Monday, June 18, 2012

A bit of this and that...

...a bit metal, a bit of Gent-like stuff and a bit of brown! It's time for the new challenge theme at Simon Says Stamp & Show where we say "Show a bit of brown...!" Whether you're into a shabby chic, Steampunk, romantic or Grungy vintage style, there's always a bit of brown to be found. Where would we be without a bit of Vintage Photo Distress ink??? We also, sadly, have to say goodbye to our DT captain Linda Elbourne who is sailing off into the sunset of adventure... Sniff..sniff. Thanks for everything Linda - you are top stuff! Stay tuned this Wednesday for lots of fantastic news from Simon Says Stamp & Show!
l have a nice new pack of Ranger Glossy cardstock in the house and thought I'd have a have a go at one of the techniques in my Mr. Tim book. I went for stamping onto metal foil tape and created a tag which is always a nice 'doable' sized base to work on! Big enough to play around and small enough to get finished before birdsong... (don't ask...)
I first die-cut a tag with my Big Shot. My background was created using Pool and Butterscotch Alcohol inks which I love together. I pounded them onto the tag, softened with Blending Solution and let a few drops fall onto the tag to add lighter spots.
Then I added detail using more images from the great the Mr. T Steampunk stamp set, working with Ranger Jet Black, Coffee and Sepia Archival inks. I coloured my glass fragment with more Alcohol Ink and then stamped my gent onto the sticky side of the metal tape. Apply to the back of your fragment, trim and voilĂ ! A metal man! He does have a few wrinkles, especially in the sunlight - but don't we all?
l wrapped a bit of wire around the tag and added some old washers with a bit of Idea-ology for that touch of brown! I even stamped on them if you look very closely... like with a microscope.
I stuck a piece of Copper Tape to card and ran it through my Dymo label maker to create my 'Eccentric Gent" strip, added a bit of Alcohol ink and sanded it back. Just an inky tie and two nuts (me and him) and I was done! It's a great technique and I hope to try it out again soon...

Or maybe you can give it a go and enter your piece into this week's challenge. Just 'a bit of brown', a really easy and fun theme. Hop over to the Design Team Blog to see all the great makes from my Teamies and I'll look forward to seeing all your creations too..! Thanks for calling by,
Sarah.

P.S. Update...bump is still bumpy! Thanks so much for all your thoughts....watch this space!

27 comments:

SusanK said...

Love this! Pool and Butterscotch, huh? Never thought about this combo, will have to try it myself.

RosA said...

More beautiful tags! Love the colours you have used. They go together so well.

Marijke said...

great tag, there is so much to see on it and love the colours you used

Helen said...

Great tag, love the colour combo!

Annie said...

You're still waiting then? Good to see you are using your time wisely making beautiful things.
Hugs,
A x

Heidi said...

Very nice and colourful tag! I'm yet again inspired!

flutterbycrafter said...

This is gorgeous

Redanne said...

Wow, I love this tag, gorgeous rich colours and not dull brown at all! Did not know you could put other things through a Dymo but yours looks amazing. No signs yet then? Take care. A x

Carol Q said...

fab tag. love the colours and loads going on.

Rita said...

What a Fabulous Tag. I love what you've done Sarah. Have a good day. Hugs Rita xx

Candy C said...

Sarah, your bit of brown piece is awesome! I love your background of Pool and Butterscotch. Just simply beautiful together. All of your stamping looks fantastic. Love the black and brown mix of inks. The fragment gent looks awesome as well. And the addition of the metal pieces...well, LOVE THEM! Really a great piece! <3 Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love your tag Saran, your handsome gent looks perfect against the luscious colours in the background which is also a treat for the eyes . Love the use of your Dymo with the metal, lovely touch as are your metal pieces. A feast for the eyes. Tracy x

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Very very beautiful tag Sarah.
Love the colors and everyting on it.

Greetings Janny

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Sarah,

Love your tags!!! Very cool.

So, the baby hasn't gotten that eviction notice yet? Thanks for keeping us posted!!

Hugs,
Kay

Annie said...

Wow Sarah, this is a fabulous tag. Loving all the stamping and various textures. Thanks for sharing x

Dangina Martinez said...

Terrific Job. Love the colors.
Tons of Hugs, Dangina

CraftyLoops said...

This is an awesome tag, I love the colours, design, everything. Glad wee bumpity bump is doing well. I hope you are too. Lee x

Anita Houston said...

Amazing background! Love your AO colors and the stamp choices. Fantastic!!!

trisha too said...

Such a gorgeous, detailed tag, Sarah!

:)

Ruby Craft said...

I love this tag! The colors are brilliant and the overall design is fantastic. Love all the layers and textures. I did not know you could stamp on the sticky side of the foil tape. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the details on how you made your tag.

inkypinkycraft said...

A fab tag! I live these stamps, my favourite at the mo! Glad the bump is still bumpy!!! And wrinkles, well !!! Enough said! Trace x

Hazel said...

What wonderful crafting - super tags and love the vibrant colours of the earlier artwork. Hope all goes well for you thanks for the opportunity of having a peep at your workspace - trying to make a few visits early this week! Hazel, WOYWW #87 x

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh Sarah, this is such an awesome tag! Love love LOVE all the detailed stamping and building up on the base, and the copper foil tape is fantasmagorical... I must buy some of that toot sweet!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Fantastic tag, Sarah!! I'm such a fan of this technique and the colors mesh together so beautifully!!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Lisa said...

Beautiful work. Love the color.

Kate said...

Sarah, this tag is amazing! I love all the bright colors in this tag and your choice of stamps. Your background is crazy awesome. I need to learn how to do this!!!

Gillian .... said...

What a fabby cool background you achieved Sarah, perfect for the steampunk gent, love everything that is going on in this tag. x