Monday, 29 June 2015

Fathers Day Gift Plaques

Good morning Crafters,

It is a bright warm sunny day as I sit and write this enjoying the sound of the birds singing.  I hope whatever it is you are doing is as enjoyable for you.

I am going to give you the breakdown on how I made two different plaques that I used DecoArt products on mainly and some Crafty Notions rusting.

The plaques have been cut by Lisa and Danny at That Craft Place Ltd and are the best quality of laser cut MDF that I have found.

I will start with my very rusty Worlds Best Daddy plaque first as this was so much fun to make and the end result in the flesh was amazing.

I started by painting the MDF with Black Gesso and once dry I then used DecoArt Crackle Embossing Paste.  I left this to dry naturally as heat drying it could cause it to bubble up.

Once the embossing paste was dry I used the DecoArt Black Mister and sprayed all over the plaque but not trying to cover it all just giving it a sort of dusting of black splatters over it.  Once this was dry I then covered it with DecoArt Quinacridone Gold.

Here you can see how the quinacridone gold starts to make this piece look rusty and old and the embossing paste gives such a great texture to it.

These are all the pieces I made rusty using DecoArt Sand Embossing Paste, Back Gesso, Titan Buff fluid acrylics and Quinacridone Gold.  These pieces are brand new nails, screws, Keys, wood, grey board, metal and glass tiles.

These pieces were made rusty using Crafty Notions Wax Acrylic, Rusting Powder and Vinegar.  These are all wood or grey board and they looked and felt so old and rusty in the flesh.  I love that I have also been left with bits of cheese cloth that have lots of lovely rusty marks on it ready to be used on another project.

This is the back view of the plaque and I am so pleased that my Dad now has this and loves it and he has put it on show and will never be taking it down.  This was such a fun project to do it was amazing to see what was paint or powder turn in to what looked like years old rust, totally amazing.
I also used Patina Paints in Verdigris, Moss, Jade, Cinnabar and Rust to give the patina look.

This is the second plaque that I did for Lisa and Danny at That Craft Place Ltd and this time I painted it with black gesso.  When this was dry I took a few of the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics in yellow, orange and green and painted these colours over the whole piece with the No1 Dad and stars stuck down. Once dry I went over the whole thing with DecoArt Crackle Paint and left it to dry naturally.

I then used the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics in Primary Yellow, Green Gold, Cadmium Orange Hue, Cadmium Red Hue and Cobalt Teal Hue.  I allowed these paints to run from the top of the plaque spritzing it with water to help the paint move.  I then turned it upside down and did the same from this end moving it with water.

I took a black pen around the edges of the No1 Dad and Stars and then covered the whole thing in a couple of coats of DecoArt Matt Varnish to seal it all.

So there you have my two Fathers Day Plaques laser cut at That Craft Place Ltd and decorated using DecoArt products and Crafty Notions Rusting products.

Thank you for taking the time to come by my blog to find out how these were made, if you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will answer as best I can.  I appreciate you taking time out of your day to visit my blog please leave a message so that I know you have been here.

Ria xxxxx


  1. Wow! Two incredible pieces…the rusted cloth is going to useful too! I have still to try out any rusting techniques - you may have given me a nudge!! Chrisx

    1. Hi Chris
      Thank you for your lovely comments and for dropping by my blog. You are right about the cheese cloth being used in other projects that was my reason for doing the rusting on the cloth.
      I hope you will have a go and share what you have been doing.
      Hugs Ria xxx

  2. Wow Ria this is utterly amazing, love it all but no wonder your dad loved his one so's an awesome piece of creativity. Makes me want to do some more rusting now xx :)

    1. Hi Gill
      Thanks so much for your lovely comments and for dropping by my blog. I had so much fun doing the rusting and loved our day of playing with rust over at you place.
      Our play day had got me wanting to try other ways now.
      Hugs Ria xxx

  3. They are both great plaques Ria, the rust effect certainly appeals to me. I love the cheese cloth and what fun you can have using that.
    I am on a 4 day course in August, learning how to create rust on fabric and paper. Looking forward to that!

    1. Hi Sandie
      thank you so much for your lovely comment. I hope you have as much fun at your four day course as I had making this, it would be lovely to see what you make. I can't get enough rust at the moment.
      Hugs Ria xxxx