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Thursday, 10 January 2013

grunge it up!!

well as Thursday is usually my day for a creative expressions post
 I decided to show a tag
(no shock there then!!!)
 I have made using my one of my all time favourite sets of stamps vintage inventor..
so I indulged myself in a steampunk, grunged up tag..always cheers me up!
so here is my tag:
i started by embossing the tag using a metal plate effect embossing folder,
then covered in verday paint..
and let it do its thing!
when done I added some clear embossing dabber around the edge..
this is fab because you can dab just where you want
and added tea dye distress embossing powder which has a fab texture
and almost rusty appearance..LOVE it ..
(great for another texture and element to piece ..)
I then stamped the little spring stamp and embossed
with the tea dye distress embossing powder too..in random places ..
the cog die cuts had the same treatment as the tag and the fab nuts
in the centres are from eco green and can be found here..
they were dabbed with espresso paint dabber and then tea dye distress powder added
I then stamped the inventor..just LOVE him!!
and the words onto card and distressed
you didn't think I could make a  tag without distress ink!??
finally I added a fab key embellishment..
well that's all from me today..
I do love this set of stamps..! did I say!?
I  following competitions..
 it is embrace the old @ simon says stamp and show  

have a fun and inky one


  1. The man looks so brutal! Fine altering! Hope your sun is well and won't get a scar? Hugs, Gerrina

    1. oh thanks so much my son is much better and hopefully there will only be a tiny scar , you are very kind trace x

  2. I always love steampunk creations. Your tags looks fantastic, love how you've placed the key.

  3. Brill tag Trace and like the sound of the embossing dabber :)
    Von ♥

  4. This looks so so authentically vintage Trace - brilliant process you followed to get it to its final state. Its gloriously grungy!! Nicola x

  5. Wonderful textures and effects...a fabulous tag Trace!

  6. Fabulous steampunk grunge - vintage Trace! What a feast of texture and distressing... love the torn words! Your love for these stamps comes shining through - a really great tag!
    Alison x

  7. Trace..your steampunk tag is so cool! I love the gears and the gent with the metallic key coming from behind him. This is a wonderful design and as per your usual...very nicely done! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  8. Oh you know I love grunge and this is grungy steampunk at its best! Love all the manly colors! I suppose I must get my grungy little hands on the embossing dabber as I can see it may work out better than swiping the ink pad! Very cool and thank you for playing along with us at FSC!

  9. Great tag Trace ! Love the rusty embossing, and all the texture is fabulous ! Sue C x

  10. A rusty wonder Trace. Love the amount of authentic looking texture you've crammed in here. Hugs, Jenny x

  11. Hi Trace
    Wow wow wow steampunk grunge at its best. I just love the texture you have given this it is fantastic


  12. Fabulous tag so much to look at. Love the rustiness must get one of those embossing dabbers x

  13. Such a nice tag, Trace...love this style

    greetings, Alie :-)

  14. If there's no wire, i catch the staples(:o) Cool tag and of course i'm in love with the rusty colour.

  15. I love him too Trace and the word thingamjig is always guaranteed to raise a smile..... you have some brilliant texture on your tag and I love how you made the Inventor into a wind up man - clever idea, love that, love your tag. Hugs, Anne x

  16. Woohoooo its a awesome tag.

  17. fabulous tag Trace - superamazing steampunk tag xx

  18. A fabulous grungy vintag tag, Trace. Love the deep hues and the rusty look on all the die cuts! Super layers and textures!


  19. love your tag, it's fantastically grungy, love the rusty look.

  20. Trace~This tag is awesome. I am going to have to look for one of those embossing dabbers! :)

  21. SO loving this!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

  22. Brilliant tag with so many things to learn on it.

    Hope you are getting used to the children being back at school now--it looks like you might be :)

    Love Chrissie xx

  23. Wonderful tag Trace, such a fabulous grungy finish to it with great images. Thanks for linking to the 'Surprise Us' challenge at FSC.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  24. Hi Trace. Fabulous tag love all the grungy elements.
    Thanks for joining us at FSC
    Avril xx

  25. Awesome grunge and steampunk!

    Claudia x

  26. Love your rusty masculine look here - the stamps are fab! The little key at the side is one of those perfect finishing touches which draw things together. Great make Trace.

  27. Steampunk creations are always so fascinating.
    The layers are wonderful and that key at the side of the man is a wonderful addition.
    Thank you for sharing this fabulous tag with us at FSC.

  28. Well I always said that life was not worth living unless you had a key screwed into your neck. Love these colors together - perfect for your design!


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