Thursday, April 5, 2018

Rusted Techniques Mini Journal For A Vintage Journey

Hello and happy April!  With the start of the new month it is time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this month our host Autumn has proposed the theme of 'Rusty and Crusty'.  Here is Autumn's brief:

Many of us love rust and enjoy looking for new ways to get that authentic look of crusty peeling metal. For this challenge include some rust in your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project, whether it be the real thing, a faux technique or just a rust colour on your project.

Needless to say I was very happy to join in the fun this month, who doesn't like rust!  I decided to make a little mini techniques journal as a quick reference for the plethora of rusting techniques we all love to use, here's what I ended up with.

Eileen Hull's Needle Book die was the perfect size for my mini and I've already filled it with 4 different faux rusting techniques, read on for the how to.

To be honest, I started this project by simply cutting out multiple diecuts from cardstock and playing with different rusting techniques.  It wasn't until I had a bunch of them completed that the idea for the mini journal came to me.  I first started out by die cutting the hinges from Tim Holtz's Hardware Findings die and treating them with a rusting technique that Andy Skinner had demonstrated for DecoArt Media (click here for the link to Andy's video).  I first added some of Tim Holtz's Distress Paper Mosaic Grout for texture here and there on the hinges;

and then followed the steps as set out in Andy's video.  I didn't have any of the transparent yellow paint that he had used so instead diluted down some Cadmium Yellow Americana paint and it worked just fine.  I ended up coating them with some Distress Matte Collage medium at the end to dull down the shine.

Next I decided to play with Tim Holtz's rusted enamel technique from his Compendium Of Curiosities I book.  Instead of adding the Distress Ink direct to paper as he had done, I first coloured a piece of cardstock with the wrinkle free distress method using Rusty Hinge DI.  Once happy with the background, I tapped the cardstock into the puddles of Rusty Hinge one more time and then sprinkled clear embossing powder over the whole piece.

The embossing powder stuck to the droplets of Distress Ink and after heating it to activate the powder I added a coat of Ground Espresso DI and rubbed it off of the embossed areas.  Wowser, I love it!

I cut out the Crosshatch die from the prepared card, what a cool rusty look!

The Weathered Clock die cut was next, I tried to do Tim's rusted enamel technique on it but apparently didn't flick off enough of the clear embossing powder so ended up with a Rusty Hinge embossed clock, not what I was looking for!  Acrylic paints to the rescue, I stippled on some brown, black and a touch of green and manged to get a reasonable facsimile of rust.

It was lacking texture though, so I added a coat of Distress Matte Collage medium and then heated the medium with my heat tool while it was wet so that it bubbled up and gave some great textures.

And finally, I went back to a tried and true rusting technique, acrylic paint and cinnamon.  I painted a Hardware Findings key with black acrylic paint and, while it was wet, sprinkled on some ground cinnamon, patting it down into the paint so it would stick.

I repeated the process a couple of times to get some good texture and then coated the key with more Distress Matte Collage medium and heated it with the heat gun so it bubbled.

Now it was time to make the mini journal, I die cut Eileen's Needle Book die from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and coloured it inside and out with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks.

The outside of the Needle Book was stamped with Tim's Mesh background stamp and Rusty Hinge DI and I painted some fragments of cheesecloth with rust coloured acrylic paint and adhered them to the front and back of the cover.  The edges were inked with Rusty Hinge and Ground Espresso DI.

I then sprinkled on bits of Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder here and there, heating it from below to melt the powder so it didn't blow away.

The rusted hinges were wrapped around the Needle Book and I sewed a 'rust' coloured button to the front for a closure.  The word 'rusted' was spelled out with Tim's Label Letters onto a fragment of rusted enamel cardstock I had left over and a label was cut out for the front of the journal (I ended up having to edit the word down to 'rust' as I didn't have quite enough room!).

And finally, some pages for the inside were cut from a little artist's sketchbook I had in my stash and the pages painted front and back with Antique Linen Distress stain.

The pages were sewn into the cover with some button thread painted with rust coloured paint and the rust technique die cuts adhered to the pages.  I wrote out a brief description of each technique for quick reference.  I rusted up a Hinge Clip with more rust coloured acrylic paint.

