Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One Lucky Day

 Hello friends and visitors! Oh, my goodness! I almost forgot it's the anniversary of our wedding coming up this weekend, so I had to take a quick visit to my Closet  this morning to make my husband's card. Here is my rustic/grunge card for the week!

I made another one of my foil panels for this card, and a step by step tutorial is on it's way the beginning of October. This time, I added some rust! After 21 years of marriage you might expect a little rust!

I saved this photo from the cutting room floor because it showed some of that beautiful patina I was aiming for. It's pretty elusive from the camera. Paints used on this panel include Prima's Alchemy Acrylic in Metallique Steampunk Copper, Twinkling H2O's in Teal Zircon and Chestnut.

The stamped images were fussy cut, and Tim's Words Remnant Rubs spell out part of the message.

An old Tim Holtz expressions stamp spells out the rest. The die cut gears are given a touch of gold, and of course, the papers are aged.


Now let's have a closer look at that wooden frame. This is made with a piece of manila file folder cut to size. I painted just the edges with DecoArt Raw (correction- that's Burnt) Umber, and laid on a coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium in random thicknesses. When dry I laid on a thin coat of DecoArt American Zinc paint followed by a wash of thinned DecoArt Titan Buff Media paint. Next I lightly stroked on Distress paint in Ground Expresso, and finally gave it a coat of DecoArt Ultramatte Varnish, because I don't think shiny wood is rustic. You can see my crackle didn't quite crackle as expected, but it added a nice touch here and there.

Often times I get comments like 'I can't believe that was a ---- before you painted it', so I thought I would show an ugly shot of what this layer looked like before the foil layer was adhered. Pretty bad, huh? See all those colors around the inside edge? And that swipe of paint in the center? I always do my testing of colors in some out of the way place. You can see the Q. Gold and Teal didn't make the cut, nor did the Antiquing Cream look good to me. If you ever get a card from me PLEASE don't disassemble it! It's very messy under there! 

Products used: Die: Tim Holtz Thinlits-Gearhead; Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz Keyboard;  Stamps: Stampendous, Tim Holtz;  Tim Holtz Words Remnant Rubs;  Distress paint:  Ground Expresso; Distress inks: Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Ground Expresso; Jet Black Archival ink; Versamark embossing ink;  Prima Alchemy paint: Metallique Steampunk Copper;  Twinkling H2O's: Teal Zircon, Chestnut;  DecoArt: Burnt Umber and Tital Buff Media paint, Americana Zinc, Matte Medium, Weathered Wood Crackle medium, Ultramatte Varnish Other from my stash: manila file folder, card stock, contractor's foil tape, black gesso, embossing puffs, metallic wax rub-ons.

I had to share these last two shots with my card posing with the wood that provides my inspiration.

And on the rocking chair that's getting grungy and mildew-y just in time for Halloween! I can't wait!

I'm sharing my card with my husband and these wonderful challenges:
Frilly and Funkie-Going Round in Circles! I think my circles might finally not need pointing out! Ha! Ha!

Thank you for stopping by and for all your amazing comments! I sure do appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. stunningly beautiful Sara - I just know your hubby will love it - and congratulations xx

  2. RADICAL! WONDERFUL! Absolutely love the aged look here-- fitting for an anniversary! LOL! Looking forward to your tut., always interesting the way people achieve rust! And these Twinkling H2Os... I think I need them in my life, why do I not have any???!!!

  3. Isn't family always the last minute for our home made cards - you know it's coming and other things get done instead! What a great design for your hubby's anniversary card! Julia xx

  4. Brilliantly designed and constructed Sara and to be honest with you my projects are created in the same way looking very messy in places, but that's the artist in us. I am sure hubby is gonna love his card, it is wonderfully grungy and masculine with the perfect message on it. Happy anniversary to you both xxx

  5. Oooh, I am loving this gorgeous background, I cannot wait to see how you put this technique together - those typewriter keys look fabulous - a gorgeous anniversary card, I hope you both have a wonderful day!

    Whilst I am here, thanks so much for joining in our Create Within A Frame challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Congratulations to you and to your hubby on your anniversary, Sara! I hope you had a wonderful day together!
    What can I say about this brilliant card, you know how much I love grunge, rust, patina, gears and cogs...oooooooh my, it's a grunge heaven, my friend! I can't tell what I love the most here, your stunning background, that fantastic rustic frame, your amazing idea with those papers and the typewriter, your spectacular techniques that turned out perfectly or your absolutely awesome design! It's glorious and your husband is going to treasure it forever! Lots of love to you! Branka xx

  7. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! I love what you've done with the embossing folder background and I can't believe the frame was a folder! Just amazing, Sara Emily!!

  8. Gorgeous with so many beautiful details on your masculine and grungy project! Thank you so much for sharing your project with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

  9. Wow Sara! What a gorgeous card! Love all the rustic details and texture! That background is fabulous! Hope you had a very Happy Anniversary! Surely your husband will treasure this beauty!

  10. Okay, this may sound a bit off but Ivwish you would make me these gorgeous Anniversary cards! I look forward to this post every time. Hehe! Your husband is a lucky guy and my husband says I am funny for saying this. Lmao! Rusty grungy goodness abounds in this design and of course I love it! Happy Anniversary and Congrats on another lovely year spent together. Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  11. Hi Sara Emily, I have been such a lousy blog friend. I'm sorry I haven't made it over to comment on your absolutely amazing work. Speaking of which, congrats on you win on Tim's blog!!! Woohoo ... so well-deserved. Love your TWO takes on his September tag. And then you have this amazing card. Seriously ... you pulled this out at the last minute?!? You are a crafting genius. Happy anniversary to you guys! God bless you both.

    Just read your last comment on my Chiari post. Use the "contact me by email" link on my blog when you get back. I'll email you later today. Hugs to you!!! Mary Elizabeth

  12. Your card is grungtastic - fantastic . Love the typeset background and all that terrific paint effects .
    Happy Anniversary! Sara Emily to you and your hubby . Hope you share a lovely day together .
    hugs x

  13. Wow! This is simply stunning! What a perfect rusty look. I love all the details, embossing, colors, patterns. Thank you for joining us at SSS Monday Challenge Powder Power! Hugs, Macarena

  14. This is sensational! What a wonderful anniversary card, loaded with meaning and tender thoughts, but totally masculine. That is not easy to pull off! I love the metallic background with the typewriter keys. Just sooooo clever! Thanks so much for joining the fun at Frilly and Funkie "going round in circles" challenge!

  15. OMGosh!! This is too sweet!! It was a lucky day for both of you!!
    Happy Anniversary! Hoping the day is especially sweet for the both of you!xx
    ps, how's the kiddo doing? better yet, how are you doing with one bird away? thinking of you!

  16. Hope your anniversary was fabulous! This is one cool and grungy masculine make with so much interest and amazing texture! Stunning my friend!

    1. So happy to see this one take the SSS spotlight! Congrats sweetie!

  17. What a brilliantly grungy, rusty card - the wood frame effect is fab too. A wonderful celebration of a long marriage.
    Alison x

  18. A brilliant male steampunk card, Sara! Love that wood frame and all the fantastic texture! Thank you for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xx

  19. This is absolutely gorgeous industrial style magic Sara Emily! LOVE that keyboard background. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and A Vintage Journey xx

  20. Happy, happy anniversary to you and your hubby, Sara Emily!! I hope you had a wonderful celebration!! This rusty, grungy card is spectacular!! I love the texture!! The way you framed it it fabulous!! I love the typewriter, too!! Stunning make my friend!! I know your hubby adored it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts


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