Friday, 23 March 2018

Steampunk Tags

The theme for the March tag swap over on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art is Steampunk.  I already had one completed tag in my stash which was suitable for the swap (see HERE for step by step), but decided to be a bit more daring with the colours on the second.
New Tag on the right

Having already got a tag in the more traditional colours of Steampunk - browns and metallics - I decided to have a little fun with the second tag.  After all, who says Steampunk can't come in shades of pink and purple?  I used the top layer of the paper towel (used to mop up and clean stamps from yesterday's journal page), to create a quick background on a #8 manilla tag.  It was glued, sealed, dried and trimmed.
I already had a set of the Sheena Douglass pipes (In the Pipeline) in my stash. They had been die cut, stamped, coloured with Distress Oxides and some gilding wax added to give the feeling of age. 
Before adding them to the tag, I rubbed some Oil Pastels (Royal Talens Van Gogh) around the edges and added a little Vintage Photo Distress Oxide to the background.  This would help tie the two tags together and tone down the bright colours a little.
In the spirit of the colours in the background, I chose to use small pink brads to add the valve wheels to the pipework.  Each section had a narrow piece of foam tape added down the middle to help provide dimension.
To cover up the tear at the bottom, I added Aged Ivory embossing enamel (Stampendous) along the bottom and coming out of the tap by drawing with a clear embossing pen and heat embossing.
Three of the Clippings Stickers by Tim Holtz completed the piece as well as providing a further link with the first tag.

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