Whenever there are 5 Friday's in a month we have a Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey. Several of the Creative Guides signed up to make tags in April - including me!
I wanted to use my brandy-new Tim Holtz Gadget Gears #2 die and also try a 'rusting' technique that I saw somewhere on a blog (and I'm sorry - I neglected to write down where I saw it so please tell me if it was you!) I die cut the gears out of kraft card, brushed them with Black Gesso - and when they were dry, I painted on Twinkling H2O's in Chestnut Brown and Spiced Pumpkin.
Here's a closer look at the rust effect.
I die cut a piece of striped Paper Stash paper using Tim's Tag and Bookplates die and adhered it over a #8 Manila tag. I sponged the edges with Ranger Distress Ground Espresso. I added some ephemera, also with sponged edges, stapled on a strip of Tissue Tape and a piece of Film Strip Ribbon. I added one Chit Chat Sticker at this point.
Then I started layering on my gears using foam tape and added Orange Glitter Gem Stickers to the centers of the gears (like Tim's gumdrops but cheapies from Michaels!). I sponged Distress Ground Espresso ink over the tops of the gems to dull the shine a bit.
Next I added more Chit Chat Stickers - Imagine a different, beautiful, new world. I drew around the stickers with a black Stabilo pencil and rubbed over them with a wet finger to smudge the lines. I wrapped some heavy carpet thread around a pen nib that I colored with Adirondack Alcohol inks in Butterscotch and Raisin.
To finish the decoration of my tag - I added 3 wood veneer stars. I cut a piece of black card slightly larger than my tag and adhered the tag to it - punched a hole in the top - looped 3 different pieces of Trimmings through the hole and tied them with another piece of heavy button thread.
If you'd like to see several more inspiring tags - please hop on over to A Vintage Journey Blog!Paper: Manilla #8 Tag - Ranger, Kraft, True Black - PTI. Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Regions Beyond.
Ink: Ranger Distress Ground Espresso, Adirondack Alcohol Inks Butterscotch and Raisin.
Accessories: Gadget Gears #2 Bigz Die, Tag and Bookplates Die - Alterations/Tim Holtz, heavy black button thread, black Stabilo Pencil, Wood Veneer Stars - Studio Calico/American Crafts, Idea-ology Ephemera/Thrift Shop, Regions Beyond Tissue Tape, Film Strip Ribbon, Chit Chat Stickers, Pen Nib, Trimmings - Natural/Black/Cream, Mini Attacher - Ranger, Black Gesso - Dina Wakley, Glitter Gem Stickers - Michaels.