Monday, July 4, 2011

Valerie Brincheck: Drunken Scotch Video Tutorial

When I was asked to be a monthly muse for Gingersnap Creations I was beyond thrilled when the chosen theme was "steampunk". Here is a wonderful card that I made in that theme that would be great for Father's day or any other "masculine" occasion. It's a little long but worth the effort I think.

Besides the "Drunken Scotch" technique there are several other techniques that I have shown on this card but the main one is how to make plain old chipboard look like rusted metal with some glue, alcohol inks and a heat gun. (The technique is done on the bookplate that holds the "inventor" title.)

I know the supplies and tools list looks long but I like to list every single little thing I use. There are also plenty of substitutions available and I will try to list them as I go along.

Supplies Needed:
Distress Inks
Rusty Hinge
Wild Honey
Faded Jeans
Chipped Sapphire
Vintage Photo
Black Soot

Alcohol Inks
Copper Mixative
Pearl Mixative
Rust (Ginger can also be used but is a little lighter in color)
Caramel or Butterscotch
Espresso, or Black
Aqua or Juniper (optional)

chipboard bookplate
2 small copper brads
1- 12" x 12" sheet of rust card stock
2 - 12"x 12" sheets of cream card stock
1 - 5" x 5" piece of metallic gold paper
2" x 2" piece of packaging plastic
1 - vintage dictionary page (5"x7" or larger) glued to card stock
Versamark ink pad (Or any clear embossing ink)

Black and Clear embossing powder
Black Staz-On ink pad (Or any other permanent ink pad.)
Scotch Clear glue (Or any white household glue)
foam tape

Tools Needed:
Basic tool kit - paper trimmer, scissors, glue, pencil, craft knife, bone folder, embossing stylus, heat gun
Die cutting machine & rubber embossing pads
Xyron machine (optional)
5"x 7" envelope template
iron and sheet of plain copy paper
foam blending pads & handle

Steampunk stamp set from Darkroom Door
Steampunk Elements stamp set from Oxford Impressions (Or Urban Blueprint or Pipeline from Technique Tuesday. Or the Blueprint stamp from the Steampunk stamp set by Tim Holtz.)
Gears embossing folder from Cuttlebug (Or Steampunk embossing folder from Tim Holtz)
Sprockets Die cut set from Spellbinders
Vintage Cabinet Card and Small Cabinet Card (Movers & Shapers) from Sizzix by Tim Holtz

Now that we have all that stuff collected, lets get started!
1. Score a fold line down the middle of the 12" x 12" sheet of rust card stock. (I like to use the cutting trough on my paper trimmer.) Fold in half then trim to a 5"x 7" sized card.

2. If you haven't already attached the dictionary page to a piece of cream card stock then you need to do that now. My page was about 5.5" x 9" and was not trimmed before I die cut it.

3. Place the dictionary page over the Vintage Cabinet card die and line it up to the red lines shown. (Printed side should be facing down.) The top of the page should be lined up right on the top edge of the plastic die casing and centered. (There will be a small bit of the black foam showing underneath each side of the page.) The bottom will hang off an inch or more but it doesn't have to be precise because we will trim that soon.

4. Trim the sides of the frame to 5" wide and trim off the bottom so that the frame is 7" tall. (No need to trim the top part since you lined it up with the die.)

5. Take a foam blending pad on a handle and rub the edge of the frame with Wild Honey Distress Ink about a half inch in on each side. Then take the Rusty Hinge Distress Ink pad and swipe it along each edge of the frame just leaving a thin line of color.

6. After you have embossed the front of your card with the folder take either the Rusty Hinge or Vintage Photo Distress Ink pad and rub it in circles over the raised side. (Be sure and fold the back side of the card around the back of the embossing folder or you'll get both sides of the card embossed.) The photo above show the difference between the colors so you can decide which one you like better.

Ok, I think I have made you wait long enough to see the video tutorial so here it is. This is technique used to create the bookplate that holds the title at the bottom of the card.

I always like to do samples to try out different colors. I originally wanted to used the #4. bookplate but it was too big to fit in the space available. Instead I use an original Sizzix die called "Designer Bookplates".

1. Colors used are Rust, Caramel and Espresso.
2. Colors used are Gold Mixatives and Juniper.
3. Colors used are Rust Caramel and Black.
4 & 5. Colors used are Rust, Caramel and Juniper.

7. Now you need to stamp and emboss with clear embossing powder the image to make the center background piece. I used a schematic looking stamp from the Steampunk Elements set from Oxford Impressions. There are many other "blueprint" looking stamps out there some of which I listed in the supplies list.

8. Once you have embossed the image take a foam blending pad on a handle and rub some Faded Jeans Distress Ink all over the image. You'll see as you add more and more color that the image will appear like magic.

9. Now take another foam pad and rub some Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink just around the edges. Here's a little tip if you don't want inky fingers. Roll some removable adhesive across the back of the piece and stick it to a "throw away" piece of paper. That way you can hang on to that paper and keep your fingers out of the ink.

10. Stamp and emboss the word "inventor" onto some cream card stock and do the same process with Black Soot Distress Ink on a foam pad.

11. To create the faux batik look of this technique you take an iron set to med/high heat and iron over the image with a piece of plain copy paper over the embossed image. (You can also use plain newsprint paper.) You'll see the image come through the paper as it melts the embossing powder off the card stock and onto the copy paper. (You may need to move to another clean part of the paper and do it again to get all the embossing powder off.)

12. Once you have ironed the title and gotten the embossing powder melted off it, hold the bookplate in place over it and cut the title to size.

13. Die cut the 4 smaller gears from the "Sprocket" set by Spellbinders from some gold metallic paper and then emboss them with rubber pads to get the nice details. (The Mini Gears and Gadget Gear dies from Tim Holtz can be used also.) Attach the gears as shown in photo #1. After placing the gears flip the centerpiece over and trim off the excess as shown in photo #2. Be sure to keep them because you will use the excess pieces as shown in photo #3. (Flip over and trim again as in photo #4.)

14. Stamp the image of the man from the Steampunk set by Darkroom Door and heat emboss it with black then cut out the image with scissors. (You can also use one of the men from the Steampunk Elements set by Oxford Impressions. )

15. Take the small piece of packaging plastic and stamp the lightbulb image from the Steampunk stamp set from Darkroom Door, with black Staz-On ink. (The lightbulb from the Steampunk Elements stamp set from Oxford Impressions can also be used.)
16. Using a small applicator color the back side of the stamped lightbulb image with Pearl and Copper Mixatives alcohol ink.
17. Cut out the image with a pair of small scissors.

18. Add foam tape to the back of the outer frame, the inner centerpiece and the image of the man.
19. Cut an envelope from your template that will fit a 5" x7" card from a piece of the cream card stock.
20. (Optional) Mask off the inside of the top flap using the stamp with the same "blueprint" design used for the center background piece. Stamp, heat emboss and color with Distress Ink the same as in steps 7 through 9. (Remove the mask from the flap and glue the envelope together.)

The final step is to attach all the layers to the front of the card. Below is a short slide show with the layers being added one by one.


  1. Thanks for taking the time to do this great tutorial. I Need to get some more alcohol inks! xx

  2. How awesome! I'm going to be rusting up everything is sight! Love your card and the awesome tutorial too!

  3. Wonderful card and a terrific demonstration. Thank you Valerie. x


  5. Wonderful, I am going to give that a try thank you for sharing.

  6. This is so cool, thank you so much for the tutorial.

  7. Fantastic!

    And the awesome purple fingernails--what a bonus!



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