This week on NGS group we are looking at the section on "Rusted Grunge" from Tim Holtz's "A Compendium of Curiosities" for our book study.
Cover the surface of a cut piece of grunge board with embossing ink and then cover with Distress Embossing Powder (Tim recommends using Vintage Photo, but I don't have that, so substituted walnut stain).
Using a heat tool, heat the embossing until the powders melt and change color tone. Tim says not to worry when the grunge curls during heating.I'm not sure if I over heated (hard for me to tell with the dark colored embossing powder), part of the cage broke off, but that will make it look even more old and rusted. After the piece cools down, gently rub off the "release crystals" in the embossing powder to reveal some of the grunge board underneath.
Using an Ink blending tool and vintage photo Distress ink, color the grunge.
Using a darker color of distress embossing powder gives this a very different look (you really should check out Tim's book).
Decided to rub some aged mahogany Distress ink & blending tool to add a reddish tint to my piece.
Mine is still much darker than the one Tim did, but I like it anyway. Very dark & grungey!