Monday, 22 October 2012


Hi my fellow tag friends apologies for being late again.

I really wanted to try out making a tag look rusty and I hope you think I managed it!!  I started out by creating the layout of my tag with raised elements ready to get painty.  I glued everything in place with a hot glue gun.

Next step was to give everything a good coating of black acrylic paint.  I had trouble with the roses so I ended up giving them a spray with some black delusions ink. I think I almost got everywhere - I can see three tiny specks of red remaining in this photo!

Next I stippled on brown and black paint with some sand added to give the piece some texture.  I quite like this wet look picture here!

 Stippling on brown and orange paint next and suddenly the rust appears.  I like that my roses have lost a bit of shape because of all the wet paint as they now look like they really are rusting away.

The final step was to add what I hope looks like the remains of a layer of turquoise paint.  I added a few metallic highlights and some orange embroidery thread to tie the two tags together.

I really enjoyed trying to make this tag look rusty and it came together quite quickly as I used my heat gun to dry the paint layers as I worked.

The sand really help make it look like bits of metal are falling away and my roses look like petals are disintegrating.

Thank you all so much for the lovely compliments last week.  I have put some time aside tomorrow so I can have a look what everyone came up with this week and next tomorrow!  I am so behind as I have made myself concentrate on getting step one of my business finished.  I opened an ETSY shop and almost have my first item uploaded and ready for sale - exciting and scary all at the same time.  It has meant that I have much less what I would call play time!  Still hopefully it will all be worth it as I have now been through and learnt about all the packages and programmes I need to accomplish my goal of selling patterns and templates online so template two should be soooooo much quicker!!!


  1. Love your rust, been following the rust posts & this is MY favourite :-)


  2. Gorgeous Helen! Fantastic colours! Good Luck with your Etsy shop :-D

  3. Wow! that's worked really well - love it! Good luck with Etsy :o)

  4. WOW! Amazing rust transformation...fabulous tag!!

  5. Thanks for taking us through how you created the effects, clever tags, Jane

  6. Wow! This is an amazing tag. Blessings!

  7. What a transformation from the first to last picture. I nearly cried when you covered up the first picture with the black but the finished result is really STUNNING!!!!! Hjugs Mrs A.


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