Monday, February 8, 2016

Industrial Love

I had a recent, and rare, spate of craft space straightening up, getting stamps and dies organized, and re-organizing my now rather extensive embossing folder collection.  Along the way, I came across one of the Spellbinders 3-D embossing folders, called Roman Romance - seemed appropriate for  at least one of the challenges I had in mind.  I've also been revisiting many of the bookmarked tutorials I've noted since I began looking at all wonderful projects and artists several years ago.... it took me a year to put myself out there, and so glad I did!    
One of the tutorials I looked at is this great faux rusted metal card from Jenny Marples, aka "Buttons"... you can see it here.  Since I wanted to enter the A Vintage Journey's latest "Industrial" challenge, I thought this might be a good place to start.... So I followed Jenny's step-outs, at least initially! As you will see, I ended up riffing on her idea...

 I didn't like the look of the Rusted Hinge paint on my card, so I spritzed it to get some movement.... and added some Ripe Persimmon - a little bright, but I went with it.

and in successive dryings and re-smooshings through the paint, finally arrived at something I liked, even though it no longer resembled Jenny's wonderful take on rusted metal.

Once dry, I embossed with the Spellbinder's Roman Romance 3-D is hard to see on my piece, but the folder slowly fades into nothing., as you see below... it is a very stunning effect. I wanted a dramatic effect, as I would post this as well in the current Country View Challenge "Make Your Own Background".  I thought at first I would use this in landscape, which is why these pictures all have that angle, lol!

 I liked the embossing well enough, but it wasn't really showing the detail, so I spritzed with Hickory Smoke and ground Expresso Distress Stains.  The Hickory Smoke has a vague purplish tone to it that I really liked on the silver - you can see that on the left and right, just below the embossing.

I really liked the rusty grunge effect I had going... but now what?

Well, I knew I wanted to also enter Anything But Cute's latest challenge, "Grungy Love", so I went about adding some grungy frill.   I sprayed some card with Lindy's Stamp Gang's Cattail Copper Brown spray, along with some Ground Expresso Distress Stain (love that stuff!!), and when dry, cut a strip using the Sizzix Vintage Lace Edging Decorative Strip die.  And while I was at it, I mopped up the luscious leftovers with a couple of manila tags....
 The lace die cut was too shiny and light with just the LSG spray, so I spritzed it again with some Gorund Expresso - just the grunge I was looking for!!   You can also see here some of the depth on the mop up tags.... fabulous!!

To get the love thing going, I cut out the letters using one of my mop-up tags and the Decorative Strip die Vintage Market Alphabet from Tim Holtz.  Then I used a word die from Heidi Swapp  - "Imagine".... it is more contemporary but I like the contrast.  And am pleased to say that using my precision plate with both of these dies in my regular Big Shot machine worked like a charm.

My words did not stand out from the background, so I traced around them with a new Micron pen that I got as part of a set - getting ready to ZenTangle for Wanderlust!  This pen is larger than what I will use for that - as a 1.0 (not 0.1).... but perfect for this, as my Black Soot Distress Pen had a little issue with its nib.  Below you can see the difference this simple outlining makes!

I thought I needed to get some hearts in for the ABC challenge - now I think not but ok, I did it anyway, lol!  So I stamped with a heart with French script and a Fleur de Lis in the upper left corner of my piece - but it really did not show up given all the other texture and depth...

So I stamped a few more times, always using StaysOn Black, as my card is pretty slick on the surface from all the paint and sprays.   And just for good measure, I stamped again with another heart from this set, which stands out a bit more as a heart....I also traced around the script hearts with my Micron pen in a dotted pattern - just to help them stand out a bit....didn't trust myself to tracing a line with such a loose pattern!

And there you have it!  Very fun and so glad to be getting into my that I can find it, lol!

As mentioned, I am entering into the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey
Country View Challenges
Anything But Cute

Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you've time, please do leave a comment.  I treasure them all, and YOU!
xxx Lynn


  1. You are so original - I just can't get over it. You do love to play and I could learn a lot from you if I would only read and watch more.
    Unfortunately the only thing I love industrial is my cleaning solution!
    Sandy xx

  2. Experimentation and rust-dearie, you made my heart sing! Love seeing the process and how this grunge design piece came to fruition. Wowzers on the difference an outline makes and gorgeous result-really makes the sentiment pop. Awesome sauce textures and colors! Loves it! Hugz! ~Niki

    1. Oh duh to me! Hehe! Thanks for joining in our "Grungy Love" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz again! ~Niki DT

