I wanted to use a Steampunk theme for this month's tag. My talented daughter helped design the top hat (she found a cool template online and re-sized it for me), mustache, and monocle for the tag! Thanks, love! I will lead you through step-by-step instructions and photos that will show you how I created this tag.
Step One: I took chipboard and cut it into the shape of a Number 8 sized tag.
Step Two: I adhered tissue tape to the chipboard tag. I just adore this tissue tape and the designs are lovely and fun!
Step Three: I found this cool cardstock- weight paper at my local craft store and thought it would look fantastic for this project. I don't have an embossing and die cutting machine so I had to improvise.
Step Four: Adhere the paper to the tag with matte medium to seal. Let dry completely.
Step Five: Using gesso, coat the tag with a thin layer and then wipe
off with kitchen paper to reveal the design of the tissue tape beneath the swirled card stock.
Step Six: Taking distress ink in colors of your choice, lay the colors over the tag as dark or light as you please. My daughter, who is going to attending a makeup artistry school in the fall of 2016 gave me some extra makeup applicators. I ran out of my d
Distress Ink applicators and once again, I improvised. However, these work in a fabulous way.
Step Seven: Grunge up the perimeter of the tag with some Distress Paint in the color of your choice. I chose Black Soot. It doesn't matter that the white of the paper shows because it adds a cool visual.
Step Eight: The Burnt Brown Bag technique was used here to give the tag a cool metallic/leathery look. Simply apply a layer of glue, not too thick or thin but just medium. I would say that you don't want the paper to burn, just the glue. Carefully hold the tag, glue side down just over the flame and wave the tag over the flame until the glue is a dark soot color. I used kitchen tongs to hold the bag and it curled a bit but I just put it under a heavy box. Gently rub off the extra soot with kitchen paper until the cool metallic shine comes through.
Step Nine: I took my design pieces and used them as templates on another size 8 tag. Then using the tag as a template, I drew the design onto the burnt brown bag piece with a black fine tipped marker. I cut the pieces out and then using Distress Paint and foam makeup applicators, I gave the tag a distressed metal look.
Step Ten: The burnt brown bag piece was adhered to the top of the tag piece created in Steps Two through Seven.
Step Eleven: Using scrap paper, cut two rectangular shapes out with decorative-edged scissors like the deckle-edged ones I used above. Distress the shapes using Distress Paint like Picket Fence and a sanding tool. These cool number brads give the paper a neat grunge look. I used a small hole puncher to make holes in the paper so it was easier to adhere the brads.
Here is what it looks like when the brad piece is adhered with foam squares onto the main tag.
Step Twelve: These Mini Gears add a cool Steampunk flair to the tag. I found a large gear in my stash of stuff and adhered it to the tag using a foam square that I cut so it wouldn't show through. Using a strong adhesive, I layered the smaller gears on top and around the larger gear. I took a gear and adhered it to the center of the monocle.
Step Thirteen: Take some twine and loop it through the hole at the top of the tag or use any ribbon of your choice.
Step Fourteen: For the final step, I added some words to my tag using the Chitchat stickers.
The final project!
List of Materials Used:
Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink:
Distress Paint in Black Soot, Picket Fence, and Tarnished Brass
Distress Ink: Wilted Violet and Lucky Clover
Number Brads, Mini Gears, Chitchat Stickers, Tissue Tape-Elements, and#8 Craft Tags
Liquitex Matte Medium
Art Alternatives Gesso
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Fiskars Paper Edgers Deckle design
We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack Distressing Tool
Bead Landing Found Objects Large Gears
Other Stuff Used:
Brown paper bag, fine-tipped black marker, candle, scissors, foam adhesive, adhesive tape, scrap paper, twine, foam brush, foam makeup pads, and a small hole punch to use with the brads.