Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Another Day, Another Steampunk Tag!

I'm the hostess this month at ART-EXchange, which is a Facebook group that swaps hand made projects. My theme is Steampunk Tags!

My second tag features the man with the monkey from the Music Man stamp set (Stampers Anonymous), the cityscape from the NK Studio Urban Scribble Foam and Cling Stamp (Stampendous),  and the schematic from the AS Cling Steampunk Set (Stampendous)

Here it is!

The Music Man was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. The Music Man and his monkey were set aside while I created a background for them. I should mention that prior to coloring the monkey, I did a Google image search and was enchanted by the Golden Snub Nosed Monkey, aka the Blue Faced Monkey, who lives in China.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock and black chipboard were die-cut with the Alterations Tag die (Sizzix). The black chipboard tag was set aside with the Music Man and his monkey and the cardstock tag was trimmed down.

The cardstock was stamped with the cityscape from the NK Studio Urban Scribble stamp set using Onyx Black VersaFine ink, then heat embossed with Clear Detail Embossing powder (Ranger). The cityscape was also stamped onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins), then fussy-cut to create a mask. The cityscape image was covered with the mask and Media Modeling Paste (DecoArt) was scraped across the smallest compass on the Rosettes stencil (Joggles). This was allowed air dry, while we ate dinner (and did the dishes).

A dilute wash of Pthalo Blue Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paint (DecoArt) was brushed over the tag and allowed to dry. When dry, the tag was brushed with Media Matte Medium (DecoArt) to seal the layer. The mask was lifted and the embossed cityscape was painted with varying mixtures and washes of Medium Grey Value 6, Translucent White, Payne's Grey, Burnt Sienna, and Hansa Yellow Light MFA paints. The tag was heat set and brushed again with Media Matte Medium. 

Titanium White MFA paint was used to highlight the raised texture of the compass. I decided the tag needed a bit more steampunk imagery, so I pulled out my AS Steampunk stamp set, selected the diagram, and stamped it twice (once unintentionally wonky) using the very last bit of my Titanium White MFA paint! The tag was again coated with a layer of Media Matte Medium.

I figured out where the Music Man and his monkey would be placed and used Jet Black Archival ink to blacken the bottom right corner. A rather thick layer of the Distress Collage Crazing Medium (Ranger) was brushed over the tag and left to dry and craze.

When I returned to my craft room, the tag was dry and crackly, which meant it was time to adhere Music Man and his monkey. Once this lovely couple was secure, some tiny watch gears and a watch thingamabob were adhered to the their lapels and the Music Man's hat. The image panel was adhered to the black chipboard tag and some hand-dyed, crinkled seam binding was used to finish it.

Thanks for visiting today!

P.S. I found two coloring errors. Oopsy, perfection is overrated. Can you find them?

I shall enter this tag into the following challenges:
• Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges: Anything Goes
• SanDee-and-amelie's Steampunk Challenges: Anything Goes
• The Male Room Challenges: Steampunk
Simon Says Monday Challenges: Make Your Own Background


  1. wow, love your coloration...
    Thanks for playing with us on SASPC!
    Alexa DT

  2. A super tag. Fabulous textures and a great sense of depth with the layering of the images.
    Thank you for joining in with our March challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

  3. superbes couleurs bravo pour ce joli tag merci à bientot Nate

  4. your tag is amazing...thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...enjoy the rest of your weekend...hugs kath xxx

  5. Wow so much detail in such a little space, lovely and thanks for playing along at Creative Artiste Mixed Media, Anything Goes, #24 March Challenge.

  6. LOVE love love this tag, Kathi! Absolutely brilliant in all its beauty and story-telling!
    Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic make with us at SASPC!

    Claudia xxx

  7. Another fabulous tag! Sorry to be so late commenting, and thanks so much for playing along with our Steampunk challenge at The Male Room. Deborah, DT.

  8. Great tag, love the schematic background too. Thank you for joining us at TMR.

  9. Lovely Tag and a great story thank you for joining in with us over at SASPC x