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Thursday 18 October 2012

getting krafty for creative expressions DT

well it is time for another creative expressions dt piece,
 and my first proper tutorial...
so here is my krafty tag:
this tag uses the fab steampunk stamps again..
and this time i have used the tree as my focal image,
there are so many combinations to choose from in this set..
and they are very versatile..
so start with a blank kraft tag,
ink the large cog stamp,
cover with clear embossing powder  and heat..this will make the images go clear
and they will act as a resist

next spritz the tag with water and then cover with
and dry with heat tool.

once dry,
use a damp kitchen towel to remove stain
from embossed cogs.
then ink up small cog stamp,
using picket fence distress stain and stamp randomly.

once dried,
i admit i used my heat tool,
i distressed the edges, to scuff them
and inked using vintage photo distress ink
then add liquid pearls to the centres of the cogs..
now stamp the tree, onto kraft .
dry and cut out
and set aside..
now for the wire tinsel,
take some thin silver wire and fold in half,
then twist the two pieces together..
staple to the tree
to create the tinsel
using the mini attacher..
i used two strands..
then add liquid pearls to the centres of the cog designs on the tree too..
cut a lace die cut border,
i used Tim's vintage lace
colour with antique linen and
then cover with clear embossing..
heat and repeat 3 times to create a glossy finish..
finally add some vintage ribbon,
coloured with distress stain
and some idea-ology
i used Christmas muse token and some idea-ology baubles
on a trinket pin...
hope all that helps and makes sense...
this could easily be made into a card rather than a tag..
have a fun and inky day!!!!


  1. Fantastic Trace, great Tag and very spcial.
    lovely greet

  2. I love your walkthrough, you notice so much more when it's explained to you. I love this tag, it's got so much detail. Fab Trace. Michelle x

  3. Fabulous tag and a great tutorial Trace - great how you stapled that wire onto the tree - looks amazing! Hugs rachel x

  4. Lovely tag Trace, love the resist background and your tree with its wore tinsel is lovely. Tracy x

  5. Lovely tag, tha background is fab. Hope you are ok? Love Elizabeth xxx

  6. Oh Trace, I love this! The subtle whitewashed resist background is gorgeous... and the wire tinsel is a genius touch to the steampunk tree (a stamp fast moving up my wishlist). Fabulous make... and thanks for the detailed step-by-step!
    Alison x

  7. A really great tutorial Trace and your tag is beautiful, love the tree and the stapled tinsel and that whitewashed background. I really love the scuffed edges on the tag and the ideaology elements are perfect. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  8. How cool - steampunk goes Christmas, a wonderful tag.

  9. Fab piece, Trace. Hope being on the CE DT doesn't get tiring... x

  10. Fantastic tag Trace, enjoyed the step by step. The wire tinsel is genius.xx

  11. ...superb tag and tutorial Trace, simply gorgous, I do loVe the effect you get from Picket fence it's so perfect for festive creations and the wire tinsel well i loVe it a super idea...gorgeous funky work, very inspiring and great to look at...Melxx :)

  12. Fabulous tag Trace, very creative and inspirational, love how you have showed the whole process so well.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  13. Love the kraft look with this set of stamps. Great tag and well done on the tut, very informative.x

  14. Amei o turorial. Afinal sou principiante. Obrigada e parabéns pelo blog. Estou lhe seguindo pois vez por outra passarei por aqui. Seus trabalhos são lindos. Parabéns! Aproveito a oportunidade para lhe convidar a vir conhecer meus cantinhos de viagem e artesanato. Será muito bem vinda! Beijo.

  15. Very cool tag, Trace! Love your Steampunk twist on this. Thanks for your very sweet comment on my blog! Hugs. Candy

  16. Great tutorial Trace. Love your use of Picket Fence and that lacy border is beautiful. Have a great weekend, hugs Buttons x

  17. Gorgeous tag Trace, Loved the tutorial... What fabulous stamps these are.. Great background stamping too... Hugs May x x x

  18. Totally Love! Brilliant! Just love all the yummy kraft! Kim

  19. Wow! What an awesome tag and a fabulous tutorial. I can't over the garlands... such a crowning touch!


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