Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Guy Time" Layout with Faux Metal Gear Tutorial for Donna Salazar

I just adore this fun photo of our son-in-law and his groomsmen goofing around before the wedding. Donna's March Sketch'n Color Challenge includes Honey, Adobe, and Leather. The brick walls of the church in the background worked so perfectly with these colors. 

"Guy Time"

March Sketch'n Color
For details on how to join this month's challenge go here.

Tips and Techniques
Although I did not create my flowers for this project, I colored them some of them with Donna's inks and the larger flowers were stamped using Donna's Art Gone Wild Crackle stamp. I used more stamping around the borders of the page and around the photo using the Ruler, Bubble Wrap, Dear Sir, and Crackle stamps. 

Here's a close-up of the Faux Metal Gears I created with Donna's Spellbinder Sprightly Sprockets dies. These are so easy to make, and I've included a tutorial below. 

A friend recently had some old film developed and gave me the end pieces. I used some to frame my photo. The chicken wire is from another friend and the patina is real. It was actually used for a chicken coop at one point. And check out the patina and old paint on this vintage key - a yard sale find. 

I mixed some of Donna's Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx Reinkers in Black and Leather to splatter across the page. 

Another close-up shot of the fabulous gears below the photo. I have a confession to make. I had created another page for this photo with a strip of stenciled bricks across the page. It just wasn't working for me, so I started over again. The first page was not a total loss since I cut the bricks into strips and tucked them in around my photo and clusters. They were created using Donna's Want2Scrap Small Brick Stencil (8" x 10") with extra coarse Pumice Gel Medium then colored with Mix'd Media Inx.

Faux Metal Gear Tutorial
I enjoy creating masculine pages and grungy metallic gears are such a perfect embellishment. They are so easy, and all who see them can't believe they're not metal. 

Die Cut Machine ~ Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer
Good Quality Black Cardstock
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar - Sprightly Sprockets Dies
Clearsnap ~ Gold Ink
Clearsnap ~ Copper Ink

Step 1. Cut and emboss black cardstock with Sprightly Sprocket dies, making sure you have a nice embossed imprint on the paper. 

Step 2. Rub the embossed paper gear with gold metallic ink. 

Step 3. Rub the gear with copper metallic ink. The ink really brings out the texture of the embossing. I used a light hand with the ink, allowing the black to show around the embossed areas. You can always layer on more ink if needed. 

***Hint*** You can use any color(s) of metallic ink and even a bit of aqua or teal for a patina effect if desired ~ whatever goes with your layout. 

I hope you've been inspired to create a project for Donna's
March Girlie Grunge Sketch'n Color Challenge.
Details for the challenge can be found here.

Donna Salazar Products
GCD Studio ~ Natural Beauty Collection
GCD Studio ~ Natural Beauty Chipboard Alpha
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Leather, Adobe, Black, Stormy
Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx Reinker - Black, Leather
Want2Scrap ~ Small Brick Stencil (8" x 10')
Spellbinders ~ Sprightly Sprockets
Art Gone Wild ~ Crackle Stamp
Art Gone Wild ~ Dear Sir Stamp
Art Gone Wild ~ Bubble Wrap Stamp
Art Gone Wild ~ Ruler Stamp

Other Products
Black Cardstock
Idea-ology ~ Word Sticks, Mini Screw Brads
Petaloo Darjeeling Collection ~ Mini Daisies, Hydrangea, Anemone Mix
Vintage Key ~ Stash
Chicken Wire ~ Stash
Film Strip ~ Stash
Holiday Inspirations - Canvas Ribbon
Clearsnap ~ Metallic Ink - Gold, Copper
Golden Extra Coarse Pumice Gel
Hemar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Hemar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Hemar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Hemar ~ Craft and Hobby PVA Glue
Hemar ~ Zapdots - black 1/2" round

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Fabulous layout, really love your cogs and love the earthy colors of your flowers.

  2. Wow. I love everything about this beautiful masculine page. I love those embossed gears and how you make them look real.

  3. Stunning layout and design. The gears are fantastic as are your other embellishments. Tracy x

  4. Those cogs look sensational....LOVE the chicken wire, too....this is a fabulous grunge boy page...excelled yourself with this one!!!

  5. Especially like the color combo!

  6. Love the LO Tracey! The gears, and the bit of chicken wire with the grunginess looks fantastic with the boys will be boys photo :)


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