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Sunday 19 May 2013

For the love of Movers and Shapers

well it was my time for another Friday focus , this Friday and i was so happy as I got to focus on Movers and Shapers...I love these dies as they are so versatile and also have that cool Tim thing going on! Movers and shapers come in a variety of styles are are magnetic dies that work in conjunction with some of the bigz dies and/ or a base plate which is magnetic.  So here are the details for my main project(from Friday )...as promised on Friday ..
 I wanted to create a large piece and loving the time travellers set ...it decided on a steampunk style theme...

I started by covering the frame with texture paste(studio 490 black) and then when dry stippled over distress paints , including metallics to create a sort of industrial feel.

and then stippled with colour:

I then cut some of Lindas fab corrugated card and covered with a mix of metallic and distress stains..which I mixed and smooshed onto the craft sheet and then applied using cut n dry foam.

Then I set to work creating the inside pieces...

Firstly I cut out the pocket watch movers and shapers die and set the centre aside..this left the piece that usually would be discarded but I used this as a mask to stamp the cog design from Time Travellers set through.

I then also the pocket watch piece as a mask to cover over the stamped design so that I could ink the background, using distress inks and some spritz and flick. I love the torn edges and how they take the ink...

Then using the fab circles from the movers and shapers range I firstly cut a pocket watch using the pocket watch and base plate. Then I used the cut out shape and re cut using the smallest circle die to remove a piece from the centre, this gave me the piece placed on the box below.

So below shows the nearly finished piece that has used two masks made from the die and pocket watch base and frames, leaving a fab place in the centre just waiting to be filled...
I covered the outside watch pieces in clear embossing ink and the a mix of distress embossing powders in walnut stain, tea dye and black soot.

And I gave into temptation and added another UTEE filled bottle cap complete with idea-ology gears... I also added a philosophy tag and some of the fab new Tim rubs ons ..these are fab fab fab! 

The key is also a movers and shapers die and here has been used with the wonderful steampunk gent from time travellers set: I have also covered the key  in a mix of distress embossing powders, which creates fab texture and adds to that industrial feel!

I used this fab image from the time travellers image and coloured using distress inks and stains and my waterbrush. I then added a word band and a number plaquette...coloured up with distress paints.

Then in another piece of the large make I again used the die cut itself and the whole left behind..if that make sense..as you can see with the cogs below..the fact that can be moved means they can cut out a piece inside a larger piece anywhere you like...really cool...

I wanted to fill the large cog shape holes with cogs and then decided to fill them with glossy accents...but the cool thing is I could position them where I wanted within the piece of card and with the magnetic base tray they were held in place perfectly. I placed lots of idea-ology cogs and small old watch parts and then covered with glossy accents. I also added a timepiece and more rub ons.

I then used the cogs for somewhere else in the piece. I coloured these cogs by stippling the yummy new distress paints onto them...oh and no piece would be copmplete without some wire!

Well hope you liked my make and if you want to see my Friday Focus with more ideas for movers and shapers hop here...
All products listed below are for the whole Friday focus...Remember:

All the dies and Movers and Shapers I have used are listed below with links to the lovely Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique, where these are already at a fab price and will now have another 15% off for this week as they are the Friday Focus..

Have a fun and inky one!
trace x 


  1. Fantastic Trace. What a beautiful details and marvelous materials. Great combination.
    lovely greet

  2. fabulous work Trace - looks like you had lots of fun - love all the details and that texture paste looks like fun. Big Hugs rachel xx

  3. Loved this piece already when I saw it over at F&F and this is a fantastic step by step Trace!

  4. This is fabulous Trace, a gorgeous piece with lots of hint and tips xx

  5. Hi Trace, this is all the better for my second viewing! I really love how you embedded the watch parts in the glossy accents - great idea. Love this piece. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Wow, so much to take the eye and brought together brilliantly. Lots of techniques combined too. A fab project Trace, love it! Chris xxx

  7. A great steampunk masterpiece, Trace!

    Love all your masking and filling up with UTEE and glossy accents! Wonderful details all around! Awesome!

    Claudia x

  8. Fantastic make Trace. Hugs Rita xxx

  9. Wow - what a fantastic piece of steampunk fantasy... I love it all the way from the wind-up time traveller (genius touch!) to the glossy cogs and gears, as well as the tempting use you're making of those pocket watches and circles... not helping my credit card!!

    No worries at all about commenting - hope the week hasn't been too horrible. I'm having to do some major catching up now myself - falling behind!!
    Alison xx

  10. Stunning piece, Trace, and fantastic tutorial, I love it.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  11. A lot of preparation with great result Trace...nice details!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  12. A Steampunk masterpiece... Brilliant work...Love the detail, & texture...Hugs May x x x

  13. I loved this project...AMAZING!!! The corrugated, the gent, the details, the texture, the layers...all FABULOUS!~!!! PINNING!

  14. Really a wonderful piece of art with a lot of fantastic details.

  15. Trace...love your steampunk piece! Your tutorial is great and well worth all of the time it took to post it! :) The die cut pocket watch and gears all look fantastic on this, Trace. I also love the way you've used the die cut areas and filled them with mini gears and UTEE. How clever is that?! Really a great make, Trace! Thanks for the kind comments you left on my blog as well. <3 Candy

  16. I would just like to echo all the above comments. Fantastic piece of art work once again Trace. I also particularly love the cog wells with the watch parts embedded in them - just ace ! H x

  17. I totally love this piece. Everything in it is fabulous.

    Thanks so much for explaining your process and showing close-up photos.

    I'm pinning it too!

  18. I think this one is my favourite! Loved everything that you did on it!

  19. Just spotted this thanks to a recent link from Buttons - love it!!


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