Hi there! This time I wanted to share with you a little tutorial about how I treated my gear chipboards.
First I colored the pieces roughly with a Distress Stain, color Spiced Marmelade. I know, orange it's not the first color you think, when you think about metal gears, but I thought it would make a great, rusty base for the other layers of color.
Then I added a brown shade across the whole surface using Distress Ink, color Tea Dye.
More layers of color! To get more depth to the gears I added darker brown (Walnut Stain) and black (Balck Soot) here and there. The point is not to cover the whole surface, but add a touch of it here and there.
Then I embossed the gears. I used three different embossing powders - copper (Wow - ultra high copper), rust (Ranger - Antiquities Rust) and clear (Wow - Semidull). I wanted to add a touch of metallics to the gears, but not too much, because I've just created great color layers with the inks. I used embossing ink to the whole surface and then sprinkled a littel embossing powder to the gear, like a pinch of salt. after adding the two coloured powders, I covered the whole shape with clear powder and then embossed it. Thus the different powders melt together nicely.
Lastly I added some black ink directly from the ink pad to make the rusty parts really stand out."