Saturday, March 12, 2011

Butterflies and Aged Metal

Finally, I'm posting again! Sorry to take such a long hiatus; hope you like my "come back" card. I did this for a recent demo swap with my upline's group.

I really like aged metal pieces and the whole distressed look, but sadly SU no longer offers the Hodgepodge Hardware in the aged selections. :( So what's a girl to do when she needs that aged metal look, but can only use SU products? Improvise! As the Styled Silver HH was too shiny and bright for the overall "feel" for this card, I decided to alter it.First, I used some medium grit sandpaper to sand the the Hodgepodge pieces-brads too. This was better, but it was still a bit too bright for me. So then I decided to age it further with alcohol ink. Again, since this was for a demo swap, I could only use SU products. I created my own alcohol ink using Soft Suede reinker and rubbing alcohol in a mister bottle. I sprayed the metal pieces with the ink and then heat set until almost dry. Finally, I took a paper towel, wiped off the excess ink and then buffed the pieces a bit. Here is the close up.

Stamps: Just Believe, You're a Gem
Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede reinker
Misc: Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Distress Toll-Cutter Kit, Linen Thread, Sponges, Medium grit sandpaper, Rubbing Alcohol, Misting Bottle

Sorry the pictures are blurry. I retook them several times but with no better results. I think I may need to purchase a new camera.



The Country Rose said...

And what an awesome comeback project it is!! Thank you for sharing how you aged the metal! Welcome back!


Amanda Mertz said...

Great card! Love the colors and how you made your own alcohol inks for distressing the hardware! TFS & Welcome back!

Unknown said...

Good to see you back! Such a pretty card too. I love how you distressed the metal.

Anonymous said...

Very vintage. . . very pretty!