Faux Paint Tubes Tutorial by Katy

It's my turn to share a tutorial with you today and I've been having some fun with my Artist Plate, using stamped metal to create realistic-looking paint tubes to use as embellishments. I've created a cute little ATC-sized canvas on which my mini paint tubes can take centre stage.

Here's how I created it:

Stamp the paint tube images onto metal sheet with StazOn: you need a permanent ink that will dry well on metal for this technique. Allow to dry before handling.

Stamp the images again onto thin copier paper and cut out the labels. It's important to use thin paper as you want to be able to shape the labels around the tubes. Cut out the metal tubes leaving folding 'tabs' either side as shown.

Score then fold the tabs over to make a tubular shape.

Open them out and fill with silicone-type dimensional glue before closing again. Allow to dry.

Colour the labels with Distress Inks of your choice (I used Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed).

Add the paper labels to the tubes. Squish the tubes a bit here and there so they look like they have been used.

Cut an ATC-sized (3.5 x 2.5 inches) piece of card and stamp with the brushes image. Go over with a light coat of Transparent White DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic (you can use watered-down gesso for this but the transparent paint is awesome for the job!). When dry stamp the circles with Watering Can (grey) Archival Ink and add generous splats of Distress Paint in colours to match the inks you used.

Take a mini canvas, edge with blue paint then go over here and there with black. Add yellow splats.

Stamp 'follow your ART' onto a scrap of white card and roughly add some Distress Ink with a dry brush to colour. Edge this and the ATC in black ink before assembling everything as shown in the main picture.

I love working with metal and this technique is great for other metallic objects, like keys, locks, pen nibs and so on. I hope you liked my tut - see you soon!

Katy x

I used these awesome Rubber Dance stamps:
Artist Plate

Round in Circles

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Majo said…
Neat Tutorial, thanks Katy!
Bibi Lindahl said…
Awesomecool, Katy! When I first saw the photo, I didn't realize that the paint tubes weren't real!! Thank you for a great tutorial. Gotta try this!
Susanne Rose said…
Fantastic idea!!! Thanks Katy!
That was a awesome technique and a beautiful results, Katy! I looove it! ♥
Hugs, Anita
Karen McAlpine said…
So clever. Love your paint tubes!
Karen Petitt said…
Very cute and very clever, the tubes of paint look real. Now this is my next must have set of stamps after seeing what you did with them, thanks for the tutorial too Karen x
Fantastic technique - so realistic! Great piece.
Craftyfield said…
Love the tubes too, very cool idea! Great tutorial Katy.
laury55 said…
love your card and the tubes look so real...

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