PATINA ON PAPER OR METAL
In this example we applied this technique to a chipboard
microscope mailer and to foil clock faces we cut with
the spellbinders clocks die. You can do this with any
thick cardstock or copper colored metal.
Supply List for Faux Patina on Metal
To distress copper colored metal you'll need:
- Copper colored metal
- Ranger Adirondack
Dabbers in black and either juniper or willow (we
used juniper on the chipboard and willow on the metal
but if you have one and not the other you will have
good results with either)
The metal we used was copper colored aluminum from
the Spellbinders Metal Set which, when sanded shows
the aluminum color underneath. If you're using actual
copper you won't see this but it will also look really
Steps for adding Faux Patina to Metal
- Dab black paint from
the Adirondack dabber to the entire peice and allow
the paint to dry. You can speed this with a heat gun
if you like.
- Sand away most of
the black paint. If your metal is embossed like the
clock on our piece to the right the black will remain
most obvious around those embossed areas. If you're
working with a flat surface take care to sand lightly
in some areas so some black remains. For flat metal,
you may also want to use the grunge stamps as described
in the next section.
- Use your finger or
a sponge to rub either juniper or willow paint from
your Adirondack Dabber into areas you want to lighten
- If you still don't
have the look you want you can reapply any steps again
until the piece reveals the faux patina you want.
Supply List for Faux Patina on Cardstock or Chipboard
To distress cardstock or chipboard you'll need:
Gesso for chipboard, not needed for cardstock
Ranger Adirondack Dabbers in copper, terra cotta, black
and either juniper or willow (we used juniper on the
chipboard and willow on the metal but if you have one
and not the other you will have good results with either)
Metallic Rubons Set 2 or 4
Perfect Pearls forever green from the Jewels Set or
the green in the Patina Set (both are optional if you
have Metallic Rubons Set 4)
Rubber Stamps - Grunge it Up Set (If you like the architecture
series stamps we used on this mailer they are located
here but are not part of the patina process.
Steps for adding Faux Patina to Cardstock or Chipboard
(for chipboard only) cover your item with gesso
Paint your item with terra cotta Adirondack Dabber
paint. This is needed because the copper color is very
light, almost peachy and having a dark color underneath
helps make the paint look more like copper. You may
also start with a terra cotta cardstock but by using
the dabber you can add lots of neat texture by combining
swipes and dab blobs. Allow it to dry completely.
Paint your item with copper Adriondack Dabber paint.
Work on small areas at a time if you're covering a large
object because you want to do the next step while the
paint is still wet in areas.
Brush on green Perfect Pearls. The effect is serendipidous
depending how wet your paint is. Ideally it will stick
to just some selected areas. You should rinse your Perfect
pearls brush after this as you'll probably get a little
copper paint in the tips. Allow the paint to dry completely.
If you don't have or want to use the perfect pearls
you can wait for the copper paint to dry and add some
of the matte green rubons with your finger from Rubons
Set 4 You get a little more control this way but the
effect is more subtle.
Apply black rubons with your finger to the edges of
the peice and around any embossed areas if there are
any. The waxy rubons will slide nicely over the surface
and you'll have great control over removing excess and
getting the exact right effect you want.
Apply black Adirondack Dabber paint to the distressed
corner stamp from our Grunge It Up series. Stamp in
one or more corners, taking care to stamp off the edge.
Experiment with different angles and peices of the stamp.
You don't want 4 identical looking corners.
Apply juniper or willow Adirondack Dabber paint to
the patina splotch stamp from our Grunge It Up series
and stamp off the first time on scrap paper so it isn't
to bold tap it in different areas. If you get it too
thick, dab some off your work with your finger. It comes
off the surface easily before it dries.