel mimicked Festive Berries Distress Ink, and being completely stumped for the choice of complimentary colours, I took Tim's lead with his Distress Mini's set - Milled Lavender, Shabby Shutters and Tea Dye. These are not colours I'd have chosen but the man really is a genius as they worked a dream! And so to some close ups...





You'll find all of the products used for this tutorial in the online shop of our generous sponsor, Country View Crafts.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to give the two techniques a go. Of course you'll have to wait until the launch of the next challenge to see what I've done with the second background, but in the meantime make sure you get involved with our current theme 'With a Flourish' to be in with a chance to win.

For now it's time for me to wish you a happy week ahead and encourage you to take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

36 comments:

  1. I love your rusted effects; this looks so much like the real thing. Thank you for a great tutorial and inspiration. I will be trying this in the near future, but I need to do some shopping and pick up that Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. Even though I've worked in a hospital, I've never heard that term "surgical spirit"; I'm glad you cleared that up for me. These are wonderful backgrounds; I can't wait to see what you do with the other one.

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  2. Amazing. I want to thank you for this tutorial and I can't wait to try these techniques! Brilliant.

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  3. Great Job!! Everyone will want to try this.

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  4. Such a detailed tutorial, it seems so easy. Gotta try it...Thanks you for sharing.

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  5. Your reproductions of the original rusted metals are incredible Jenny, you have created the perfect techniques to produce our own pieces easily and shown us how wonderful they look in designing cards. Thanks for such an interesting and detailed set of process steps and sharing how your amazing creative mind works. X

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  6. wow Jenny great tutorials...thanks for sharing hugs kath xxx

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  7. Fabulous Jenny! You've recreated those rusted looks beautifully , love the card too x

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  8. Another stunning creation.
    I really need to pluck up courage to do something like this.
    Great Tutorial

    Patricia xx

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  9. What a superb and perfect tutorial Jenny, I love how you managed to recreate those inspiration pieces! Brilliant and easy to follow step by step photos and stunning end results. The finished piece using the second sample is a perfect application for the technique, what a wonderful and creative card and just the perfect backdrop for that wonderful stamp, beautifully put together!! Oops, did you notice how often I used the word perfect? Well, this was just the perfect DI!!!

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  10. Wow, great tutorial, so easy to follow! This faux metal looks nearly "real", that´s fantastic!
    Well, although next time I can open my own store with stuff (most of you´ll know what I mean :-)), I don´t have some of the goodies, but I´ll put them on my wish list.

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  11. Great tutorial, LOVE LOVE LOVE the designs and the faux rusted metal.
    Thank you so much for this tutorial.
    Veerle x

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  12. Fabulous techniques Jenny - thanks for sharing. Nikki x

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  13. Wow, that is really impressive! Fabulous tutorial. I love faux metal techniques. Looking forward to giving these a whirl.

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  14. Jenny this is awesome!!! What a fab tutorial. You explained everything so well and the results are amazing!!! Your card is stunning as always and I can't wait to see what you've done with the other faux metal piece!! Fabulous work!! ox

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  15. Gorgeous card. Thanks for your explanation.
    Very inspiring. Wonderful color combination Anneke.

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  16. Wow, a wonderful card, Jenny. Thank you for the tutorial

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  17. Great technique, need the panel embossing folder, it looks amazing. thanks for the tutorial :-) xxx

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  18. Fabulous tut Jenny and very creative. Love what you have done to recreate the effects of the rusting metal. TFS and crafty hugs
    Annie x

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  19. Your tutorial is excellent Jenny, love those techniques and the resulting card is just beautiful! Anne xx

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  20. Fabulous tutorial, love how you replicated your inspirational images
    Great colours and textures, brilliant metallic effects

    Jools x

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  21. Oh you are just toooo clever - brilliant effects Jenny to mirror the photos. Thanks for sharing your fabulous how-tos. The card looks wonderful and yes Tim's colour combo (surprisingly) works a treat. Nicola x

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  22. SUPER WONDEROUS TUTORIAL... love it all... and have everything to try it later on... love this... very to the point and GREAT... thanks so very much Jenny for your creative spirit in this lesson... LOVE IT... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  23. So realistic, fabulous tutorial Jenny, thanks for sharing. Ruth x

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  24. Jenny.....fantastic tutorial. I will certainly be back to have another look. Thanks so much. Love your card too. Karen.x

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  25. Love the effects you achieved!!

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  26. Totally fantastic tutorial and a beautiful card - can't wait to see what you've done with the other panel.
    Alison xx

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  27. Thank you for a great tutorial.... LOVE the effect you achieved. Really need to try this !!!
    Thank for sharing. Hugs Monica... Spain

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  28. Simply wonderful and a real inspiration,thank you
    Hugs
    Donna xx

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  29. Love this Jenny! can't wait to try it out - I think I have ALL of the supplies needed!!

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  30. Great looking rusted effects with a wonderful tutorial. thanks as always for sharing.

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  31. So much fun! Love the inspirational pictures and how you've replicated them. And the card you made with it is absolutely stunning! Hugs, Sandra

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  32. Oh! love this effect Jenny must give it a go, thanks so much for the inspiration. Mo x

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  33. Wonderful DI share with so much great information! Love the effect and the end result! Gorgeous card, Jenny!

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  34. Love your faux metal techniques, Jenny!! So pretty!!!! :) Yeah, metal effects are pretty!! I said it :) Love the fun card you made-the colors are fabulous!! Fantastic tutorial, Jenny! XOXO-Shari T.

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  35. these are great ideas a wonderful tutorial Jenny xx

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