Thursday, December 8, 2011

The 12 Tags of Christmas -- Day 8

Ah, be still my happy heart.....today Tim went all steampunk on us, and I love it!  Not for everyone's taste to be sure, but I have always been drawn to those industrial/sci fi images, and using them on a Christmas tag is just plain fun.

I have a lot of steampunk stamps, dies, embossing folders, and even some stickers and rub-ons.  I have gears, watch parts, all sizes of small light bulbs, springs, and other assorted industrial type metal bits.  Lots to choose from.  So, while I followed the general layout of Tim's tag, and did use his background techniques on the tag, I pretty much went off and used what I had.  And had a blast doing so.


Instead of using the gadget gears die, I chose the steampunk on the edge die and attached it to the right side of the tag.  It was cut from grungeboard, pounced with gold and copper paint, then distressed and sanded and covered with both walnut stain and black soot distress inks.  Some of Tim's idea-ol-ogy pieces were attached to the top.



Tim's steampunk set includes a stamp of three men.  Since I don't have it, I used the stamps I do have, from Oxford Impressions.  I added a little something to one of the guys to put him in the right holiday spirit.


The santa hat was cut freehand from a scrap of grungeboard and covered with.....are you ready?.....flock.  Yep, good old flock.  I'm sure I haven't used any in years, but when it came out and was all the rage, I must have bought it in every color.  The other fella's hat was covered with glossy accents and he has some holly (mini movers and shapers die) and berries (stickles) on it.  Both gents have stickled bowties.  As for what's on the bottom.....I raided my steampunk box (yes, I have one) and came up with some springs and an odd looking piece (in between the two springs) and attached them all together with brads.

Tim's tag has a ticket with a pointing hand, letters made shiny with glossy accents, and one of his miniature lightbulbs as an accent.  Here's how I put some of those elements together:


I used the Merry Christmas ticket stamp from Tim's odds and ends set.  It doesn't show up very well, but the number 25 got the glossy accents treatment.  The bit of chain is held onto the ticket with staples (Tim's tiny attacher), and a miniature (decorative only) light swings from the end of the chain along with one of Tim's lightbulbs.  I used a pointing hand stamp (one of Wendy Vecchi's) a bit differently too.  It is on a memo pin, which was stuck behind the santa hat.

I love Tim's tag, and I'm thrilled with my version.  But if you don't love steampunk you probably won't much like either.  Me, I'm as happy as can be.





14 comments:

Dorothy said...

Loving this!!!

Nancy Lynn said...

Love love love. It turned out great. Steampunk is great. Gotta love all the gears and such.

Helen said...

A stunner again, Eileen! I found some flock last night when I was looking for my black embossing powder for day 7.....
I can't wait to get home from work and play at this one.

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goodling4 said...

very clever use of supplies you already had in your art space, Eileen! I am really enjoying your TH Christmas tags!!

Anita Houston said...

Uber cool Eileen!!! What a fun tag!

craftyM said...

LOVIN' IT!!!!!
Marita

artbyvic said...

I love the steampunk tags! Both yours & Tim's are great!

Jennie Atkinson said...

A brilliant tag - I love the hats!

Patzee said...

Love your take on the Steampunk theme. What a flocking great hat!

lee said...

You are rocking it girl!

Elena said...

Okay.... so THIS one is now my favorite!!! I too love steampunk! You know what I love the most? That you learn from Tim but don't copy him! You GO girl!

Tammy D said...

I love steampunk and I love your tag! Great job on the Santa Hat.

Lori said...

I know, I said the same thing when I saw this...OMG... YEA BABY!!! Your version is fabulous, and it's such a fun theme to work with. Love the Santa hat. lol. Flock is one thing I never did buy. Huh.