Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tim's Tag, Day 8 - Don't Imitate, Innovate!

Today's tag from Tim should have been one of the easiest for me - I do love all things Steampunk! For some reason though, it took me some time to get into it. Since I'd already done my own little Steampunk wreath on tag #6,  I wanted to do something a little different for this one. I'm sure I had this fantastic piece by Sarah on my mind when the idea for Steampunk ornaments popped into my head! Thanks so much for the inspiration, Sarah! :-)

To create the open gears, I first cut them from chipboard using my Sizzix Mini Gears and Gadget Gears dies. Next, I carefully snipped the cross piece from the cog, creating an open frame. The cog on the top left had a solid center which was cut out using a Spellbinders circle die (I didn't end up using that one).

After I cut the gears, I painted them with my Adirondack Metallic Dabbers. Love that look so much! Then, I stamped the clock images from Tim Holtz's Going Somewhere stamp set, and Artistic Outpost's Whimsical Melange, on white cardstock. I stamped the men from the Steampunk set on cream cardstock, cut them apart and adhered them to the clock faces. Finally, I layered them to a piece of chipboard and glued the frame on top.

Ooooh, my favorite part! After they were dry, I applied embossing ink to the inside and filled them with Ranger's Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE). I heated it to melt and then added another layer. I love how they turned out!

While I had my UTEE out, I whipped up a little Faux Crazed Porcelain tag for the bottom. I cut apart the numbers from Tim's Stuff to Say stamp set and used them for the 25. The tag is attached to the tag with Idea-ology Washers and Tiny Brads.

Since I had so much going on up at the top, I added an Idea-ology Hinge Clip and Light Bulb to the side of the tag. I used the Joyeux Noel stamp from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods collection to add the sentiment.

Supplies used:

Tim Holtz Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Stuff to Say Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Going Somewhere Stamp Set
Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabbers - Silver, Gold, Copper, Pitch Black, Snow Cap
Ranger Distress Crackle Paint - Picket Fence
Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel - Clear
Sizzix Weathered Clock Die
Sizzix Gadget Gears Die
Sizzix Mini Gears Die
Idea-ology Light Bulbs, Hinge Clip
Idea-ology Tiny Attacher
Ranger Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs

All the supplies I used for my tag are listed above and can be found at Inspiration Emporium - clicking the link will take you directly to the item. If you use my coupon code - stamptramp - you'll save 10%!

32 comments:

  1. WOW! What a great idea to use the gears as picture frames! very bold tag. I love it!

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  2. Very innovative how you used the gears as frames!! It's gorgeous!!

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  3. what an absolutely fabulous idea,love the frames

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  4. Great idea to frame your faces with the gears! Love it! I didn't want to wait for my images to dry with the glaze so that image is going to come up on another project! :) You have much more patience than me. :) Beautiful tag!

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  5. So many wonderful ideas in this one piece. Fabulous!

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  6. I am enjoying looking at your tags every day as much as I am enjoying Tim's tags! I just had to laugh and wonder if your steampunk inspired his tag today.

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  7. I am enjoying looking at your tags every day as much as I am enjoying Tim's tags! I just had to laugh and wonder if your steampunk inspired his tag today.

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  8. Stunning! Love the "guys" all enameled like that!

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  9. LOL, when I saw Tim's tag this morning, I thought, ghee he must be reading Shelly's blog and have been inspired by her steampunk wreath the other day. Another awesome and inspiring piece. I have so enjoyed your take on Tim's tags so far this year!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  10. ooOOOooo yeah, I agree... stretch your wings and fly...I've been doin' my own thing as well and I'm having a BLAST! I really dig what you created...just beyond fab!
    Peace and Love, Dar

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  11. Completely awesome how you separated your guys and framed them! I love your background too.

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  12. I LOVE this! Gorgeous tag! =)

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  13. You make this theme so appealing but when I try it it looks horrendous! Do love the gear frames!

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  14. Great ideas and techniques! I love the gears as ornaments and love how you combined the elements and used the glossy accents in the gears. Also love your background and the big clock behind. And thank you for sharing the porcelain tag, it looks awesome, would love to try that! Thanks for sharing!

    Katie B.

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  15. WOW LOVE THIS TAG!!!!!!!!!
    Greetz Patricia

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  16. Great tag and very innovative!

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  17. What a beautiful tag. So many ideas here. Everything fits together so well.

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  18. Shelly, this turned out really well! You are the Queen of Steampunk!

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  19. This is great Shelly, good thinking of innovate!

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  20. My comment on Tim's steampunk tag post was about YOUR tag! I so admire your creations, Shelly. Your work is amazing and inspiring! Of ALL the 12 tags, so far (yours AND Tim's) THIS is my favourite!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  21. AWESOME inovation of Tims tag!

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  22. I love this one !!! The gears are perfect as frames. Very innovative !!
    Best regards Berdien

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  23. Love it! I really like the way you split up the fellas and framed them in the gears.

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  24. Wow! absolutely fabulous as usual!! I love your take on this :)

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  25. Another totally fabulous tag!!!!!

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  26. Shelly, you never fail to amaze me with the wonderful ideas you come up with and so generously share with us.
    I just love your take on the steampunk tag.

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  27. So many brilliant little details!!! love it!!

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  28. Fantastic steampunk tag - I just love the gears as frames!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate your comments so much!