Whilst making my piece for Sunday Stampers, I thought I could use this to demonstrate my use of stamping and texture for the challenge at Creative Expressions. The theme chosen by Hels this week is 'Steampunk' and I love this theme so hope the tag I've made fits the requirements for both. I'm also going to enter my tag at Simon Says who have an 'no rules' theme this week.
I love stamping and building texture into my work and I'm constantly learning new techniques and tricks. I've gone back to one of my great loves this time though: embossing with powders and folders. I've also had a go at using Tim's kraft resist technique with picket fence stain - got into a bit of mess with that one but attempt two was better than the first!
Here's my tag and yes, there are flowers - of course - but no glossy accents! Hope you like it:
|The completed tag which was made on a base of TH Kraft Resist substrate. I really like this product but I haven't quite mastered his technique with the picket fence stain yet - I'm probably too heavy handed!|
|A couple of screw head brads were used on my tag - these were embossed with enamel before being attached to give them a more aged look. I was going to do this to the smaller brads in the flowers but didn't - wondering if I should have done this now??|
|This image shows another 'flower' steampunk style! The lower part is a die cut and the top layer is a wooden cog. The cog was embossed with three layers of enamel and before the final layer set, I stamped the footprint stamp into the molten enamel to create additional, relevant texture - I love doing that but always hold my breath before I've checked that my stamp has survived! The flower centre is another brad treated as explained previously.I stamped an image of a compass type thing under the flower and embossed it with clear powder so that it blended in with the existing resist images.|
A silver ball chain was added to complete the look.
I hope you like my tag and please keep your fingers crossed that the people at Creative Expressions like it too! Good luck to Buttons who I know is applying for one of the posts too and to all the other crafty people who put in an application.