Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas 2011 - Tag 8 - Steampunk yeehaaa!!

Wow, now that's what I call an original Tim Holtz tag! I've loved steampunk ever since reading H. G. Wells "Time Machine" as a child. I totally "get it"!! Tim's tag today is a brilliant example, and before I show you my cheap version, I want to share my love of my good friend Lee's steampunk stickpins - go on, have a look at her blog post here (but maybe finish reading this one first :-). OK, here we go, hold onto your hats...

"Tag 8"

This tag has been made entirely from dies, stamps and consumables - no adornments at all, honest! I don't have the big steampunk stamp set with the blueprints, etc., but luckily for me, I do have the little one with the top-hat men. Instead, a compass stamp was used with white acrylic paint to make the resist background, and this was inked with Barn Door, Pine Needles, Tumbled Glass & Weathered Wood inks, then overstamped with a map stamp in black archival using Tim's "ghosting" technique (no acrylic block).


The weathered clock & gadget gears were die-cut from empty cat food box and coloured with Adirondack mixatives in silver or gold before sanding and staining with Walnut Stain distress ink. A little white acrylic paint was added to the edges of the gears. More gears were cut from shrink plastic, shrunk and heat-embossed with silver embossing powder. A screw brad was used to join the gears with one of the clock hands, then all were fixed to the card with glossy accents.

"Journalling ticket"

Both tickets were stamped in Barn Door distress ink and Archival ink using masking techniques and a number of stamps (Kaisercraft - journalling ticket; Tim Holtz - hand, number, Admit One; mag freebie - Rudolph). The journalling ticket was distressed with scissors & ink, the "admit one" ticket was coloured with red promarker.

"Homemade Pen Nib"

This pen nib was made from grungepaper cut to size, then heat-embossed with silver embossing powder, a hole punched near the nib, and then the whole thing curled around a knitting needle to shape and further heat embossed to get rid of cracks.


The "JOY" and "25" were die-cut letters painted with black acrylic paint using a finger. "JOY" was fixed to the tag, then covered in glossy accents.

"25 plaque"

"25" was fixed to a small die-cut shape painted with white acrylic paint, dried with a heat gun, then decorated with a fineliner, dabbed with a little black acrylic paint to distress, and fixed to the card. Finally, a couple of "nailheads" were added with a little Pewter Liquid Pearls.

"Steampunk gentlemen"

"Tallyho" and "Toodlepip" from the steampunk top-hatted gentlemen - stamped on grungepaper, cut to size and edges inked, then decorated with holly sequins and red glitter-glue for berries.

Entered for the following challenge:
Charismacardz - no cards
Samuel Taylors Challenge - anything goes
Truly Madly Crafty - Christmas colours
Simon Says Stamp and Show - some elements of time


  1. You are most definitely a genius! And a wee angel for being so kind as to mention my blog. But that aside, this tag is INCREDIBLE. My jaw dropped this morning when I saw the tag Tim had made and it dropped again when seeing yours. I love that youve used the grungepaper to make the pen nib. I was pretty convinced you nicked Tom's good fountain pen and dismantled it! Absolutely fantastic tag Maddy. Lee xx

  2. Oh my goodness this is a beautiful tag! All the detail is amazing. I've got my fingers crossed for you in the giveaway : )

  3. Hi,

    Interesting project ! Congatulations !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

    Hugs from France.

  4. FABulous! So much detail! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.
    Joanne x

  5. Lush tag,fab bright colours,well done you!

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz,best of luck!

  6. Hello! Your take on Tim's tag is wonderful! You did a fabulous job of making it your own! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  7. Awesome take on Tim's steampunk Christmas tag - love it! I like your addition of 'Rudolph' to your ticket.. so cute! Thanks for sharing your tag with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

    Ellen :)

  8. This is amazing! :) Thanks so much for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week! :)

  9. Great creation! Thanks for playing at Charisma Cardz! xxx

  10. A really great creation, love the fab paper and details.

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week :)
    Hugs, Nina.


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