Friday, January 7, 2011

Rusted Grunge

Time for another Tim technique out of his latest book 'Compendium of Curiosities'.  Linda chose 'Rusted Grunge' and the deets can be found on page 45.

Tim's Gadget Gears got the royal treatment while I did another cool one on the background, courtesy of Wendy.  First I inked Tim's Grunge Alphabet with Espresso pigment ink but wiped most of it off before I stamped it on the tag.  Then I laid down rows of Japanese paper tape and smeared Butterscotch and Terra Cotta pigment inks over them*.  With the TC I barely touched the tag, trying to make it streaky like fabric strands.  I smeared some Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DIs over all the tag.  Love it!

The keys (nasty big punch that is a PIN to use) were punched from a paint chip and outlined with a black gel pen to give some dimension.  Tim's alpha numbers were cut from black cardstock then Glossy Accents was applied to give shine and sex appeal (just checking to see how much you read! lol).  The numbers were leftover from another project and just happened to be on my work surface.  Obviously I was meant to use them to mark Week 26.

My brother turns 50 in a few months and I'm making him a scrapbook of his life thus far.  Do you think I'd be carrying the age thing too far if I used this technique on the album?!?!!? 

* I'm sure these strips will be showing up in a future project


  1. Wonderful tag. I think your brother would appreciate anyone over 25 has gotten a bit rusty. At 50 might be more than a bit. Have fun. Cheers!

  2. These techs go great together, the gears are always up for some rust, I'm sure your brother won't mind! lol!

  3. What fun you can have,using 'rusty' for your brother's birthday! *lol*

  4. This is such a great use of the rusted grunge, Susan! The cogs looks fabulous, and the gorgeous background and dimensional keys complement them perfectly. I love how you used the paper tape-- what great texture. Yep, you've definitely achieved serious crafty sex appeal with this one!

    Your brother is going to love his scrapbook, and I absolutely think you should use this technique for the album!

    Great job!