Monday, October 8, 2012

Rustification and all that jazz...

You only have to blink and there it is... Monday yet again! I hope you all had a great weekend and are in the mood for a bit of the rusty stuff. It's a new week and challenge theme at Simon Says Stamp & Show and if you haven't guessed, then the picture is a right giveaway! We're getting all rusty and I couldn't be happier with such a theme.  
 Ooooh, rusty... my kingdom for an old tin then! I just love altering tins and I was very happy when hubby came back from the shed with an old bicycle repair kit tin. Gimmee, gimmee. It was covered in red and white paint so I started with a good session of sanding which is pretty tough work. You don't need it to be completely bare as a bit of random paint adds to the old look.
Then I used a mix of Ranger Alcohol Inks and a really old paint brush to give the tin it's new colour. I just allow drops to fall onto the tin and keep moving the brush around as they dry to mix the colours and vary the effect.
 When dry I randomly patted embossing ink on to the lid and sprinkled on Vintage Photo Distress Powder. I roughed up any straight lines, heat set it until it was dry and then added more drops of Alcohol ink to create that rusted effect.
 As you can see it has a trim of Ball Chain around the bottom which was a bit fiddly. It isn't glued but held together at the back with an attacher (that comes with the set). I cut the chain to size, joined it with the attacher, and then managed (with a struggle) to stretch it over the tin. Wow! It fitted, lucky old me.
The grunge roses are created using the Tattered florals die, metal foil tape sheets stuck to card which I then embossed. The roses and a few Idea-ology foloage leaves were given the same old rustification treatment as the tin (as they looked far too shiny and new) as well as a bit of bashing or should I say "creative shaping"...
When I put them all on the tin they looked bit lost and needed something to connect them to the tin. I had a think and then thought of chicken wire, a bit of old hessian and a scrap of vintage lace. A touch of Alcohol Ink on the wire and Distress Ink on the other two helped them fit in with the vintage mood.
 You have to have a few feel good words and I thought a inky Word Band was the perfect finishing metal touch. The brads ends have been snipped off so I could glue it in place and get it to lie flat. I wanted to give the tin a little more height so I used eight bolt nuts to create mini-legs which evened out the proportions. Ta daa! All done! One altered tin and one satisfied, inky fingered lady.

I luuuurve rusty antics and had a great time. If you want to see lots more fabulous and really creative takes on this theme then you have to check out the wonderful makes from all my teamies over at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Design Team Blog. They're all just great and all so different... inspiration galore!  Do play along and maybe you could win the fabulous $50 shopping spree. Now, I need to fly away and get my teeth into a new week. Have a great week and I'll see you soon.
Sarah.

25 comments:

Annie said...

What can I say Sarah....wow! It's amazing. What talent.
Hugs,
A x

Redanne said...

Wow Sarah, this is a stunning little masterpiece! Your rusting technique is brilliant and the flowers on top finish it off so well - loving the chicken wire too. Fabulous. Loved your cuff bracelet in Craft Stamper this month too, one of those must have a go at things. Hugs, Anne x

JoZart said...

That is certainly gorgeously gorgeous. Th rust effect is amazing but those flowers are simply superb...
Jo x

Rita said...

Sarah, your tin is certainly a masterpiece. It looks amazing and all those techniques are fabulous. TFS. Hugs Rita xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Wow love this, I love altered tins anyway but this is a beauty. The combination of alcohol ink and embossing powder really gives a wonderful rust effect . The ball chain around the outside is an inspired touch and worth the pain! Your roses are luscious and add fabulous dimension to your piece Sarah. Love the added chicken wire, lace and word band. Beautiful arrangement . Tracy x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What a gorgeous altered box, Sarah...it looks amazing...great job!

greetings, Alie :-)

Samantha Elliott said...

Fabulous Dahling! Love it! ALOT!!
Hugs
xx

Suzanne C said...

Who knew Rusty could be elegant and beautiful.
Gorgeous tin and those flowers are beautiful!

Candy C said...

Sarah...your tin is so lovely. I love those gorgeous flowers on top! I love the beaded trim going around the side. I love the piece of chicken wire you have on the top, incorporated with the flowers. It all is so nicely arranged and looks fantastic! <3 Candy

Sherry said...

A wonderful transformation, I love the rusty flowers on top!

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Wowwwwwwwwww Sarah this is amazing
Love youe altered box so much.

Greetings Janny

Lori said...

This is gorgeous Sarah! Love how the colors and textures combine to make one fabulouso piece!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Pure gorgeousness! Fabulous altered tin - I just can't take my eyes off! xx

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Beautiful tin, Sarah! I can see that being used for some special treasures! I like the monochromatic look to it!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Sandra said...

Sarah, I love your rusty technique that you did on this lovely tin box! What a great idea! And those amazing flowers! Very pretty! Hugs, Sandra

die amelie said...

This is sooo brilliant, Sarah!!

Love, how you altered the box and turned it into a real treasure!

Hugs,
die amelie xxx

Anita Houston said...

Looks like Ruby gave you some extra time!!!! This is fanfreakingtabulous!!! I love the feet and the beading! Rustilicious!!!

Rosie said...

Wow, this is so beautiful

Beverly Sager said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your how-to's :)

Maria said...

Your work is always amazing to look at Sarah love all the little details you add to each of your projects....

Kathi said...

I love this. Totally brilliant.

So I pinned it for inspiration!

Marjie Kemper said...

Totally love it! You were on a roll, Sarah, and this altered tin is fantastic... I love all the yummy details. Thanks for spelling out the how-to's.

butterfly said...

Absolutely beautiful rusty altered tin... it's so glamorous despite the rust!! Gorgeous vintage look to it, and the roses are a wonder!
Alison x

Tracey said...

Oh Sarah this is so FABulous!!! Wish I had an old tin :)

Alison said...

Sarah, your tin is stunning, I love those roses!
Alison x