This weekend I treated myself to a set of dies I've been promising myself for ages - I reckoned I deserved a treat after my long drive to and from Mum's house and several enforced craft free days while I was there. (Oh, what happened to my New Year spending ban? It didn't even last a week!!!) The set in question is X-cut 9 piece Cogs - I'm going to find it really useful for masculine and steampunk style cards.
For the first outing of the dies, I covered one side of a piece of kraft card with a sheet of double sided adhesive, leaving the other side of the adhesive in place, then die cut all the cogs with the die facing the adhesive covered side of the card. I didn't emboss them, as I wanted to keep the surface fairly smooth for foiling.
Then I removed the backing (fronting, by now) sheet from the adhesive and rubbed each cog with a scrap of metallic foil from Foilplay. I've got lots of part-used sheets and these cogs were great for using up odd corners of the sheets. However because the sheets were already part used, I knew that the cogs would not get 100% covered in foil, and also the edges where the die had been cut would be tricky to get the foil into because of the intricate shapes, so there would be a minuscule line of exposed adhesive around each edge. Normally I would move the die cut to another area of the sheet and rub again to cover the missing areas, and use a fine embossing tool to get into the nooks and crannies, but this time I used the uncovered part of the adhesive to get a different effect - once all the cogs were foiled, I sprinkled them all with green holographic ultra fine glitter and then brushed it off with a soft brush. The glitter only clings to the unfoiled areas and gives an interesting verdigris or corroded effect, perfect for a piece of rusty old machinery.
Then I made my base card from stone coloured cardstock, with inked edges and some stamped cogs, keys and pocket watches. The textured panel to hold the cogs is a snippet from a DCWV textured paper stack - it's actually a snippet left over from a DT card that you won't be seeing on here for a couple of weeks, so it's an interesting piece of time reversal, as it looks as if I've used the leftovers before I used the main part! The dragonfly and ticket are made from snippets, with the ticket stamped using a Studio G mini set, and then - here comes the snark - the ticket sentiment, "over the hill" is stamped in several places on the card, along with alternative ticket sentiments, "no spring chicken" and "any gray yet?". Now you know why I wanted my cogs to look rusty.
I am sharing this with
Pixies Snippets Playground - week 220
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - G is for Gears
and thanks to Sandma's suggestion, I'm also joining in with Industrial at Country View Challenges, a challenge which is completely new to me