Friday, March 3, 2017

Steampunk Penguin Tag for March's ART-EXchange Steampunk Tag Swap!

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

Steampunk Penguinone of my favorite digital images, was just released in gorgeous deeply etched rubber by by Carmen Medlin Designs for I Brake for StampsSteampunk Penguin is available separately or in the New Steampunk rubber stamp set with six other fabulous Steampunk images that are also now in rubber! By the way, IBFS ships internationally!

Here's my tag featuring my beloved Steampunk Penguin.

Steampunk Penguin was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (ImagineCrafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker. Steampunk Penguin's goggle lens, the bulb in his hat, and bulbs on his armature were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura). Steampunk Penguin was set aside to relax while I created the background of the tag for him.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) took a ride inside the Diamond Plate embossing folder (Cuttlebug/ProvoCraft) and was then painted with a mix of Titanium White and Metallic Silver Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt)

Media Modeling Paste (DecoArt) was scraped across the word "Industrial" on the Industrial Elements stencil (Andy Skinner/DecoArt) at the base of the embossed painted panel and allowed to air dry. 

Once dry, Titanium White and Cerulean Blue MFA paints were painted onto the panel to form the sky. A wash of very dilute Primary Magenta was dry brushed across the sky because I like a touch of pink in my skies. Dioxazine Purple, Tranlucent White, and Metallic Silver MFA paints were mixed, spritzed with water, and used to add the shadow of a slope to the background. 

Mixed Media cardstock was die-cut several times using the Small Steampunk dies set (Memory Box). The die-cuts were stacked, glued together, then adhered to the piece. A stopcock chipboard piece from the Pipe Works chipboard set (Creative Embellishments) was added to the right side where the vertical and horizontal pipes meet. 

A faucet from the Junkyard Findings Pipe Parts set was first brushed with White Media Gesso (DecoArt), then adhered over the pipe at the top left. Wood Veneer letters (American Crafts) were also brushed with White Media Gesso, then adhered along the left hand side of the panel.

The adhesive was given a chance to dry, then the stenciled area under the pipes at the bottom were painted with a wash of Pthalo Turquoise, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, and Viridian MFA paint. The paint was allowed to pool in and around the letters, then gently heat set. 

The faucet, pipes, stopcock, letters, and the stenciled word were all carefully painted with several coats of Metallic Silver MFA paint. When dry, a mix of Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, and Payne's Grey MFA paint were dry brushed onto the pipes, faucet, stop cock, wooden letters, and stenciled word to add a rusty touch. 

White Blizzard Nuvo Crystal Glitter Drops (Tonic Studios) was added atop the pipes and letters to create the look of icy snow. Liquid Glass (DecoArt) was used to adhere the acrylic drop under the faucet. Steampunk Penguin was adhered to the image panel. 

Black metallic cardstock and black chipboard were die-cut with the Alterations Tag die (Sizzix). The metallic cardstock was embossed with the Riveted Metal Alterations embossing folder (Sizzix), then adhered atop the chipboard tag.

A pressure gauge was downloaded from the 'net, resized, printed, and die-cut with a tiny circle die from the Circle Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). Liquid Glass was used to adhere a seriously old Circle Fragment (Idea-ology) atop the printed die-cut pressure gauge.

Three metal gears were selected from my huge stash of metal gears. They were lightly sanded then brushed with a mixture of Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, and Payne's Grey MFA paint to add a touch of rusty goodness to them. The plain gear was adhered to the tag's hole, then the other two gears were added. The printed die-cut pressure gauge was glued to the gear on the right.

Five ribbons were threaded through the tag's hole and I called it done!

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  1. What an awesome tag, Kathi! That penguin is a great steampunk image, and I love, love the pipes with the water and word dripping from the faucet - brilliant touch! Thanks so much for joining us this month at SASPC! hugs, maura

  2. Your steampunk tag is amazing. Perfect pipeline!

  3. wow what a cool taG LOVE IT ......

  4. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Knockouts, good luck!!! Amy DT

  5. He is awesome, i love the pipe and the "rust" brilliant tag with so much to look at.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog x

  6. this is a funny amazing Tag.
    Thanks for palying with us on SASPC!
    Alexa DT

  7. Oh my this is adorable, from that little droplet of water to all the gorgeous detail. Thanks for playing along.

  8. Fabulous tag! Love the steampunk feel to it! Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils this month! Branka DT x

  9. This is lovely thank you for sharing with us at Creative Knockouts. And good luck, hope to see you again soon.
    Caz CK DT
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  10. Amazing, incredible is all I have to say about this design... Your penguin is perfect your sentiment is so fitting and well..... perfect!! The more I look the more I see like the leaky faucet to the rusty gears to your subtle but very effective embossing... I love this card!! Thank you so much for joining us at The Male Room.
    Seriously, thank you!!!
    Cyber Hugs,
    Shawna DT

  11. What a fun steampunk image. Love how you have surrounded him with great grunge and texture. Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils.

  12. I love this image! What a fabulous penguin! Thanks for joining us at Stamps and stencils this month. Hugs rachel x

  13. Magnificent take on the challenge. I think your little steampunk penguin is fab. Love the dripping tap too! Sorry to be so late commenting, and thanks so much for playing along with our Steampunk challenge at The Male Room. Deborah, DT.

  14. merci pour ce joli tag a notre challenge S&A à bientot Nate

  15. An amazing steampunk penguin! Fun tag, thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Challenge this month!