Hi Guys, my turn again for DT Tuesday.

I was looking for a distressed look for this tag so I decided to have a play with some of the distress oxide pads to see if I could create a rusty background.

I smudged some vintage photo oxide onto my glass mat before spritzing with water and smoothing my mixed media paper into the ink. I covered most of the paper by smoothing before drying with a heat gun. I repeated the same process with frayed burlap, cracked pistachio and antique linen.

Once it was all dry I went over the top with vintage photo distress ink before embossing with the foundry folder. To bring out the texture and enhance the distressed background I dry brushed with Prima matte wax in charcoal black.

I tore my embossed sheet into two sections so I could have another layer underneath peaking through.

To create the middle layer I applied some wet glue to a grayboard off cut and sprinkled with the ILMM rusty embossing powder. I then heated it to melt the powder and deliberately overheated the glue so that it bubbled to create more texture adding a little more powder as I did so. As this layer was a little bright I also dry brushed this with some charcoal matte wax.

I glued the embossed sheet down using 3d matte gel medium.

The cogs were made from the ILMM resin which I painted with black Gesso before employing the rust techniques from my live. I finished off with a light touch of rusty red matte wax.

I added a paper doll to provide some interest and used a pencil to add a slight shadow.

To finish off the tag embossed a quote chip with the vintage photo distress glaze and glued it down with 3d gel.

Materials List

  • ILMM Rusty embossing powder
  • ILMM Clear Resin
  • Prima Heavy Black Gesso
  • Prima Charcoal black matte wax
  • Prima Rusty red matte wax
  • Prima 3D gel medium
  • Prima mould
  • DecoArt Texture sand paste
  • DecoArt Burnt umber fluid acrylic
  • DecoArt Quinacridone gold fluid acrylic
  • Tim Holtz Quote chips
  • Tim Holtz Vintage photo distress glaze


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My name is Gareth, I’m a man (obviously) and I have been crafting now in some form or another for about 15 years.  I started off making beaded jewelry then progressed on to making cards, and from there its jumped to art journalling and mixed media projects.  My personal style is quite vintage distressed with plenty of grunge thrown in.  Every now and then I like to mix things up and try and make pieces from different styles so that I can challenge myself and grow in experience.

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