Friday, November 22, 2013

"Live the Life" Grungy Birthday Card for Donna Salazar

The trees are now bare and the cooler temperatures are settling in. We've not started a fire in our wood burner yet, but the wood is stacked next to the house ready to go. I know some of my dear followers in the Southern hemisphere are entering the hot days of summer-like weather as it cools off here.

I have created a grungy, masculine card with a steampunk edge featuring The Zutter Distrezz-it-All by Donna Salazar Designs and her Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies.

"Live the Life"

Tips and Techniques
I cut these gears from thin chipboard using Donna's Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies with the Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer. This machine has more pressure and cut the chipboard in just a couple passes. I swirled together some metallic copper and metallic back acrylic paint and brushed thickly across the gears. While wet, I used my heat tool to bubble and dry the paint to get this grungy, weathered texture. Then I randomly applied more metallic black paint and heated again. You could use any colors to get the effect needed for your particular project. 

Here's another view of the small gears. You can also see the grungy corrugated board in this shot. 

First, I cut a piece of Donna's Want2Scrap Corrugated Board just a little larger than the finished size I wanted. I then spritzed with water and pressed on the corrugated ridges pushing them down in different directions to get a wavy, grungy look and dried. Once dry, I deeply distressed the edges in my Distrezz-it-All which distressed cardboard with ease.  

Then I spritzed again with water, then very lightly with Donna's Wood Stain Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap and splattered with her Caramel Latte Smooch. I added a couple more sprays of Wood Stain to the overspray on my craft mat along with a couple spritzes of water, then dragged the edges of the corrugated board through the watery mist to color and darken the edges. When there was just a small bit of mist left on the sheet, I put the corrugated board face down and rubbed across the rest of the mist to highlight the ridges. 

Here you can see the larger gear and all the grungy layers including: Donna's Want2Scrap Canvas fringed and inked, then layers of dark brown cardstock and Donna's Natural Beauty papers - all distrezzed with my Distrezz-it-All. As you can see I have distressed some of the papers lightly and some deeply to get a variety of textures. I've covered most of my stamping up, but have used some of Donna's Art Gone Wild stamps on the background. 

One final shot of the grungy texture and layers. 

Donna has now released her Distrezz-it-All V3.0.
For all the details and a demonstration of this handy machine, 
check out her Youtube video here.

Donna will be giving away a new Distrezz-it-All V3.0 when
her Distrezz-it-All Facebook page gets 2,000 likes.
For other ways to enter this drawing go here

Donna Salazar Designs Products
GCD Studios ~ Natural Beauty 6 x 6 pad and 12 x 12 collection
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx: Black, Leather, Pewter, Honey, Stormy
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX: Midnight, Sparrow
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz: Caramel Latte, Wood Stain
Want2Scrap ~ 7" x 7" Canvas
Art Gone Wild Stamps ~ Binoculars
Art Gone Wild Stamps ~ Brass Corner
Art Gone Wild Stamps ~ Ruler
Spellbinders ~ Sprightly Sprockets
Zutter ~ Distrezz-it-All

Other Products
Thin Chipboard
Black Webbing ~ May Arts - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Jute Ribbon ~ Really Reasonable Ribbon
Visual Artistry ~ Tim Holtz - Life's Possibilities
Folk Art Acrylic ~ Metallic Sequin Black
DecoArt ~ Dazzling Metallics - Worn Penny
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Fabric Glue
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Martha Stewart ~ Mini Score Board
Darice ~ Heat Tool

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. This is amazing!! LOVING all the distressing and the gears!!!!!!!

  2. Great masculine card, Tracey! Those gears look fantastic! :o)

  3. Really a cool and grungy card!!! Love the texture of the bubbled acrylic paint - thank you for the tip! And the corrugated paper looks really great! xoxo Evelyn

    1. Thanks, Evelyn!! Please let me know if you try this technique. I'd love to see your project! ~ Blessings

  4. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love all of the grunge and distressing!! It looks amazing!! Have a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Gorgeous! I love all the grunge.

  6. I love everything about this grungy masculine card. Thank you so much for sharing tips and tricks with us. God bless xxx

    1. Thanks, Lynette and I'm so delighted to share the techniques I learn along the way!! ~ Blessings

  7. This looks fabulous, the texture on the cogs and corrugated card board is awesome!! and yes we are heading into summer here!!

  8. This is awesome. Love this old grunge vintage look. I so am going to try this. I have some of the paints but not some of the sprays..but will play to try. I do have the Distress It All 2 and love it!! Very inspiring for me. I want to use this grunge look for a XMAS Mini Album I have in mind for a dear friend who also loves this grunge look. Hope I can come up with something. Thanks for sharing. Abbygirl

    1. Thanks so much, Abby!! Please let me know when you get your album done and posted on I'd love to see it!! ~ Blessings

  9. Terrific card Tracey! Love all the distressing and layers! Hope you have a great Sunday!

  10. Gorgeous card, Tracey! I love, LOVE the grungy look of it and the wonderful message it portrays! And thank you SO MUCH for visiting my blog! I really appreciate your wonderful comments, my friend!

  11. Super grungy indeed. Love the amazing textures on the gears!

  12. Very , very effective Stacey.......Lis

  13. Oh wow! Texture galore on this awesome masculine creation Tracey. It's always fun to get out those mixed media style goodies to play with and get messy. :-) Thank you so much for becoming a new follower of my blog. I really appreciate your sweet comment. Hugs!

  14. Super rusty sprockets and so much yummy texture. Love this Tracey. Jenny x


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