Thursday 27 December 2018

Freshly Made Sketches 368

With Christmas over, it was good to get back into my craft room to have a play with some of pre-order items.

The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches was inspiration for my first card of the day.

I'd pre-ordered the Geared Up Garage bundle: a gloriously masculine set of stamps with matching dies. Ever since I'd seen the gears die-cut, I'd been desperate to give it a faux rusted metal treatment. I first saw this technique about three years ago on a video by Canadian demonstrator, Allison Okimitsu at Nice People Stamp.

It's magic watching the plain card transform into rusted metal. After happily playing with that, I added in some of the co-ordinating  Classic Garage DSP for the rectangular panels.

Here you can see just how realistic the faux rusted metal looks.

The Geared Up Garage bundle and Classic Garage papers will all be available on 3 January 2019 when the Occasions catalogue goes live. Is it on your wish list yet?


  1. LOve this! Could you provide an explanation for a link to find out how to do the faux metal? Thank you! My dad is a mechanic and I feel like he would love this look!

    1. Hi Lisa. The video I watched was this by Allison Okamitsu. Once you have the technique in mind, you can use any colours you like. I found that if you applied the embossing powder quickly, you don't even need versamark. I think the colours I used in the gears were Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay and Cajun Craze applied in that order. I started with Crumb Cake card and I layered it so that it was thicker and stood out more from the base.