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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Simon says depths of distress...

I LOVE distress and love the way the distress range can be layered, combined and played with and I love brown....have you noticed!!!
So here is my distress piece, in product and hopefully not design!
I started by creating the depth with many layers of masking using a cog die cut (as a mask) inking, moving and then re-inking,then moving and inking again.
I used my favourite vintage photo and a bit of walnut stain thrown in for good measure!!!Then I used a cog stamp I made using the technique in Tim's book page 66 of compendium of curiosities vol 2, I love that the dies can be so versatile to make die cut shapes, masks and even custom stamps!!! How cool,is that?!!
I blasted the tag with my heat gun and then distressed the edges using a distressing tool! Then added walnut stain distress ink.
Left the tag to dry for some time and then added patches of background stamp from mixed media plate, inked with embossing ink and sprinkled with walnut stain distress powder.I love the depth and this gives ..so touchy feely!
Finally I added some cogs, cut from the same die, from the fab ranger foil, embossed to using the rivet folder which I also LOVE!!!!!! And then I added espresso and pitch black paint dabbers and buffed off..i cannot stop making these cogs!!!
The focal image is from paperartsy, stamped in black archival and then inked using vintage photo and walnut stain. I then used a water brush to remove the colour from the gents faces and the words.
Finally I assembled the tag , folding the metal cogs over the image and sides of the tag!Then added some string tag top.

I am entering this for the following challenges:
Depths of distress @ http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.co.uk/
Industrial chic @ http://dragon-dragonsdream.blogspot.co.uk/
my style @ http://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.co.uk/
monochrome brown @ http://everybody-art-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/

have a fab inky week!


  1. very cool, love the main image and all the techniques that went into this, mark

  2. ...loVe what you have done here Trace, those foil cogs are awesome, arn't embossing folders just the best invention...super masking & inkings...loVing your Tag...Mel :)

  3. fabulous work - love the use of the masks and the distressed layers look amazing - brilliant! Hugs Rachel xx

  4. great work again Trace, love the browns, the stamp is fab, the cogs are amazing, especially the embossing and love the layers too. A x

  5. This is AWESOME!!! I REALLY like those cogs--they look amazing! Fabulous creation!!! :)

  6. Trace...your tag is awesome!This really is a wonderful example of the depths of distress! Love the brown background and the steampunk-ish gentlemen stamped in black! Love your tag background and the stamping. Looks like faded layers. :) The "metal" cogs and gears are awesome on there as well! Love it! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  7. this is such a great tag, love it

  8. A fantastic tag, love the textured gears. Thanks for dreaming with us at TIO.

  9. Gorgeous distressed tag Trace, I love the brown and your layers of interest. The metal gears are fabulous and work beautifully with your dapper gentlemen. Thanks AO much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  10. WOW Trace ! I am blown away by your imagination and creativity.

  11. Oh this is cool! I have that stamp! Love all your layers and texture. Awesome! By the way, I'm so glad you have started blogging! Maybe I'll get my stamping inspiration back....

  12. wonderful Tag!! I like it !!!thanks for jouning in our challenge.
    DT EAC

  13. Gotta love the grungy brown look:) and the Dapper Men are "dapper" indeed, just fab Trace. x

  14. What a stunning design you are so talented


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