Saturday, 23 February 2013

Steampunk Embossed Tag

Not only was I excited by the fab Art Houses stamp set that Creative Expressions sent us this month for the design team, but they also sent us this 'Uber' embossing folder by Couture Creations. I love it because it not only has a steampunk feel to it, but it also has a science geometry mapping look to it too, so it has lots of uses and is brilliant for any male themed cards or makes.

I've made a tag with my embossing folder, I wanted that mapping kind of look to it, so I used Tim Holtz's new Travel blueprint stamp set, coming soon to Creative Expressions. I really love the compass and the world stamp in this set. The sentiment is also Tim Holtz stamp from a Visual Artistry stamp set called City Central.

I've distressed the tag with Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey and Mustard Seed distress inks, and it really made the cogs and circles pop. It love this embossing folder, it's very cool.  I've rubbed some Cosmic Shimmers Iridescent Mica Pigments over the top, to highlight the raised areas and some of the stamp.


I made the hanger out of some black florist wire. 


I stamped the compass onto Tim Holtz Kraft Resist paper, and coloured it in with some Distress Markers. I wanted a burnt pirate map type finish on the stamp so I tore holes into the paper and rubbed more Gathered Twigs DI around the edges. I really like the holes, especially where I can see more of the yellow underneath!


I finished off the tag using some of Tim Holtz idea-ology, sprockets, cogs and clock hands.

I've had lots of fun making this tag, really enjoyed making it. There is just something very satisfying about embossing folders, it's just instant art I love it!


I see the snow is back in the North East, and all of my 3 cats are snuggled up to each other on my bed! 
Lazy things, one bit of snow and that's it, sleep time!  

Have a great weekend, thank you to all my new followers, and also to the lovely peeps who pop by regularly. I love reading your comments, I always try to reply, and if I haven't, I'll be round shortly.
Michelle  xxxxx

26 comments:

Juls said...

Oooooh, what a fabulous tag!! Hugs Juls

Helen said...

Fabulous tag!! I love the colours, (I don't use Mustard Seed nearly enough!) and the torn map idea is brilliant. snuggle up with the cats and stay warm!

patcrafts said...

wonderful creative use of lots of elements here, fab tag xx

Ria Gall said...

wow what a great tag and I just love the colours you have used a lovely change to the normal browns that get used for steampunk.
I love the layers and the texture really cool
Ria

Redanne said...

Love how you achieved that aged look on your tag, that's my fav set of stamps from TH, and your embossed background is beautiful. Great embellies and wonderful colours too. Anne x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous tag! Great colour choices and I love the way you created the compass paper! Chrisx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Michelle, thanks do much for your lovely comments on my blog, you always make me feel so positive about my artwork, thank you. Your tag is fantastic. Love the colours and the white highlights and I love the holes to add to the aged, old map feel, fabulous. Tracy x x

Deborah said...

Love your mapping tag, Michelle. And the mustard seed looks really fantastic with the all the browns. fab!

inkypinkycraft said...

Well done! Love the make, that aged piece is wonderful
, hugs trace x

Buttons said...

Ooooh, love the look of that new embossing folder. Lovely tag Michelle. Hugs, Jenny x

butterfly said...

Oh, yum! Love that "charred" pirate map compass, and fabulous glowing colours in the tag!
Alison x

Gillian .... said...

Oooo is this for me lol ... Utterly divine Michelle, love the contrast of the yellow with the vintage browns. the pirate map is such a neat touch. Love this lots!!! xx

Sandy said...

Wonderful tag Michelle - The map is wonderful and goes with the sentiment perfectly. Now if I could only have a map of my craft supplies!
Sandy

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Nan G said...

Love the way the tag seems to glow! Fab pirate's map and an embossing folder I have to have!

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow super tag ... looks like you had fun with this one ... just doing a bit of blog hopping ... have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

Jacqueline said...

A miniature work of art Michelle,there is so much detail to this,have to agree that embossing folder is great,will have to look out for this one.Enjoy what's left of the weekend Jacqueline.S

catherine said...

This looks fantastic Michelle. Love the layout to it
x catherine

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wowwwwwwwwww! This is gorgeous! LOVING the gears!!

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Shary said...

Love this tag Michelle, really effective. Lol I changed my blog quite a while ago xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fabulous tag with great details.

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE this FAB tag with all of the Tim Holtz goodies! LOVE the gears and the holes with the yellow peeking through!

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~Tammy~ said...

This is so pretty! Love the gears!

Gibby Frogett said...

Absolutely fantastic tag - love the colours and design, fabulous detail. Gill x

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