A Tale of Two Rustings

HELLO HELLO!!  The clock has struck midnight at Artistic Outpost, so it’s OK for me to say HAPPY JUNE!! WOW–It’s been a little busy here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy!!  Lots of month end crafty happenings and now, here comes a new month of creative inspiration to be had by all!!

Welcome to our 1st Monday of the month Product Focus feature at Artistic Outpost!  Today, we’re showcasing stamps found in the Masculine category at the AO online store!  Join along in our Design Team Blog Hop today and see what my lovely Teammies have made for you–

Tracy * Gerrie * Terry * Kate * Shari-That’s Me! * Lisa

I’ve got a tag I made using the Keeper set–


This set is one of the first AO stamp sets that I ever bought!  It is a KEEPER!!  🙂


Since today’s Product Focus is about the masculine side of AO stamps, I kept this tag simple–no girlie embellies, no flowers, just a dude and his fish!!  OH, and the ‘Tale of Two Rustings’ part?  I’ve got two different versions of rusted accoutrements on this tag, achieved in completely different ways.  Cool!!


Here’s how my #8 manila tag started out.  I cut a piece of Rustic Beauty paper to fit the tag, adhered with matte multi-medium and heat set.  When dry, I stained the front & back sides of the tag with Peeled Paint & Wild Honey DSs.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked the entire tag and edges with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.


Here’s the back of the tag, which received most of the Distress Stains.


Here’s how the rusted frame started out.  I stamped and fussy cut the frame from the boy w/fish image.  I spritzed one of the frames with my DA Carbon Black Mister, heat set, then brushed a layer of DA Texture Sand Paste over the surface with a flat paint brush.  When the surface of the frame was dry, I finger painted layers of Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide & Transparent Red Iron Oxide into the texture.


You can see some of those paint tones in the texture–pretty cool!!  This was my first time playing around with creating a faux rust finish, without using my trusty Rusting Powder.  I like both versions very much–They both have their own very unique qualities and feel, literally & visually!


I didn’t like the fish in this image, it just wasn’t ‘pretty’ enough for me, so I stamped the trout image in the Keeper set onto tissue paper, and super-imposed the trout over the fish the boy is holding.  There–That’s a better catch!!


Then I treated a piece of glossy stock with some of my green & yellow alcohol inks, and stamped the fish image again.  I fussy cut one of the fish and adhered to the fussy cut fisherman.


Before I adhered everything to the front of the tag, I added a monoprint of my Latticework LS using Picket Fence DS to the front and back–this is the back of the tag.  You can see the ghostly design of the stencil there–Oh, I like that!!


I adhered all of my pieces to the tag with a combo of matte multi-medium and foam squares.  I stamped the quote onto mixed-media paper and inked with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DIs.  I mounted each word band to black card stock, and added little pieces of the ruler image behind each word, just for a little interest.  I finished with adding a few little enamel dots, for a little extra dimensional fun.

Well, there you go!  A simple masculine tag, with little to no frilliness at all!!  Even the rusted border isn’t all that frilly!

If you’re hopping our Masculine Product Focus in order–You’ve got one more of my Teammies to visit, and that’s LisaIf you’re hopping in no particular order, here’s the list again….

Tracy * Gerrie * Terry * Kate * Shari-That’s Me! * Lisa

All stamps in the Masculine category at the Artistic Outpost online store are ON SALE for 20% off through Saturday, June 6th 2015.  You don’t need a special code to receive the discount, it will automatically be applied to your order at check out!

I’ll be back at 7am UK time, just one short hour away, so…..Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps: Keeper (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Rustic Beauty Paper Collection (ODBD); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Glossy Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste, Carbon Black Mister, Red Iron Oxide, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold (DecoArt); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions); Adirondack AI (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Beautiful Borders Die (ODBD); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet; Stapler; Matte Multi-Medium Ranger); Foam Squares; Enamel Dots (Doodlebug); Paper String (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)

22 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Rustings

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  2. Just a dude and his fish you said, LOL! He looks happy, all rusty and stuff, great tag. Love the background and the masculine look of it.

    • Yeah, you know–Just a Dude and his fish!! We’ve got lots of dudes outside our window that come into our little bay to fish–I see lots of dudes and their fishes!! 🙂 🙂 Happy Boys!! Thanks for coming over, Gerrie!! XOXO-Shari

  3. It may be simple to you but the rusting alone is fantastic, I like your combo of DA colours, I have not tried that one, it looks very realistic. I love the superimposed fish too, it looks great! Anne xx

    • Thank You, Anne!! I’m just starting to use DA products, so I started small with this little frame to get my feel for things! Now, I’m already thinking of bigger things to treat with this rust technique 🙂 🙂 You know how that goes!! Thank you so much for coming by, Anne!! XOXO-Shari

  4. Fabulous tag Shari, I love the green tones combined with the rusted elements. The boy looks fantastic framed and I love your background. Tracy x

    • Oh, it’s a Keeper of a set!! Ar Ar Ar!! 🙂 🙂 Really, though, it is one of the first AO sets I ever bought and I don’t use that dude image ever!! It’s a good set!! Thanks for stopping by, Deb!! Your time here is truly appreciated!! XOXO-Shari

  5. Love love love your “simple” rusty tag!!!! 😀 Thank you very much for all the details and great step-by-step Shari, I love your rusty frame and it’s so interesting to read how you did it! Also your backgrounds are fantastic!! Hugs, Coco xxx

    • Thank You, Coco!! If my hands didn’t get so painty, I would have had more step out photos of the layers of color on the frame!! My fingers were stained for two days!! 🙂 LOL!! I’m so glad that you came over!! XOXO-Shari

    • Thank You, Terry!! I tried to keep it manly, so it’s really simple! It was hard to keep from blinging it out!! 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much for coming over, Terry!! XOXO-Shari

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