Monday 8 October 2012

A Touch Of Rust

Simon Says Stamp and Show is looking for a touch of RUST this week, anything from rusted bolts, rust coloured cardstock or aged/tarnished metal or a rust effect, whatever takes your fancy!

I have been participating in Andy Skinner's on-line workshop Timeworn Techniques, which I can highly recommend if you are looking to try something a little different. Here I have used his rust technique, peeled paint technique and aged ivory technique.
This is one piece that I really enjoyed creating, I love all things rusty, I love Halloween and I love texture and all those are captured in abundance in my spooky piece. Lots of texture from Gesso and dimension from a framed skull cut six times from mountboard using the Sizzix Skull Die. No spooky creation is complete without bats which I have used around the outside edge of my frame adding two to the central panel, all cut using the Bewitching Hour die. This will take pride of place on my lounge coffee table during our Halloween celebrations.
I owe a huge THANK YOU to my fellow team member Candy who kindly sent me some fabulous Halloween goodies, including the mini skulls on my frame and the larger skull in the bottom right that I have applied the aged ivory technique to.
Once I had created the peeled paint in the background I then cut the vintage cabinet card from thick card, applied the rust technique and added to my background, I thought this was perfect to house my dimensional skull. To add further texture and interest to my piece I applied a thick layer of Gesso to my skull and bats, I am loving this technique at the moment, the skull is so tactile.
I tried to leave a shadow around my skull and on the inside of my skull to add to that spooky feel. I love the rivets around my piece they add to the rustic feel and add further dimension and interest.
I also added bats around all four sides of my frame applying the rust technique once again, I love this little detail, its these small details that make me happy!
From this angle you can see the dimension on my skull, the texture from the Gesso and the peeled paint technique in the background.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x  

Products Used:

Sizzix Skull Die
Tim Holtz Alterations Bewitching Hour Die
Tim Holtz Alterations Vintage Cabinet Card Die
Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Cabinet Card die


May said...

I so love this project and the texture and aged look you achieved.

Inkypinkycraft said...

What a wonderful rusty make, you rocked the rust!!!! Trace x

Sandy said...

OMG this is absolutely unique.
So great rutsy piece Tracy.
This rock.

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous effects from your course Tracy. Just love the skulls and grungy feel to this piece.
Happy Monday.
Hugs Brenda xox

Carol Q said...

that looks really good Tracy. I must do this course lol.

Andy Skinner said...


Jenny Marples said...

The DT's work for this challenge has been outstanding and this is no exception Tracy. Love the way you have really gone to town with the rust effect and worked it into those skulls. Love it. Hugs, Buttons x

Candy C said...! Andy Skinner even popped by to leave a comment! WooHoo! Your Rusty piece is just amazing! I love everything about it! It's so spooky and makes me think about a scary crypt somewhere! As always, you've created such a detailed and well done project! Love your piece! <3 Candy

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous halloween decor! The skull with all that texture is fab! I love the way you have framed this out! Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Tracy this is amazing... I almost signed up for Andy's class... Now I'm disappointed I didn't... This turned out unbelievable. Great job !

Ella's Design said...

Fantastic project, Tracy! I was blown away by the DT inspiration at SSS & Show and this is no exception! Love all your paint techniques and the finished effect is just fabulous! A really spooky piece! Lisa X

Lori said...

This is fabulous Tracy! I'm taking the online Book of Secrets class, have yet to try the techs on my practice tag, but you and Candy are convincing me I need to take the Timeworn

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What a fun & spooky piece, Tracy! I really love the dimension and side embellishing! :)

Simon Says Stamp!

Sandra said...

Wow Tracy, you really used a lot of Andy's techniques in this project! I recognized a few only by looking at the pictures! This is such a cool project! Hugs, Sandra

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Scary COOL!!! Rusted metal madness...I love it!

Michelle Webb said...

Tracy this is really cool, I love that technique it looks so real! The rivets look amazing too. The texture on the skull really makes it come alive. The edge of the frame with the bats is a brilliant touch. Like that lots. Michelle x

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh my... it's just fabulous, Tracy! I am taking his online class beginning later this month and can't wait. You UK gals are such enablers! ;-)

Anonymous said...

very cool take on the challenge :)

Words and Pictures said...

Amazing use of the AS techniques for a piece so full of atmosphere and funky grungy texture... I'm now so far behind on the Timeworn techniques - ouch!!
Alison x

Redanne said...

What a fabulous piece Tracy, it looks as though you have used every one of Andy's techniques on this piece of art. Love the skull as the central focus, the bats are fabulous, as is the whole frame. Anne x

Tracey said...

WOZERS Tracy!! LOVE your techniques!!