Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Once Upon A..Sketch and Leaky Shed Sudio

The July Challenge is up and live at Once Upon A...Sketch
with a journaling theme, "Numbers." 

The Warthers Museum is just down the road from us and is filled with amazing hand carved trains. On the museum grounds is a red vintage red caboose. The afternoon sunlight was caught and bounced by this hanging caboose light. As I planned my page, Leaky Shed Studio Gear Set was an obvious choice. You'll find all the details below.

"Caboose Light"
"C 2122"
(Journaling on back of layout)

Journaling Theme: "Numbers:

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journaling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journaling (hidden journaling is fine). Acceptable journaling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journaling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journaling is! 

July Sketch

I've flipped and rotated the sketch.

Tips and Techniques
The caboose light has such rustic charm aglow in the afternoon light, yet corroded with rust and peeling paint. I wanted to pull that charm onto the page with my chipboard. I started by painting the gears with metallic and pearlized paints. Then I covered the gears in Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. When dry and cracked, I rubbed black ink into the cracks to highlight.

I collect jewelry finding odds and ends whenever I see them clearanced out at craft stores. You just never know when they might come in handy. Here I've used some to give some glam to the rustic background. On the larger piece, I've centered blue rhinestones on the metal pieces to pick up the blue of the light. The centers are decorated with charms and a piece from a door handle.

Yes, this is plain old corrugated board. I wanted it to look like the rusty corrugated tin you might find around an old railroad yard. I painted it with metallic pewter and rust paints, then brushed on Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint here and there. I've added a pop of color and texture by spreading glossy accents along a portion of either side the corrugated piece then sprinkled with mini marbles and microbeads. When dry, I brushed on blue alcohol ink. 

I've used the same techniques for these clock hands, which were left from a previous project.

I've mixed a variety of colors and textures in my flower cluster including the round mini light bulb colored with alcohol ink. The flowers were dry brushed with gesso to soften.

My journaling is on the back and says:

On a beautiful summer day I visited the Warthers Museum with my friend, Kelley. We enjoyed the displays of hand carved trains and the Button House full of vintage buttons arranged so beautifully on the walls. Then we walked the grounds and explored the B & O C-2122 train caboose. This rusty light caught and reflected the afternoon sun so beautifully, and it is one of my favorite shots of the day.

I hope you've been inspired to grab your Leaky Shed Studio chipboard
to embellish your next layout!! 

Leaky Shed Studio Products

Other Products
7 Dots Studio ~ Cold Country - Forgotten
Zutter by Donna Salazar ~ Corrugated Board
Basic Grey ~ Alpha Stickers
Petaloo ~ Canterbury Collection - Rose Blossoms, Cream
Petaloo ~ Canterbury Collection - Magnolia Blossoms Cream
Petaloo ~ Beaded Peonies Coffee, Small
Petaloo ~ Botanica Collection - Faux Dried Blooms, Ivory
Prima ~ Lady Bird Collection - 565480
Prima ~ Lady Bird Collection - 565473
Prima ~ Arco Iris Flowers - 544379
Prima ~ Sunrise Sunset Collection - 567194
BoBunny ~ Ambrosia Trinkets
Creative Charms - Vintage Accents - Vintage Brads - VP-8215
Spare Parts ~ Metal Charms (Compass Charm) - 914002
Spare Parts ~ Mini Light Bulbs
Darice Craft Designer ~ Pull Handle Silver
Rhinestones - Stash
Jewelry Findings - Stash
Idea-ology ~ Tissue Tape
American Crafts ~ Metallic Marker, Gold
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Liquitex ~ Gesso - Clear; White; Black
Ranger ~ Glossy Accents
Ranger ~ Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy
Ranger ~ Alcohol Ink - Stonewashed; Slate; Rust; Espresso; Sail Boat Blue
Ranger ~ Alcohol Ink Mixative - Gold; Copper
Ranger ~ Paint Dabber - Copper
Clearsnap by Donna Salazar ~ Mix'd Media Inx - Stormy; Black
Clearsnap by Donna Salazar ~ Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Butternut
Lumiere Paints ~ Pearl Turquoise; Sunset Gold; Pewter
FolkArt Paint ~ Metallic Sequin Black
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist - Moonlight; Sapphire; Graphite
Ranger ~ Dylusions Ink Spray - London Blue
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine - Navy
Stampers Anonymous ~ Layering Stencil - Lattice Work
Stampers Anonymous ~ Rubber Stamps - Curious Possibility; Seamless Experience
7Gypsies ~ Clear Stamps - Avignon
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Zapdots Black 1/2" Round
Helmar ~ Zapdots Black 1/4" Square
Helmar ~ Scrap Dots
Ranger ~ Heat It
Darice ~ Heat Tool

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. What an amazing layout, and the gears look awesome with the altering like that.. fabulous take on the challenge!

  2. Ohhhhhh this is gorgeous! I love love love love the flowers and the gears!!!!!!

  3. what a fabulous altered work !

  4. A beautiful piece you made here, The colors are so attractive!

  5. This is amazing! Love all the fine detail and slightly funky look!

  6. wow wow wow . such a magnificent piece of art , love this x

  7. Artsy for sure...those jewels, the hands & most of all the way you've used that corrugated card.....AMAZAGOBS....loooove!!!

  8. I love the jeweled gears....beautiful, beautiful page.

  9. Gorgeous page....love the artsy feel and those metal cogs! Love it!


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