Feeling Rusty by Kerry Engel

This page looks like it should weigh about 3 pounds. But it doesn’t. Those gears – they are totally fake.

What would take nature about 5 years to accomplish I created in roughly 20 minutes, with a little help from Pentart Rust Effects distributed by Bo Bunny

The gears were cut using a Tim Holtz die cut from Sizzix. I covered them in Ranger black gesso and pressed the Rust Effect powder distributed by Bo Bunny into the wet gesso.

Then I added the Rust Effect Reagent from Pentart distributed by Bo Bunny on top and brushed it around with an old paintbrush.  Once dry I covered in the Pentart Varnish. I thought that would seal in the rust shavings. The gears remain pliable and very light weight. They look very realistic and give my page some lovely texture.  I think I’ll do this on chipboard letters next!



  • Pentar distributed by Bo Bunny : Iron Effect Powder, Rust Effect Reagent, Varnish
  • Bo Bunny:  Paper and Embellishments- Take a Hike Collection, Modern Miss Ephemera Collection
  • Ranger– ink, black gesso
  •  Tim Holtz for Sizzix dies
  • Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid glue

Happy Scrapbooking Everyone!


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  1. Leanne Strilchuk Reply

    Really cool Kerry! I am going to have to try this!

  2. Janet Trim Reply

    How cool is that! Hope to be able to find these products somewhere soon. Thanks for sharing this technique and idea. Looksgreat.

  3. Very cool! Hope I can fInd the products to make this effect.