Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Growing In Unity Day 3

Happy Wednesday, it's day 3 of my week of GIU. Today I am focusing on some of my favorite grunge techniques. I love getting messy and making some super grungy, old looking art.


Gather supplies. I used a variety of brown distress inks, some foil, a metal patterned embossing folder, rusting paste and corrosion colored patina, as well as my handy dandy spray bottle.


Start off by covering your watercolor base with a layer of ink.


Spritz with water, trying to get drops of all sizes. The big ones leave cool texture.


Dry with heat tool. I dry between each step to minimize the colors turing into mud.


Chose a color and stamp it onto a silicone mat or waxy side of freezer paper. Stamp it all over.


Spritz with water. Not too much, or you lose those small bits of ink


Press water color paper into ink.


Heat set again.


Keep adding ink until you achieve the aged look you desire.


I decided to add some aged stamps, using the technique I showcased on Monday.


Make sure everything is heat set.


For the metal plate, I used a scrap of paper, could be card stock or watercolor paper, and adhered foil, wrapping a bit around the back so it was all covered.


Place into metal patterned embossing folder and run through die cut machine.


The foil really gives it that metal look (well, foil is metal after all), but this is a distressed card, so out came the rusting paste. I love the old look this product gives and to top it off, I used a blue patina for a corroded look.


I finished off my card by stamping one of the cars and the "You. Are. Old." sentiment from Consider Yourself Vintage set.

I'll see you tomorrow, don't forget to comment to be in the running for one of two grab bags of Unity stamps!

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58 comments:

Kimber Lamm said...

Love it sooooo much.

Shabby Chic Paper Crafts said...

Love this!! Can't wait to try somthing with foil!

stamping sue said...

messy is good! I like your finished project.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Kris Kok said...

Love this! I need to try that!

ccheney said...

I need to try this technique! I am learning so many new things!

Meg Crawford said...

Love all the layers of texture on your card. Distress Ink backgrounds are one of my favorites.

Gina Furman said...

Love the technique! I'm guessing this can also be used for other layering as well. Very nice card.

Jennifer Scull said...

this is jaw dropping amazing!!! and I really appreciate you taking the time to do the step out bits for people like me who need the extra help figuring out some of the parts. :)

Naomi said...

I love this! I am definitely going to try the foil technique. Thank you for sharing!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I never thought of using alum foil and then embossing. Great idea.

Wynne Grob said...

wow...that is awesome...thanks for sharing what you did! ~ Wynne

Linda Pekrul said...

I am really enjoying your tutorials! They are awesome, as are your cards!

Shannon Edwards said...

Another winner. These tutorials are the best.

Gretchen said...

All the lovely layers of texture really makes this card. :)

Cindy Moser said...

Cool! Love this aging technique! Thank you!

Daisydo said...

I don't have to like you as much as I do. It's a choice. Every meowing day, you are on the bubble. Today, I don't like you as much as I did yesterday. Keep up this amazing work and I won't like you At. ALL.

Becky Heidrich said...

Love the techniques and how you show step by step. The card looks amazing.

Two Sisters Scrapbooking said...

great techniques and cant wait to try

Tanya K said...

That's a fantastic card. I love the techniques.

Cynthia said...

Great mixed media project, Laura.

chickapotamus said...

seriously amazing! love the distressed metal piece!

kahaulani said...

I LOVE these tutorials😍😍😍 fabulous job! Thank you for sharing!!

stampologist said...

Love this idea! Cool guy card! I used the clock on a grunge ceramic cup, I made for my stepdad. Love that set! Thanks for the idea!

Pam said...

Absolutely phenomenal! Grunge and shabby are some of my fave techniques. This is just wonderful!

Denise S. said...

Great card! I have that folder and have never done the grungy look for the foil, but will have to try it now because this looks fabulous.

alyson esposito said...

Amazing project! Lots of great ideas, thank you for sharing

Denise Hartley said...

Ooh I love this. Great textures. Good for men and funny to boot. You are rocking this GUI gig.

Helen Mazengarb said...

Great masculine card, love the texture and inking. Thanks for sharing

Tara Robinson said...

Amazing technique loved it

Sheryl said...

I'm so grunge-challenged. Loving your tutorials!

Veronica said...

Hate is strong! Keep it up, and I'll wonder why we're still friends.
Meowing awesome! I've learned something new every day!!

Rebecca Wall said...

Love grunge!

Beth F. said...

Oh my goodness! So wonderfully grungy and awesome! Love it!

Sher said...

Seriously love this and seriously am going to try your technique! Awesome card!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow, this is stunning and fabulous! I will have to CASE this beauty. Thanks for the awesome tips.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Perfect grunge effect! It almost looked like a granite counter top...Then came the fantastic embellishments!

Erika Hayes said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE you and this card!

Wendy said...

Thank you for the detail share. I love the grunge effect (the whole card is awesome ) but mine doesn't turn out grungy!! Now I know why! I'm away from home & can't wait to get back & try this out!!!!! PS I thought each step looked beautiful but you kept making it better !!!😍

Victoria Wright said...

Guy cards are so hard ....love this....looks great...thanks

Tammy said...

Love this card men cards are so often hard to do and yours is stunning. Tfs hugs Tammy

Jan Vint said...

Amazing - I love the rusted earthy look of this project!

Lisa Burke said...

so many cool ideas executed into one fantastic card...again, Thanks so much for taking us step by step! See you tomorrow!

alo said...

Amazing card, I love how it turned out! I need to try both techniques -for the grungy paper and the foil!

alo said...

Amazing card, I love how it turned out! I need to try both techniques -for the grungy paper and the foil!

krich said...

What a great technique. Love how your card turned out.

Vencine Martin said...

Great masculine card! Nice job!

Amy Ismail said...

Love this technique! I need to try embossing foil.

Valerie said...

This is so cool! Thanks for the tips!

Bon Bon Towne said...

I always forget about using foil. Thank you for another great idea.

Tammy V said...

Love these techniques! Hopefully I can translate them into something we can use down the road on my husband's train layout :)

sharon g said...

The layers of different ink colors is such a great idea. I also love the metal--they both go well with the old timey car.

Colleen Quigley said...

Very cool technique! Another add to the we need to try this list

D Hill said...

You are amazing! That is a GREAT card.

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous man card. Love the layers and the textures. Hugz

Kathryn said...

This is such a great masculine look. I just got the car stamp and need to ink it up. I'll be coming back to look at this for inspiration.

Beckiejo said...

Very masculine! Thanks for the inspiration

Karen Kondrick said...

I love everything about this card.

Lisa :) said...

SUCH a cool card! You really shared several techniques with this one, I appreciate it!!