  3. Oh wow!!LOVE what you did with this one!So much potential for other works.Love those gorgeous colours!!

  4. OH WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Absolutely SUPERB Lynn!!! Seriously, you ran with my tutorial (thanks for the mention!) and took it to a whole new level here! The addition of Hickory and Espresso makes the world of difference (must revisit that myself with those new colours now in my collection!) both to the embossed background and beautiful lace. Completely inspiring as ever. Jenny x

  5. Oh wow Lynn, this is super amazing!!!! I adore the effect you achieved with the embossing, paints and sprays, absolutely superb!!! What a stunning effect! The way you finished it looks fantastic too!! I think this is going to be a new favourite, - oh and of course thanks for adding it to our challenge at AVJ and CVC!

  6. fantastic Industrial piece the combination of colours and their overall effect.

    Great to have you on board at AVJ this month

    Hugs Annie xx

  7. Fabulous, the textures and ink effects are wonderful.

  8. Wow Lynn, this is just gorgeous!! Love me some rusty bits on a grungy project and yours is so full of rustic textures and patterns. I want to touch it!! Loving the black outlines, it really makes the text pop, and your border is such a lovely finishing touch!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Grungy Love' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  9. Oh Lynn!!! I'm in GRUNGY LOVE with this!!! ;0 What gorgeous layering and depth of color you've accomplished. The lace and sentiment detail really bring it together. Fabulous and so very inspiring! Big hugs, Autumn

  10. Just love that rusty, grungy drippage forming the main part of your fabulous card, and the sheen on the lettering and lace detail is really cool. Wonderful stuff... thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

  11. Wow Lynn, I am so pleased that you carried on when you were not so happy because you ended up with a stunning piece of work. I am in love with the embossing folder you used, it is brilliant. Vintage, grungy and simply gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Anne xx

  12. Thank you too, for joining in our Industrial challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs, Anne xx

  13. Lynn, your Grungy Love piece is truly a fantastic work of art! I love that you experiment with your products, and in this case I would say your experiment was a HUGE success! I love the rusted look, that embossing folder is super cool and your outlining of words and dotted doodling against that heart are just the details that make this extra special! Love your work here! Hugs!

    Oops! I almost forgot to say thank you for joining our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute. Mwah! Sara Emily DT

  14. OH MY WORD...I must have had my head up my keister the past few weeks, because I haven't been a diligent blogger and commented are your amazing makes of late. I know I saw a glimpse of them on FB, but..... WOW! From your January tag for TH and then your inking for TFJ and then the crinkled heart and now this incredible rusty love's all AMAZING!!! I can't tell you how excited I got to hear that you organized yourself. It's sort of my hobby to do that and now I am just blown away to see all that you're pulling out of your stash to use. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this texture you created and all the fabulous challenges you met with this latest project. I for one am SO pleased you finally "put yourself out there' for all of us to enjoy your talent...GORGEOUS makes my friend...just stunning!
    Lisa x

  15. Oh my goodness, this is stunning - I love your textures, and the embossing folder is fabulous. I so love the way you mix your techniques and really enjoy yourself with each piece. There is a freedom in your work that is so inspiring and refreshing - I love it.
    Diana xx

  16. Gorgeous Lynn, amazing patina effects, you have nailed the industrial feeling with this amazing creation! Wonderful depth of colour and love the lace, what a perfect touch. Thanks so much for joining our challenge at A Vintage Journey! Deb xo P.S. did you know you can pull the nib out of your Distress marker and turn it around? Just discovered this myself the other day, there's another perfect tip hiding inside! xo

  17. Lynn
    This is brimming over with grungy, drippy goodness and I absolutely love it! Excuse me, while I run my fingertips over that amazing texture (my hands are clean... cleanish!) as it is beautiful especially the way it fades out.
    Lynn, no worries about Stampington, if you ever have any questions and if I can possibly help, you know where to find me. You will know when the time is right for you.

  18. Thank you so very kindly for joining our “Grungy Love” challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  19. Thanks for sharing your wonderful mixed-media techniques! (This is the kind of project that makes me wish I had a die-cutting machine.)

  20. Fabulous!!! LOVE the rust and the the whole look!

  21. I love your experiments and this is just gorgeous rusty textural goodness! Stunning! Ruth x

  22. super cool work - really love the texture on this!Thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and good luck! Hugs rachel x

  23. Utterly scrumptious, Lynn - the rusty grungy industrial look is fab, and that outlined lettering really pops. Still struggling with internet connections, but doing my best to at least get my DT duties done, so thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx