How to Create a Faux Rusted Steel Background

by Jenny Marples

Create a faux rusted steel background using Distress Paints and Archival Inks.


  • 1 Tim Holtz Distress Paint Pumice Stone
  • 1 Tim Holtz Distress Paint Rusty Hinge
  • 1 Tim Holtz Distress Paint Brushed Pewter
  • 1 Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival Reinker
  • 1 Rubbing Alcohol/Surgical Spirit
  • 1 Ranger Sepia Archival Ink
  • 1 Sizzix Tim Holtz Riveted Metal Embossing Folder
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Here's a picture of the rusted patchwork of riveted steel effect we are going to recreate.

    Step 2

    Start by covering a piece of plain card with Pumice Stone Distress Paint and dry completely.

    Step 3

    Smoosh Rusty Hinge and Brushed Pewter Distress Paints onto your craft mat and swipe your card through diagonally. Dry with a heat gun and repeat this process until you've mopped up all the paint.

    Step 4

    Put a few tiny dots of Potting Soil Archival Ink onto your mat with a little surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol). Roll a brayer through to pick up spots of ink and apply to your card with the brayer.

    Step 5

    Use an embossing folder (or draw lines and dots with an embossing tool on the reverse of your card) to create a rivet pattern and rub over the raised areas with a Sepia Archival Ink pad.

    Step 6

    I used this rusted background on some patterned paper and added lots of Autumnal stamped leaves, textured die cuts, an embossed tag and dimensional dragonfly. What would you add to it?