Monday, April 25, 2016

Show Us Your Metal...

Hi Everyone...and before we know it's Monday again and that's means it's time to play along on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's Butterfly Beauty challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...

I made a cover for a photo album and quickly discovered that my camera is not happy with anything that is shiny or metallic so it was a bit of a challenge to capture the metallic sheen without the glare...

I started off by matting paper from Tim Holtz Regions Beyond Paper Stash Pad on to Ranger Black Cardstock. I dabbed the Orange Blossom Archival Ink Pad (Distress Rusty Hinge would work too) around the edges...sprinkled my mixed to order Rust Embossing Powder (not my recipe I hasten to add but one from the fabulous Wendy Vecchi which you can find HERE) and heated until it melted. The camera doesn't really pick it up but it's a great rusty metal effect.
I attached Ranger Foil Tape Sheet to black cardstock and used the Tim Holtz Gears Texture Fade to create some metallic texture. I generously applied Vintage Photo and Black Distress Crayons and used my fingers to rub the colours in to the detail...
and then used a paper towel to remove some of the colour and let the metal shine through
I made a frame for my gentleman who by the way features on one of the papers from Regions Beyond using Idea-ology Industrious Stickers...don't look too closely at that badly mitred corner...
and inked up a scrap of manila cardstock to use with the Rust Embossing Powder mix to die cut lots of gears using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlits Gearhead ...
I decorated the gears with Idea-ology Nailheads and Gears

I coloured a Flashcard with the Vintage Photo Distress Crayon and used the same technique as before to create the rusty look and finished with Dapper Design Tape around the edges and some Big Chat and Small Talk Stickers for the sentiment...
You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...

Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and as always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

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And now it's your turn...I'm looking forward to seeing what you all create this week
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Does the gentleman in the photo remind you of grampa Clampitt from Beverly Hillbillies or is it just me?xx

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  3. Absolutely fabulous Kath!! I love that rust effect embossing,think I need some of that. Hugs Ann xx

  4. What a super creation Kath - it looks fabulous.
    Toni xx

  5. Fabulous card Kath love all the cogs and colours it really does look like rust on your card and that great image just finishes it off so well


  6. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this card! Fabulous layout and texture.
    Linda xxxx

  7. Metal, rust and a whole heap of cleverness with those crayons! LOVE xx

  8. Hi Kath.....This is stunning work x

  9. Oh wow Kath, I am loving that gorgeous background you created with the crayons - it looks fabulous. The extra cogs on top are just the icing on the cake - LOVE this - a lot!! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Wow! Brilliant to combine a rusty colored ink and embossing powder to create a "rusty/metal" look! This is awesome, Kath!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. this is great x love those rusty gears x

  12. This is fabulous Kath x love the textured background and the depth created with the crayons. Your gent looks great in his frame and all the rusting is wonderful

    Love it

    Keep cosy

    Annie x x

  13. Love this piece Kath! the rusty gears are stunning! I adore wendy's tutorial ! Youve interpreted it in a wonderful way! Barbara

  14. After seeing this on Simon Says I had to come take a closer look. It's fabulous, marvellous and gorgeously rusty Kath! Love it Karen x

  15. need the cog dies. really great

  16. Oh my, LOVE this Kath! What an awesome cover for old photos (or new), love the wonderful textures and rusty bits.

  17. Kath, this projest is fabulous! I love all the details you applied and especially the Rusty Embossing Powder, I have to order this treasure :-) The metal foil treated with distress colors is just stunning. I love this! Hugs, Marzena

  18. Kath, this is such a beautiful piece. I love the "rusty" metal pieces. All the details and the design are amazing! Cathie

  19. Love your beautiful creation, Kath. Those gears and texture you created are awesome! :)

  20. A gorgeous creation Kath and I adore the metallic background and the rusty cogs, which look wonderful together! I also feel your pain over trying to capture the shine of the metal on camera, it took me longer to photograph, than to make the project, lol! ;)
    Hugs xx

  21. I've been scrolling through to catch up a bit, and had to pause here to say "wow"! Love those rusty cogs, and the DCs look as though they really come in to their own on the foil. Fabulous textures throughout - love it!
    Alison x

  22. Ohh wow, Kath! This is fabulous! Love the rusty gears and the picture with the gorgeous frame really stands out! Stunning piece! Hugs, Sandra

  23. Gorgeous project as always Kath! I am just loving the gears and the amazing rusty color you acheived with the mix of embossing powders :)

  24. I am a total and complete non-baker, so I get nervous whenever I see the word "recipe"! But this recipe was nothing but delightful! I'm so impressed at how you created all that rust. Maybe just maybe this is one recipe that wouldn't turn out disastrous for me! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. This is so cool Kath! I love the wonderful rust effect that you got and those awesome gears. Absolutely stunning!


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hugs Kath xxx