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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Rust Rules!


Hello all!  Can you believe it's October already?!  Time for a new set of challenges around Craftyblogland.

I'll be back very shortly with my offering for Country View Challenges, but first we're kicking off the new theme over at Our Creative Corner.

Our brilliant leader Laura is our host this month, and she's inviting you all to Go Rustic.  Here's what she had to say: We want to see a huge variety of items here, so make anything you like, but add some RUST!  Now you can take this rust-ic creativity to any level you like - you can use just use some rusty autumnal colours or you can really go for it and work with gorgeous, rough textured, grungy, real or faux rust.

Before you go and check out the amazing inspiration over at Our Creative Corner, here's my starter for ten...  I've kept it pretty simple this month.

I do love a bit of rust and I think it goes perfectly with one of my other favourite things, corrugated cardboard.








I built up my hanging over a piece of cardboard which I rusted up with lots of layers of paint and embossing powder.











The paint included lots of DecoArt colours - Burnt and Raw Umbers, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Red Iron Oxide amongst others.

And for texture there are various Distress embossing powders - Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Vintage Photo - as well as the Ranger Antiquities Rust.










I added Weathered Wood Distress Paint around the edges later on to provide some contrast, and to tone in with the central panel.












For that panel, I stamped one of my favourite Tim Holtz quote stamps onto some white card, and then inked around it with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.















Around the corners I stamped possibly my all-time favourite branches, from the Silhouette Blossoms set by Autumn Leaves.













The Idea-ology flowers have been treated with the Crafty Notions Rusting Powder.  (You apply it over multi-medium and then spritz with vinegar and let it work - you can see the process in detail in my post Tea Dye and Rusty Hinge.)








I layered in a couple of washers from that same rusting session and attached my little floral arrangements in opposite corners.













It still needed a little something extra, so I layered in some torn book pages to give it a little lift, and the whole thing is strung up with twine that's been roughed up with some more Weathered Wood Distress Paint.







I hope you like my rusty rustic hanging.  My team-mates are also rust-lovers and you're going to be amazed by what they've come up with this month, I promise.


Check out their fantastic projects over at Our Creative Corner and we hope you'll be inspired to come and play soon.  Our sponsor this month is the fabulous Funkie Junkie Boutique, so make sure you comply with all the challenge rules to qualify for the prize!  Oh, and I'll be back very shortly with the new CVC challenge details... see you then!

A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust.
James Stephens

33 comments:

Rita said...

Love the rusty look Alison . You have certainly made it look so real too. One of my favourite techniques too. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Marie Mazz CAIRNS said...

I love ALL of this rust! as well as the plaque affirmation and inspo. love the corrugated cardboard technique too.

Helen said...

I am loving all your rust on this project, Alison!! Fabulous textures.

Karin said...

Beautiful rusty look, great tag!
Groetjes Karin

Cestina said...

Aha - may I order a couple of strips of the rusted cardboard for the roof over the Selsky Baroko woodpile please? Exactly what is needed! Stunning.

Julia said...

Your rust projects are probably my favourites, so effective.

Julia S-W said...

Rust is one of my favourite things too so this little beauty is right up my street Alison. Just love the combination of the blue and rust tones.
Julia xx

Kezzy said...

WOW wow wow I am loving this truly awesome rustic piece. Yep thank goodness I can get around my craft room now as I'm off to plan some rustic pieces. Ever since I did my rustic Hot Air Balloon I have been dying to have another go. Yep Yep Yep lol. I love your background on corrugated cardboard, truly rusted and the metal flowers are awesome. Happy Creating :-) Kezzy xxx

JackieP Neal said...

Absolutely Fabulous! you have that rusting down perfect Alison!! I love this tag!! Thanks so much for sharing!
xoxo

die amelie said...

Yay! Rusty corrugated card goodness! LOVE it!

Claudia x

Marci said...

Great tag!

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous rusty hanger Alison, corrugated card is just always so versatile!

Dorthe said...

AMAZING !! the rusted parts looks so real, Ijust love the flowers Alison, what a wonderful tag!
Dorthe, xo

sam21ski said...

Ooooh your rust looks absolutely fantastic Alison - gorgeous xxx

Tincan Crafter said...

OH MY - I do love this. I love RUST and I love how you have been able to make it look so real. You are just so amazing Alison, I am always so in awe of your incredible vision and talent!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Love that quote surrounded by rusty colours and that fragile blue Alison!

Meggymay said...

Fabulous rusty project. love the weathered vintage look, great quote as well.
Yvonne

Sandy said...

Wonderful quote and I love your rusting technique!
Sandy xx

Shari Trumbull said...

Rust Does Rule, Alison!! This is a gorgeous hanging--I love your tones of blue with the rust effects of the Distress Powders and of course your rusted blooms! I love that rusting powder! :) Wonderful OCC piece, Alison! XOXO-Shari

massofhair said...

Rust looks good in the light we get in October, sort of sparkles without too much sparkle lol.

A stunning Tag, beautiful sentiment and glorious flowers :-) xxx

Matilde said...

Wonderful rusty flowers, Alison! :)

Nan G said...

Love love the way you work with rust! Hope to be doing some rusting next month. In the process of moving right now. Hugs

sdenisesilva said...

Fabulous work!

Marjie Kemper said...

Rusty goodness on every level!

Dianne said...

SQUAWK!!! I'm in heaven, all that rust has me week in the knees,looooove the cardboard all rusted, then the book pages peeking out from behind, the front panel is EXCELLENT, from the gorgeous branches in the ragged edges, I'm in heaven... Thanks for sharing this...

Julie Ann Lee said...

Wonderful, rusty inspiration, Alison! I love the combo of blue and rust too and how you transformed the corrugated cardboard. Love, love, love this! xxx

Ellie Knol said...

It sure looks great! Thanks for sharing your techniques with us!

Evelyn Walter said...

I love the rustic look you made, dear Alison! The great quote is perfectly beded into the rusty surrounding (hope my English is right).
Hugs
Evelyn

Moore Art From The Heart said...

Love the way you made the corrugated cardboard look so rusty. Rust is my favorite color lol if that possible. Your work is amazing. hugs, Laurie

barbarayaya62 said...

Wonderful rusty piece! Fantastic technique! barbarayaya

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous effect with the rust on the corrugated cardboard Alison, looks so real.
It's a beautiful hanging.
Avril xx

Hettie said...

Beautiful piece as always Alison. It has a certain ring of autumn about it.
Hugs
xx

Buttons said...

You do rust so well! I love how you combine it with corrugated card too. Jenny x