Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tutorial by Janeen at SuburbNgypsy

Our fabulous guest Janeen at SuburbNgypsy is back today, and she is sharing a tutorial for the background of the beautiful Easter project she shared with us. Remember - this week's Metal-ology challenge is still open and details can be found here.

On to the fun!

Simon Says Stamp – Metal-ology Challenge
Designer: The Suburbngypsy
Project: Heavy Metal Easter

Tutorial: Turning paper into metal
I love this look of copper patina, and worked out this very simple technique to transform any chipboard or heavy paper into “copper”.

First I dabbed chipboard letters with my copper Acrylic Paint Dabber, being sure to leave chipboard exposed. It’s really important to leave some areas clear of the paint because….
After the paint dried I spritzed the letters with Turquoise Blue Glimmer Mist. All of the unpainted areas now turned blue-green, like the copper patina. The blue-green color also layers over the copper, dulling it just a touch to antique it.
Turning metal into paper:
You can create great effects on embellished metal by using Distress Inks. For these panels, I first embossed metal sheets by using my Big Kick and an embossing folder from Tim Holtz’s Alterations. Next I covered them with a light coat of white acrylic and set aside to dry.
Once the paint was dry I did a little scuffing and sanding to expose a little of the metal. Then I used Walnut Stain and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks to tint the panels. I worked lightly, doing the Walnut first and letting it set for several minutes.

Then I pressed the Tumbled Glass ink pad directly onto the panels to add the blue tint, and smeared a bit with my finger tips for a more worn look.

I love how Janeen changed the look of products in her stash to create this beautiful project! For more photos of this project you can see Janeen's post on her blog here.

Bio of a Suburbngypsy
It all started long ago before there were scrapbook stores, crop circles, or the internet. Yes the gypsy is that old. I began making scrapbooks of my travels the old-fashioned way – sketch books filled with photos, keepsakes and journaling. Then the industry boomed and along with it the products! I jumped off the page and began altering objects, creating canvases and exploring 3D media, getting covered in ink and glitter in the process. Now 20 years later I teach classes, blog, and am thrilled to be a part of Authentique Paper’s Design Team. It’s been an awesome journey.
When I’m not covering myself with paint, I work full time in marketing (herding cats), chase my Girl Scout troop (more herding cats), wrangle my family (definitely herding cats) and try to walk our Saint Bernard, Loki (not a cat).


  1. Lovely to read more about you Janesn. Lovely creative piece too . Thank you for the step by steps. Tracy x

  2. Fantastic Tutorial! Love the step outs on the letters! Beautiful project! Happy to have you guesting with us this week!

  3. Oh, wow, I LOVE the techniques you used, I have to try them!!!

  4. Really loving that copper technique, definitely one to try. Thank you!

  5. Great tutorial. Very inspiring make. Hope to see more tuts on SSSS


    Annie x

  6. These metal panels looks so scrummy - thanks for sharing your process with us!
    Alison x

  7. Janeen, thanks for this tutorial. I have been itching to try this out and needed a review. going to try something without the metal sheet and see what i get.......great demo
    ava g

  8. Love the whitewash under the Distress Inks. The panels remind me of those embossed tin ceiling plates. Great project!

  9. Thanks so much for joining us and for showing your beautiful process!!! -Ashli :)


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