Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Vintage Journey - April Tag Friday - Imagine

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.


S@ndy Diller said...

Love your tag, can't go wrong with gears and yours are awesome! S@ndy xx

Loll said...

Your tags are always so amazing Julia. Always so many wonderful details to look at. That rusting technique looks awesome and sounds easy. :) Must try it. Thanks so much! xx

Samra said...

What a fabulous tag Julia! Love it! And I absolutely agree with Sandy: can't go wrong with gears :)
Paper Talk with Samra

nancy littrell said...

Love your gear tag Julia. Your rust technique is so cool. I now have black Gesso on my wishlist. TFS your steps.

Astrid Maclean said...

A brilliant tag Julia, super use of those new dies, - love the rusty effects on them, brilliant!!
Sending big hugs xxx Thinking of you!

Redanne said...

Julia, I just love your tag, it is so masculine with the paper and gears - and I have learned a new rusting technique too - thank you so much for sharing that! Big hugs, Anne xxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Julia, love your tag, the striped backdrop almost looks ribbed from a distance. Love the gears, lovely touch. Have a wonderful weekend. Sending hugs. Tracy x

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous tag Julia - love how you coloured those amazing cogs, gorgeous rusting, and then gave them such a wonderful background. Love it! Jennie x

Mona Pendleton said...

Fantastic tag Julia! Love all the cogs and gears!

Deb Riddell said...

Fabulous tag Julia, what a great rust technique on the gears and love all those fabulous collaged elements! Brilliant idea to dull the shine on your Michaels gumdrops with Ground Espresso, filing that tip away for future reference! Thanks so much for sharing it and sending hugs your way, Deb xo

butterfly said...

Love this industrial grungy affair... fabulous cogs, and the wire-wrapped pen nib is a brilliant touch. The whole thing works so well - beautifully thought out.
Big love and hugs.
Alison x

Brenda Brown said...

Love this Julia, a very rich and grungy looking tag with fabulous elements and techniques. Great job.
Enjoy the weekend.
hugs Brenda xxx

A Pink said...

Fabulous tag! Julia just my kind of thing! Love the background and all those rusty gears and the gumdrops work so well as a contrast to the grungy feel of the tag .
Thanks for sharing .
hugs x