Rusted Metal Chipboard Tutorial

Happy Monday Ya'll!  I am in a bit of a western mood as I bring today's post to you. You see, I have a tutorial to share with you on how to make chipboard look like rusted metal!  Why rusted metal you ask?  It started off with some photos of Danny & Woody and this super awesome Barbed Wired Border Chipboard from Leaky Shed Studio.  The chipboard just called out to be rusted up a bit so that it looked like the real thing! KWIM?!?!  I did a little searching on line, but I didn't really find what I was looking for so I decided to play around with the supplies I have on hand and this is what I came up with.

Here is a look at the rusted metal!

I played around on a scrap of chipboard until I came up with what I was looking for.  I mostly played around with different colors of acrylic paint.

1.  FolkArt Raspberry Wine Aryclic Paint (this is a reddish brown color - so in my opinion you don't really need this specific color to recreate this look. just use what you have or even mix it yourself using a bit of brown and red)
2.  FolkArt Pure Black Aryclic Paint
3.  FolkArt Metallic Pure Gold Aryclic Paint
4.  FolkArt Metallic Pure Silver Aryclic Paint
5.  Metallic Rubons by Craf-T Products in Gold and Ruby (I am not sure that this company still exists, but I was able to find them online in several places. I have had mine for years & years.)
6.  Ranger Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
7.  Chipboard
8.  Heat Tool/Gun

1.  Dab Pure Black paint onto the chipboard with your finger.
2.  Dab Raspberry Wine paint onto the chipboard with your finger on top of the black.  Do not try to totally cover the black. Just dab it on and go.  
3.  Now heat it with your heat tool.  Hold the heat tool very close to the surface and heat until the paint starts to bubble. This gives it a super cool texture!
4.  Next dab some of the Metallic Gold and Silver paint on with your finger.  
5.  Heat this with the heat tool until it bubbles. 
6.  Rub a little bit of the Ruby and Gold Metallic Rubons onto the surface.
7.  Then rub your Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad on top of this.
8.  You now have rusted metal chipboard!!!

1.  Work in small sections so that you can heat the paint and get it to bubble. If the paint is slightly thick and still wet it will bubble better
2.  You need a heat tool that gets really hot for this.  The Heat Tool by Ranger does NOT work. I tried it.  I had to use my old Marvy Uchida one and I had to be careful not to burn my fingers which is why I got the Ranger one just recently! LOL!!! Thank goodness, I did not get rid of my old one! LOL!!!
3.  Do not be afraid of making a mess.

Here you can see some of the detail and how it looks up close. 

Now for a few more details about the layout. I am loving stars right now and when I saw these Heidi Swapp Sequin Shapes they went right into my shopping basket!

The black "together" is a sticker by Heidi Swapp that is part of her Buzz Words.  They are really thin and delicate, but I love them.  I layered this on top of the word "together" that I cut using my Silhouette and the Aharoni font.  I typed the letters, ungrouped them and moved each letter around individually until I liked its placement making sure that each letter was touching.  I then grouped them together and welded them before I cut them.

Do you spy The Crafter's Workshop Star Shower Stencil in the background?  I inked each star with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and then colored over this on the larger stars with Distress Stain in Picket Fence.  I then traced the larger stars using my new favorite pen Uniball Vision.  Finally I used an Elmer's Painters Marker in white to add another outline to the star shape.

Layout Supplies:
Patterned Paper & Stickers: Pebbles Walnut Groove
Buttons: American Crafts & Cosmo Cricket
Eyelets: We R Memory Keepers
Sequin Star & Word Sticker: Heidi Swapp
Star Template: The Crafter's Workshop
Die Cut Machine: Silhouette
Font: Aharoni
Chipboard: Leaky Shed Studios

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and layout! Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Now THAT is cool tutorial!!! I am definitely pinning this onto my "Tutorial" board if that is ok with you. I have GOT to try this out!

  2. Awesome effect on the chipboard Juliana!! I don't think I would have known it wasn't rusted metal, if you hadn't said!! :) Such an amazing job! Love this whole page and the fun double cut title in the two different fonts!

  3. I love your rusted metal. It's perfect, esp for this page. Super cute. Love the whole theme.

  4. You are amazing!! I love love love love how you created that 'metal'!! Just gorgeous!! LOVING all the stars and the colors!!

  5. What a fabulous tutorial!!! Your creative inspiration is so appreciated. Love your layout..I'm in awe of your details.

  6. An awesome effect! THanks, Juliana!

  7. Fabulous layout Juliana! I am going to have to give that a try!

  8. This is awesome!!!!! And I am in love with all the stars! I need to use stars more now!!! Hugs, Katrina

  9. Such a gorgeous page and fabulous technique!! That really does look like barbed wire!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  10. Tried it today....worked great!!!! Thanks for the tutorial!


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