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Friday 18 September 2020

Cogs, Gears and Textures Tutorial

Hello, this is Ann, thank you for joining me today. I'm sharing a tutorial for my project made for this month's Cogs, Gears and Texture Challenge!

To begin, I sprayed the watercolor paper with Distress Oxide Sprays in Vintage Photo, Mermaid Lagoon and Iced Spruce and spritzed more water. When it dries, I adhered the old book paper and distress the edges, then stamped the numbers on the corners and titched around the panel.

I dry embossed the silver metallic cardstock by Mechanics 3-D Embossing Folder and Rub a Distress Black Soot Paint all over the surface of the foil, getting it down into the crevasses of the design. Using a paper towel and wipe away the excess black paint. You may repeat this process until you achieve the depth of black you desire. Heat dry.

To make more texture, I stamped the Splatter on the edges with VersaMark and sprinkled some Taos Sunset Baked Texture Powder. Hot embossing it with embossing heat gun.

I smeared some Crackle Texture Paste on the edges of linen board.

For the Faceted heart, I covered it with Distress Paint in Peacock Feathers. I adhered gears on the heart to make it look more industrial, then distressed with Walnut Stain Ink. I added some metal charms on the bottom of the heart. 

I die-cut gears from chipboard and used Distress Oxide in Rusty hinge to cover them, then I sprayed them with Clear Texture Spray. When they dry, I used Distress Crayons in different brown and black colors. 

To finish this deco, I adhered some gears and Quote Chips on the panel. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today. If you have not done so yet, there is still plenty of time to join in our Cogs, Gears and Textures challenge, we would love to see what you come up with for that.

Happy crafting and stay safe!

Ann xo


  1. A great tutorial for your fabulous cogs and gears panel, Ann - I love the teal heart and the layering of the metal elements is perfect.
    Alison x

  2. Great to read about the steps you've taken to create you fab project, Ann. Loving all those fantastic close up shots that capture all the wonderful detail so well. Tfs x

  3. I Love your amazing panel Ann and it's great to view the process. Fabulous layers of al the elements. TFS and best wishes
    Annie xx

  4. Wow, what a beautiful design and I so enjoyed seeing how it all came together! I love all the texture that you created with the burlap, gesso, EP and metal cogs and the blue heart in the centre is gorgeous - perfect 😁. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  5. I just love the blues on this and all of the wonderful gears you used on this Ann! Your background is gorgeous (and almost all covered up!) and that blue heart front and center is beautiful! Thanks for sharing how you put this all together! xx