When I was trying out these new Tim Holtz 3-D embossing folders with dry-brushing different paint finishes, I was surprised how much I loved the Foundry one.  The Mechanic (Gears) folder was the one that first caught my eye, as I love anything with gears, but after using them all, I'm loving all four!  These were all used with Tim Holtz Distress Paint. 

My Distress paint colours for 'Mechanics' was Ground Espresso, Fired Brick and Walnut Stain.  I gave it a bit of shimmer with Perfect Pearls Copper and Prima Metallique Wax Vintage Gold.  'Botanical' was Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough and Ground Espresso.  For 'Lumber' I can't remember what I used (sorry, didn't write it down) but I think any of these, Faded Jeans, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Hickory Smoke and Picket Fence.  The Foundry was Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Ground Espresso.

I've created this frame using the Foundry embossing folder and am going to show you my painting process.  I've also used a glazing medium on some of my layers.

I've used a Tim Holtz Framed Panel (TH93283) to showcase my embossed piece.

First emboss your cardstock.  I like a good heavy cardstock, usually Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock(TDA533842)  or Neenah heavy cardstock.  When I'm painting my layers, I dry brush (wiping most of the paint off my brush), which seems like it will take long doing all those layers, but the paint dries very fast.  That's how you create more depth to your project and also with the deep embossing, you don't lose any depth with thinner layers of paint.  I started with Squeezed Lemonade.

A layer of Cracked Pistachio.

Next, another layer of Squeezed Lemonade.

                      A layer of Lucky Clover.

This time I used a layer of paint, diluted with Glazing Medium.  On the Ranger blog, Dina Wakely has a short video on how to use this medium.  I used a combination of Ground Espresso and Black Soot paint with my medium.  You use a small amount of paint and more medium, about 1part paint to 3 or 4 parts medium, but just experiment for the effect you want. After mixing, apply over your entire surface.  Don't worry, you will be removing most of this!  Have a wet wipe (I prefer baby wipes) ready to lightly remove this layer.

You don't want  to remove all of this, so lightly wipe, leaving this darker stain in the crevices.

This glaze gives your paint that slight sheen to the painted folder and the subtle layers start to show through.

I wanted to introduce an orange tint to my paper, so I repeated the glaze mixture with Ripe Persimmon.

This gave my paper a rusted and aged look.  It's just a matter of repeating or using colours to get the look you're going for.  Even introducing a small amount of a different colour in one of your layers can give an interesting look to your finished piece.

I wanted to create a bit of a rust look to my piece, so I added some Tim Holtz Grit Paste with a spatula.

After this dried, I painted my 'rust' with Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick, Ground Espresso, and Peacock Feathers.

The Ground Expresso was used mostly around the edges to create dimension.

I've painted my Framed Panel with Ground Expresso (slightly diluted) and aged it with Distress Oxide inks (Frayed Burlap, and Antique Linen).  The paper is an old piece of Tim Holtz and the metals pieces are Tim Holtz Idea-ology (Index Clips TH93574, Gadget Gears TH93297, Hex Fasteners TH93268,  Story Sticks TH93680, Large Keyhole TH93678, Quote Chips TH93563,  Mini Gear Sprockets TH93012, Sprocket Gears Watch Parts TH92691 and Assemblage Charm THA20048.

The metal pieces have a light coat of Distress paint dabbed on with my finger and then Oxide ink (a bit of water spritzed on first) dabbed on top to give them an aged look.

I cut out two pieces of thick chipboard the same size as my embossed piece and adhered them to the back of my paper.

Adhere the paper to the panel, then the embossed piece backed with chipboard, and then the rest of your embellishments.

Here's another look at my finished piece!  Hope my explanation of my painting process made sense! 
Happy painting!

Until next time,




Paula Cheney said...

okay, this is fabulous Jan! Love that you showed how you did the painting technique - never would have guessed so many layers. I also LOVE how you cobbled all the gears and Foundry pieces with Hex Fasteners! So cool!

Kathi said...

Fabulous project!

Thank you for the clear instructions and step-out photos.

Marci said...

Fantastic! Thank you for the step by step. I never would have guessed it had all those colors.

Ann Barnes said...

This is such an incredible finish you have created. Thanks so much for sharing the whole process, so many times I have been afraid to cover over layers with a dark or bold color and this is the perfect example as to why I should not fear it. I am also in awe of the rusty patches created with the grit paste and paint, it’s gorgeous Jan!

Sherri said...

Amazing project, Jan!! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

JuJu Crafts said...

Wonderful art! Thanks for all the inspiration.

Freddie Bubblescrap Sleijpen said...

Genius... sheer genius. Thanks so much for sharing your process.

sara j said...

Love your use of colors in the background...and so well explained. ThNks.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Jan -- this has to be one of my favorite pieces ever. Love the step-by-step. Distress products are so versatile and I loved the "rustiness" you achieved with the Grit paste. Amazing! Mary Elizabeth

Cindy Marlow said...

I drew a sharp breath when you added the Ripe Persimmon thinking, "She's just ruined this beautiful piece!" But it worked wonderfully to add even more depth. You are the master!

Stefania Salmi said...

This technique made me be amazed! It's an amazing project and I love it!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

WOW!!!!All the layers of paint are perfection to achieve your perfect patina and rust...never would have thought about the squeezed lemonade. You nailed this! I'm saving this post for reference! LOVE every single bit!!!

Tamera said...

Wow, Wow, Wow Jan!!! This is Ana big. Thanks for showing all the layers of color and grit paste. It helps so much when figuring out how to make a similar look. This is such a grungey cool piece!

Cathy said...

Amazing project and TFS the tutorial on how you painted it, Cathy x

Anonymous said...

Usually don't leave comments but this was Awesome! I LOVE the Tim Holtz Distress line. I have all the colors of Distress Ink and the Oxides. Along with a few stains and sprays. Have been looking to expand my collection and was torn between the crayons and the markers but this makes me want to buy some of the distress paints. Love this color pallet. Will definitely be trying this pallet with ink. I wouldn't have thought to put three colors under the black soot combo. Certainly not squeezed lemonade first. Will definitely get the Foundry embossing folder. I too was drawn to the gears, but this looks amazing with all the layers.
Happy crafting to one and all.

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