23 Jan 2017

Add an Antique Rust Effect to Cut Elements

Add Antique Rust Effect Tutorial by Janet Packer

Hello,  I love making my own toppers and ephemera and today I'm sharing a cool technique for giving your cut cardstock elements a rusted antique look. When you handle the finished items you'll be surprised that they started life as simple cardstock! The finished elements can be used on cards, scrapbook layouts and mixed media projects.

The tutorial for making these rust-ified elements is over on the Silhouette UK Blog today.

I used:
Black Adhesive Cardstock
Ranger Multi-Medium Matte
Ground Cinnamon (yes, cinnamon, the spice!)

and these files Downloaded from the Silhouette Design Store
Vintage Bike by Jennifer Wambach (#25174)
Gears by Lori Whitlock (#30449)

I also share cut settings for the Silhouette brand Adhesive Card Stock on the Silhouette Cameo®3.

The technique would be fantastic for keys, padlocks and any a distressed or antiqued look. For even more dimension you can mix in real rusted metal items. I've used a metal self-locking washer on the bicycle - did you spot it?

Have fun with this technique for ageing your cut elements.


  1. Brilliant, I was just thinking about creating backgrounds with rust. Love the effect on the bicycle.
    Linda xxx

    1. Thanks Linda, it's a very effective technique for very little effort. X

  2. Great tutorial Janet and the final effect is fabulous. Cathy x

  3. Thank you Janet this is brilliant. I will be giving this technique a try after visiting the spice cupboard. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  4. These look amazing. What a great technique

  5. Fab tutorial Janet - thank you for sharing. Shabneez x

  6. Gorgeous project and great turorial


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