Wednesday 1 October 2014

Go RUST-ic! The September Challenge at Our Creative Corner

Servus and welcome to my messy creative spot! I am so glad that you stop by my blog (again or maybe even for the first time...yay!) and take the time to visit!

Before I jump right in I want to thank you all so much for the lovely and heartwarming comments lately, for sharing my pride and joy on my first publication with the Somerset Apprenctice (on my blog and on facebook) and for all the encouragement you have been giving me so constantly! That really means a lot to me and it definitely helps a lot with getting over those days when I still find that I struggle a bit with finding my own inner center. Mwah! XXX

But now lets get on with business *lol:

Our Creative Corner and SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges both present the starts of their new challenges today and the challenge over at Our Creative Corner is hosted by lovely Laura from Laurart this time!

And she decided for us all to

which is pretty much my thing. Yay! (Thank you, Laura! x)

Laura says: "I really love Autumn and find it very inspiring with all those textures and colours we see in nature right now.  So I decided to bring those textures and colours into a challenge here and see all that rustic creativity at Our Creative Corner!

 We want to see a huge variety of items, 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. 

So.....How 'rusty' are you?...."


My first idea was of course to use some of my rusty treasures, but none of them sparked any concept for a project. So I decided to go look for quotes about "rust" - and I found one that beautifully matches my idea of how to live a fulfilled life! It also is from a very famous English writer you all know...but honestly I would never have guessed who wrote it as it is so very modern. 

The team over at Our Creative Corner have once again risen to the challenge and provide you with a bundle of breathtaking inspiration! So I recommend you hop over to Our Creative Corner to see for yourself - but hopefully AFTER you have read the tutorial I have promised to share with you ;)

To create the arch panel diptych I used: DecoArt media Crackle Glaze
- DecoArt media fluid acrylics: 
Yellow xOxide, Raw Siena, English Red Oxide, xBurnt Umber
- DecoArt matte Decou-Page
- DecoArt media Antiquing Cream Patina xGreen
- old dictionary pages
- Distress marker "black soot"
- Sizzix "Framed Arch" die
- Sizzix Big Shot
- brush, water, a piece of cloth, baby xwipes, scissors
- a strip of rough ribbon
- heavy card for the base
- heavy paper for covering the backs
- black archival stamping ink
- rubber stamps to add some texture

1. Pour some matte Decou-Page into a small bowl and add two drops of Yellow Oxide media fluid acrylic plus some drops of water to create a diluted and tinted glue and sealant. 

2.  Tear two to three pages from an old dictionary to scraps and cover the card with them using the tinted Decou-Page.

Make sure you cover everything with the Decou-Page as this will later be needed as a sealant.

3. Create colour washes from Raw Siena, English Red Oxide and Burnt Umber fluid acrylics. Hold the covered card upright, load a soft fine tip brush with the washes and let them run down to create vertical traces.

Dab off any excess with a cloth if you don't like the result. As the Decou-Page works as a sealant, you can always wipe off any applied colour or stamped images while still wet. 

Allow the washes to make the edges of the glued on scraps more visible. 

Let dry naturally or speed up with a heat tool.

4. Cut two arches from your covered card.

5. Cut a piece of ribbon to size and use it as a hinge for the two panels. To do so glue the ribbon between the two fronts and two pieces of heavy/designer paper. Let dry and cut off the excess. 

 6. Print (or stamp) your quote onto some heavy printer paper and cut out the single words. 

Glue the word tiles to the panels using matte Decou-Page. Also apply a coat of the Decou-Page on top. 

7.  Shade in the word tiles using a black Distress marker: draw a thin outline and smudge it with your fingertip while the Decou-Page still is slightly wet. 

See the difference? 

 Smudge on some black soot Distress marker around the panels' edges as well. 

8. Mix some DecoArt media Crackle Glaze and two to four drops of English Red Oxide fluid acrylic and generously apply onto your panels with a soft brush. 

Wipe off some of the applied Crackle Glaze with a soft cloth:

Once the tinted Crackle Glaze has dried it will look like this:

 9. Rub in some Patina Green Antiquing Cream and wipe off the excess with a baby wipe. 

10. Add some stamping for more texture using black archival ink. 

You're done! :)


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you liked the tutorial and will join in the challenge at Our Creative Corner soon! See you there! 

Oh - and before I forget: our prize sponsor this month is The Funkie Junkie Boutique! So don't miss the chance to win!

 and for the

Hugs and happy crafting,



  1. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.Thank you so much for your tutorials.I always wait eagerly for them.:-)

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one Claudia!! So many gorgeous layers which combine so perfectly to make the whole piece soooo special! Divine crackle of course!
    Hugs, Julia xx

  3. Wow Claudia!! What a cool arch!! I'm so glad you shared the steps- awesome to learn new techniques from other artists!! Thank you! ") x

  4. ps...I would love to follow you by email, so not to miss a post! Do you have that capability on your blog?

  5. Fabulous arches Claudia! Love what you are doing with those Media products, the effects are amazing! Oh and congrats on your publication! I have just been so crazy busy that I have fallen well behind with visiting all my favourite blogs... :(

  6. Looks gorgeous, great tutorial thanks for your inspiration Anneke.

  7. Wunderschöne Farbkombination in Verbindung mit den Krakeliereffekten auf den alten Buchseiten. Perfekte Inspiration und Anleitung! Vielen Dank u.LG Kerstin xx

  8. Beautiful arches, lovely texture and a great tutorial!
    Groetjes Karin

  9. Soooooo happy to see two project from you today. I absolutely adore your color process. Thanks for walking us through it. And that sentiment ... fantastic. I'm heading down to my craft room now to get some paint on my fingers. Thanks for the inspiration my friend. HOpe you are doing well. Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

  10. Fantastic layers of colour and texture and Shakespeare too… what more could anyone want?!
    Alison xx

  11. I NEED some of those products! You did it again, you amaze me with your beautiful art!

  12. großartigst Claudia! Danke für das StepxSpep!

  13. A-ha-ha! So awesome! Love the sentiment and the whole look. :)

  14. I love rust, and your creation is no exception, it looks great!! Love your idea about tinting the crackle glaze!!

  15. Lovely, rusty creation, Claudia! It's fabulous and I love the quote!! I've got to get an arch die!! XOXO-Shari T.

  16. Großartiges Projekt und großartiges Tut! Danke!

  17. Loving the whole way you've got texture and depth as well as rustic colour into this Claudia. Congratulations on the release of your stamp - it's wonderful! Jenny x

  18. liebe claudia,
    endlich komm' ich mal wieder zum bloggen bzw., meine liebligsblogs zu besuchen. vielen dank für deinen netten kommentag bei mir.
    von diesem teil hier (samt anleitung) begeistert mich sehr. schaut toll aus!!!
    alles liebe und bis bald (messe ?)

  19. GREAT Color... GREAT and fantastic tearing... love the 'shrine' shape... all of it is GREAT Claudia...Love the freedom your express here too... ART is FREEDOM of the mind... it shows, my friend. .. Love, Light and Peace ....Bonnie

  20. You really are a wizard with those gorgeous products Claudia, the effects you created are really beautiful. Thank you for your visit and comment, much appreciated. Anne x


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