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Monday 27 August 2012

Dt Call Challenge For Creative Expressions...texture

well when I saw this Dt call I was excited to say the least...
but holidays to Disneyland Paris and family time was first,
so it is not till now that I have made my piece for
 this Design team call at Creative Expressions ..
So here he is :
I love steampunk, tags and all things Tim
and my among my favourite steampunk stamps
are the fab plates by Sam Poole from Creative Expressions..
I created the texture in lots of ways.....
........I hope.......
the background tag was made using embossing folders,
a take on Tim's rusted enamel technique
and my trusty distress inks!
The cogs are using card, metal foil ...
a new rusty technique picked up from Andy Skinners Timeworn course
which I have just begun...
I added a crackled light bulb, string and metal idea - ology
for a variety of other textures...
finishing off with  my steampunk gent,
and a mini bottle full of old watch parts...
have a fun and inky day!


  1. Just lubberly, hope you had a great time. Hugs Elizabeth xxx

  2. Hi Trace, your tag is fabulous! It is my fav steampunk stamp set too and I love how you have used it, the rusting shows up well on those cogs and I love the idea of crackling the light bulb, it looks very realistically cracked. You certainly have created a lot of texture. Good luck with the DT call. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  3. Incredible Tracey, it's just marvellous. You've really enjoyed yourself, and that rusty technique looks amazing. Good luck on the design team call. Michelle xx

  4. Really love this steampunk tag...the colors, the details, great Trace!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  5. Wow this is amazing. Great work.

  6. Hey Trace, great to see you applying for the DT with Creative Expressions, I have applied for a second year on the team , fingers crossed we get to create alongside each other. The very best of luck to you. I love your textural tag, steampunk is a favourite of mine and I love your take, great images and embellishments too . Tracy x x

  7. Forgot to mention, are you enjoying Ansy's workshop? I have just started the timeworn workshop too, it's great fun isn't it. I love the rusty technique and I am having a play date with a friend this weekend to try out a few more of the techniques too. Tracy x x

  8. ...this is an awesome piece for the DT call Tracy, your techniques are well executed, your colours perfect, superb inking and your elements are just perfect, loVe the little bottle full mini cogs & sprockets, really neat...always a pleasure to see your creations...Melxx :)

  9. This is great Tracey! Loving it.

  10. A fabulous piece for your DT entry, I so wish you the best of luck.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  11. AmAzing tag Trace...the detail is fabulous the rusty technique is fantastic.. lots of luck Trace it looks a winner to me... Hugs May x x x

  12. Trace...your tag is awesome! I love the steampunk feel of this tag. Girl, you are so talented....Creative Expressions would be lucky to get you. Your work is awesome!! Best of luck on this DT call!!! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. <3 Candy

  13. Hi Trace,

    O.k. The whole steampunk thing is growing on me..... I really love this tag! Actually, pretty much everything I've seen you create I love. I've even done some pinning - let me know if you'd rather I didn't.


  14. Fabulous texture is right! Love the grunge look!

  15. Awsome tag just awesome.


  16. It is beautiful. Goodluck with the dt call

  17. This is fantastic Trace!! I love the colours, the textures and all the other little elements that make it so wonderful. You know that I am wishing huge buckets of luck with your application and if they don't see your talent then they need new specs!!
    I'm doing the Andy Skinner course too and I wondered if the Trace on the forum was you! I haven't had time to do much yet but hopefully I'll make some headway this week.
    Fingers crossed for the DT app!!!!!! :)

  18. Brilliant tag - with those AS techniques getting straight in there... amazing grunge and patinas! Wishing you so much luck for the DT call, Trace!
    Alison x

  19. A clever steampunk tag with some really great stuff on it.

    Love Chrissie xx

  20. Totally fabulous, Trace! Love love LOVE all the texture, especially on the gears.

  21. Thanks for stopping by my Blog today Trace. So pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Our family have just gone back. Need to get the house back in order now! Judy x

  22. How cool, your tag looks fantastic. Love all the elements and the steampunk theme.

  23. Looking good! Hope you make a change for the DT-team! Fingers crossed! Hugs, Gerrina

  24. Trace this texture piece is fantastic as always, love all the different ways you have achieved it. Wishing you all the very best for the DT call. x

  25. Wow! Love all the little details and that stamp of the man is fabulous, haven't seen that one. I really like the embossed background with the clear emboss over it - gorgeous look, adds a lot of depth!

  26. Stunning tag. Love all the techniques you have used.
    Good luck with the DT call.


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