7 November 2017

Eileen Hull Thanksgiving Treat Basket - Tutorial

Hi everyone and welcome! Last week I shared this Thanksgiving Treat Basket, created with Eileen Hull's Basket Die on my blog and on Facebook. Lots of people asked for a tutorial on how to achieve the look of rusted metal on the sides, so I'm back to share it with you all today.

Start by applying Ranger Texture Paste (or Grit Paste) through the 'Flames' Tim Holtz Layering Stencil onto the sides of the basket and set aside to dry.

Cover the dry surfaces completely with 'Ancient' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - one coat should cover them.

Dab dilute 'Evergreen' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint unevenly over the surface and dry.

Dab dilute 'Lime' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint unevenly over the surface and dry.

Dab dilute 'Turquoise' Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint unevenly over the surface and dry. You'll now have a faux verdigris look.

Re-position the stencil over the Texture Paste areas and apply embossing ink over them.

Cover the surface in Emerald Creek Crafts 'Charred Gold' Embossing Powder, tap off the excess and heat set with a heat too. You'll see the different colours included in the powder emerge and the paste bubble slightly which adds extra texture.

When cool and set, spray the surface with water before applying a few drops of Butterscotch Alcohol Ink. Carefully heat from a distance to evaporate most of the water leaving it still a little moist.

Add a few more small drops of the same Alcohol Ink randomly to darken some areas.

As you heat set this time some of the embossing powder will re-melt, allowing the Charred Gold colour to reappear on the surface.

Repeat this process for all visible sides of the basket. Use the same method, minus the initial application of Texture Paste, for the rest of the Basket pieces (including the reverse of all sides of the basket) before assembling it. At that point it's ready for trimming, filling and giving as a treat!

I hope you find this tutorial helpful and give the technique a go to make your own treat baskets.
Take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xx


  1. I can see how you achieve such brilliant results Jenny…you really do have the patience of a saint!! Hugs, Chrisx

  2. Un-freakingly believable!!! The basket is gorgeous but how you achieved that look is wonderful. I don't know how you come up with your fabulous techniques but maybe if I could live in your head for a while, I would discover the answer - I promise not to tap dance while I am there (insert wink for inside joke).

  3. Simply stunning! Such a cool technique Jenny!

  4. Love this! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Absolutely brilliant Jenny! You know I'm going to "borrow" this idea! Amazing way to create this rusty effect. Woohoo ... more ways for me to grunge!! Thanks a bunch for the tutorial. Mary Elizabeth

  6. Thank you so much Jenny for this tutorial I am really keen to try this fabulous technique, thanks again
    MaggieH 😁

  7. Wow Jenny that is really amazing! Thanks for the tutorial and I'll certainly be giving it a go. Jennie x

  8. ohhhhh, I love that look! Great technique Jenny.

  9. Oh wow Jenny, what a fabulous technique, I definitely need to try this one out!! Thanks so much for sharing! xx

  10. Wonderful technique, thank you for sharing.

  11. Fabulous technique Jenny and such a glorious result! Will definitely have to give this a try! Thank you for sharing the process. hugs xx

  12. Awesome lovvve it thank you Jenny xxx

  13. Wow!!!!!!! It truly looks like an old metal basket!!! Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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