Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ten Second Studio Guest Designer Post

Today I would like to share with you a card I made as a guest designer for Ten Seconds Studios (TSS) featuring VerDay Metal Paint and VerDay Patina. There will be a materials list at the end of the post if you are interested in any of the products used in the making of this project.

I wanted to create a rusted metal box look for this easel card so I combined the easel card and a match box card box to get the look I wanted. I used the dry brush technique in creating the mat for the front on the card. I love SteamPunk and have a lot of fun doing it my way! The papers used here are from Graphic 45 SteamPunk and Old Curiosity Shoppe Collections.
Front of the card. I love the Graphic 45 women in the SteamPunk Debutante Collection. They have a middleast appeal and are so haughty and tough enough to stand up to a rusty vintage look. I am sure everyone has heard of Alphonse Mucha and the Mucha me either until I made a trip to Moravia and Prague, Czech Republic a few years ago and had the opportunity to visit a museum that featured some of his works. Mucha paints in an Art Nouveau style and Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutantes are a takeoff on his style of painting the Mucha Girls.

Left Side

Can anyone say rusted box? I painted the VerDay Metal paint on the box then went back and dry brushed the VerDay Patina around pretty heavily. I think it definitely created a rusty box look.

Inside the card! Don’t you love the way the old rusty gears turned out? It seems like the paint has a mind of its own and comes out different colors.

Open Drawers
Drawers opened and the card folded flat.

Materials used:

I would first like to talk about the VerDay Paint and Patina that I used. When Cheryl and Megan first showed us the video’s of the VerDay line I wasn’t to impressed to begin with but as they continued to show us the line I fell in love with all the possibilities that the paints could give me in my crafting endeavors. The first time I “painted” with the VerDay I was won over forever!
The VerDay Paints come in bronze, copper, metal, and brass and can be painted on just about anything then you allow it to dry and paint the VerDay Patina on and allow it to cure and the magic happens! Being new to the project I had to play a bit with it before I started making anything so here is what I found out by using the TSS Big Daddy mold 7a as an embossing plate. Awesome mold BTW ! The front side is a plate full of gears and the reverse side has different knot and cornice patterns that I plan on using in future projects. Here is a picture of the mold. (Yes Carol, it is flat and resembles a letter press plate and you can run it through your Big Shot without worrying about it breaking.)

To play with it I cut black cardstock into 6”x6” and ran it through the Big Shot with the BDAD 7a mold to get the gear/cog look. One piece I painted before the embossing, one after the embossing and the third one I just dry brushed. I was surprised at the differences achieved in each process.

Graphic 45 papers from the SteamPunk Debutant and Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collections

Stampin’Up! Products:
• Basic black, Very Vanilla, and More Mustard Cardstock
• Favorite Thoughts Stamp set for the sentiment
• Basic Black Ink Pad
• Grogain Ribbon
• Match box die

Tim Holtz
• Ideology min gears and pen nibs
• Mini Gears dies
• On the Edge die SteamPunk
Dew Drops for the feet
Mulberry paper roses
BoBunny brads for drawer pulls
Black Gems from Michaels dollar bins

Hope you like the card as I really enjoyed making it.!


  1. Hi Vickie, this is gorgeous - love the matchbox and all the embossing and rusting effects you've achieved. The colours are terrific and that sentiment is wonderful. Elizabeth x

  2. Oh Mucha girls are the most sexy on earth dontcha think?

    gorgeous work Vickie...


  3. What a great project- very cool box/card! I love that gears plate, too!


  4. Hi Vickie,

    This is fabulous!!! holy cow, girl!!!

    I see your WOYWW post below - must go see what you are sharing.


  5. Amazing project to say the least! Looks like a masterpiece to me GF!

  6. Brilliant piece of work and my favourite papers. Didn't know you could pass the plates through a Big Shot, I have that one and never thought to give it a try - will now, thanks.

    Managed around 50 or so desks yesterday so trying to get round a few more this afternoon.

    Ann B

  7. wow Vivkie, you put a lot of work into this project but it turned out awesome!! I love it and I really need to get a board the steampunk train, everyone seems to be doing it! waving hi from the sunny, but chilly hills of North Carolina :)

  8. Love this, brilliant Vickie and that cog embossing folder is on my wish list!!

  9. Hey Vickie,

    I saw Norman on the news -- hope you and your family are o.k.


  10. Vickie, this is UNBELIEVABLE. I love rust. Of course, I do it the slow way, not with paint. But your lovely box is beyond beautiful.

    Thanks for dropping by. Your tornado came up to Kansas and was first located on the southwest side of town. Then it took an unexpected turn and moved north and east, missing my area by a few miles (about 4 or 5). The major damage was in the south part of town, and the east side. Luckily, I live on the near north west (close to mid-town) part of town. Bleubeard and I headed for the basement when things started getting bad. He has a better sense of survival than I have, I think (grin). Hope the rest of your week is far less "active."

  11. wow, this is a really really beautiful piece! i just love the images, the finishes, actually EVERYTHING about it!

  12. Stunning creations, truly beautiful & what a work space :D

    Ger x
    WOYWW #91

  13. Amazing....that about says it all....Love it....

  14. Cool, cool, cool project Vickie!! Love it! Very well done indeedy!


  15. All I can say is - WOW. Fabulous.

    Paula x x x

  16. I'm a bit late to this party, but I am IN LOVE with this project. It's the bomb! I love the piece itself, all those fun little drawers, but what you've done with it is very cool. I'm intrigued with the way the card folds down, the quotes, and the G45 Steampunk Papers. Your embellishments are the frosting on the cake.


I would really love to hear what you think about my art and my posts. Please leave me a comment and let me know! Thanks for visiting my blog. Vickie aka Okienurse