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.
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" 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.
"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