To keep the mini journal closed, I threaded a piece of rusty wire through the back cover, twisted it together and then wrapped it around the button I'd sewn onto the front.  I added dots of black Enamel Accents into the holes on the rusted Hardward Findings hinges.

Here's a peek at the back cover, I used one of the crosshatch offcuts to cover up where the rusted wire had been threaded through.

Hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my rusted techniques mini journal came together, I had a lot of fun playing while making it and can't wait to fill it up with even more ways to make rust as I discover them.

I'd like to add my Rusted Techniques mini journal to the April challenge over at Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.

Make sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides have made to inspire you and that you will consider entering our Rusty and Crusty challenge, you can never have enough rust!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. Wow Deb, what a fantastic tutorial of the different ways you created your fabulous rust!! That rusty background you created is incredible!! By using the different techniques you have ended up with so many different shades of rust, just like you find in real life - absolutely superb!! How clever too, to keep a record of the 'how to's', unlike me who tends to forget how she does things - lol. You have created a mini masterpiece for Autumn's wonderful challenge! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Love this. So many cool ways to get the rusty look.

  3. What a fabulous way to keep a reminder of all the different ways there are to create some rust. I love the little journal, the hinges are brilliant and the closure is so unique and clever. Love it. xxx

  4. Blown away by this little book of rusty inspiration of EPIC proportions! Wow Deb, I love seeing the different effects and to have them all in one place is so awesome! Just love everything about this one!

  5. What a handy little book to keep those rusty techniques safe and sound. I adore it along with all those process pics. I've not tried adding cinnamon to help aid the look of rust but i'm sure it smells wonderful. Thank you so much for the tips and techniques.
    Best wishes and much creativity Tracey x

  6. Absolutely gorgeous Deb, adore your rust and texture. Love how you have used the Dies. Brilliant piece . Tracy ❤️❤️

  7. This is so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your talent xox

  8. Wonderful rusting examples here Deb! and how fun to have the techniques written on the pages of this wonderful little book! I know I always forget how to do the things I see on everyone's blog - I need to do something like this! Julia xx

  9. Such a great idea Deb to make a techniques journal for all those wonderful rusty effects! Your samples look all amazing! Fantastic work for this great theme!

  10. What a lovely mini book! So many "rusting" techniques... thanks for sharing, I'm itching to try them.

  11. This is incredible. I have to try some of these techniques. I love the rusty textures and colors that you've shown. And like everyone says - what a great idea for your little book!

  12. What a great reference source for all those rusty techniques - it's beautiful AND useful, and you really can't ask more than that!
    Alison x

    1. Oops - should also have said thanks so much for joining us at Mini Album Makers with this treat of a book!

  13. What a fabulous rusty and crusty project you have created Deb x I love the cover but the inside is to amazing creative and practical

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie xx

  14. Fabulous piece of rusty crusty creativity! Deb. Loved seeing the various ways you created the variety of rusty effects and referencing them altogether in their own little book is such a terrific idea, practical too as its small enough to travel . Brilliant !
    hugs x

  15. What a fabulous Rust book - and love your different techniques! I need Cinnamon!!! Great to see how effective they are all and combined make a wonderful creation. Nikki xx

  16. Oh Deb, I've been dying to get over and see just how you created this darling book and you've certainly impressed. So many amazing techniques, all packed into a beautiful finished design. I just love this so much and invite you to share with us at Mini Album Makers too. :) Big hugs, Autumn

  17. Deb, your compendium of rust is the best ever! I am particularly drawn to the method you've used for the cross hatch, and am going to have to give that one a whirl! Brilliant project and a great reference book for the library! Ha! Ha! Hugs to you!

  18. Just popped back to say thanks so much for joining in this month at Mini Album Makers. Hugs, Anne xx

  19. Great mini journal - love it all that yummy texture too x

    1. Wow, such an amazing journal! It's the perfect place to keep all those different rusty techniques and examples too 😀. This is such an inspirational post, thanks so much for sharing and wishing you a Happy Weekend! J 😊

  20. Oh, yes! I love me some rusted junk! LOL This is fab-you-luss! Thanks for the tutorial, too! Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at Mini Album Makers Challenge.


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