To get the over sized piece of lumber for the background, I just folded my kraft cardstock in half and ran it through my Big Kick following Tim Holtz tips and tricks video. I'm not concerned by the heavy line from the fold since it will be mostly covered and just looks like the other shadows between the boards. And of course, one half is debossed, but that just adds to the variation in the lumber. To make that lovely wood grain come to life, I just dry brushed over the raised areas with Ground Espresso Distress paint. I cut a piece of cardboard from a box for my backing and ran a strip of copper foil tape around the edges. I adhered the Lumber panel to the cardboard using Distress Collage Medium Matte and rusted the edges with Distress Grit paste, rusting paste, and Evergreen Bough Distress paint.
To get this aged rusted metal look, I used Tim's Foundry 3D Texture Fade along with Metallic kraft stock. I painted it with Distress paints -- Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, Evergreen Bough, and Fired Brick -- and rubbed with crayons -- Walnut Stain and Hickory Smoke to bring out the fantastic deep texture. I backed it with Classic Kraft stock and textured black card, both sanded and inked.
The rusty splotches were made with Distress Grit paste, Rust Effect paste and Evergreen Bough paint.
I colored Tim's Numeric numbers in the same paints as the background, excluding Rusty Hinge.
I inked the clock from the Inventor 1 set with Distress Archival ink Black Soot on watercolor paper and dipped it into puddles of Distress Oxide Antique Linen, Iced Spruce, and Frayed Burlap. I fussy cut the clock and cogs from the image and layered them with an ad from Collector Layers and a gentleman Paper Doll. He's colored in Evergreen Bough Distress ink and the men's clothing ad aged a bit with brown Distress inks.
A pair of Tim's Arrow Adornments painted with Evergreen Bough and Ground Espresso point to the appropriate number on the piece of vintage folding ruler from my stash. It was a little too perfect, so I aged it with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide and Black Soot crayon. You could easily substitute with Tim's Ideaology Ruler Pieces, but I couldn't get the numbers on his to work out with my design this time. You can where I've used these Ruler Pieces on my 4th of July Tag and this grungy, but feminine vintage panel. They look just as good as the real deal!
A tiny altered washer, three altered brads from my stash and a Snarky Small Talk sticker finish off my son's birthday decorative panel.
I hope you've picked up some tips and ideas for using these wonderful dimensional embossing folders. Thank you for visiting today and for all your wonderful comments!