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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Sunday Stampers week 232 - Tuesday 20th November

Good Morning Blog Friends!

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments about my Dreamweaver Tutorial, I'm really pleased you liked it and found it easy to follow, I hope some of you will have a go, it really is a fab technique. Welcome also to my new follower and thank you so much for joining me on my crafty journey!

I've been missing a few days, because I simply ran out of 'made' projects, or at least ones I had photographed. I simply can't make enough cards or projects for a daily post, certainly not at the moment...tis the season for catching up with friends and relatives outside work, so less time in the craft room! I've also been busy with Design Team makes - I am really excited about my next Fantastic Ribbons one, it took ages but I really like it -and that's all I'm saying for now!

I did however make my Sunday Stampers project for this week, actually on Sunday! This week, after working with Tim Holz's new stamps (Did you hear his phone call when Hels was on C&C last week? Wow!!), one set featuring the most amazing face, Hels set us the task of creating a project with a face.

This led to a frantic search through my stamps and I found Inventor from a Steampunk set that I've used a lot, a 'Venetian' lady that I only recently bought, haven't used and am not 'sure' about and this one that I finally decided to use: 'rocket scientist' from Paper Artsy. I have had this very small stamp for years and never used this had to be the time!

So, I've made a grungy steampunky begin with I smeared Antique Bronze Distress Stain over the tag, followed by  a  mix of Vintage Photo, Tea Dye and Wild Honey  distress inks. I then went all around the edge with the distress stain.

Next I stamped randomly across the tag using the Thomas Edison quote from Sam Poole's Vintage Inventor stamp set by Creative Expressions (at this point I was still poised to use the face of the inventor from that set). For those of you not familiar with the set and are interested, the quote actually reads:
"I have not failed 10,000 times, I have found 10,000 ways that do not work". 
I wanted it to be quite faded so I stamped a few times on scrap paper before inking the tag.

I stamped the 'Rocket Scientist' using black Archival ink, which I then heat embossed using black embossing powder. It's actually quite a 'grainy' stamp with lots of black areas and it embossed really well. The photo doesn't really show how raised it is in reality and the result very tactile.

The word 'Inventor'  and the light bulb from the Sam Poole set were stamped next. I coloured the bottom part of the bulb with brushed pewter distress stain and then inked the word and the bulb with Vintage Photo - then - although it doesn't really show here, I opened my new pot of Ranger Rock Candy Crackle paint and brushed it quite thickly over both the bulb and the word. Again, pictures don't do it justice, it is really fab stuff, I can't stop running my fingers over the cracks!

The cog is part of a 'Special Touch' mask that I inked with Perfect Medium before running through the Grand Calibur and then heat embossed using  a black sparkly embossing powder. I cut it out and just arranged it at the side. To finish off I added some Ranger pewter brads from my stash box and some ribbon and lace which I grunged up a bit with distress inks.

Phew! That was a lot of description for such a little tag!

Thanks for stopping by,
Carole X


  1. Hi Carole,
    what a fabulous tag. I can see such a lot of wonderful work involved in this creation. I love all the wonderful creations you make with distress inks, stains, and other mediums.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  2. This is such a "Carole Creation!" A super tag. Even though Steam Punk isn't my thing, as I have said before, I really do love what you do with it!
    Until I started blogging I never took pictures of my card so if I haven't made anything then I don't have a post - simple as that. I have decided that it's not the end of the world. Have a good day. Christine x

  3. Hi Carole, it always amazes me in how similar our taste in stamps is, I have all the stamps you mention! This tag is wonderful, I love how you stamped the background with a faded look and that image of the boy is so bold and lovely - and as for your light bulb, well it looks almost real. Love it! Hugs, Anne x

    PS, yes, Tim sounded great, just wish he could have talked longer.....

    1. I think you and I are loving the same kind of art/crafts, stamps being one of them! I wish Tim had been give more chance to talk with Hels, he obviously wanted to! X

  4. Great tag Carole - there is so much work in this one! Really grungy and brilliant. Thanks for the comments on my last card, I do agree and I'm very much like Christine above, if I haven't got anything to post - I don't post. I have used up the pics of my older cards so it's not the end of the world! Having said that - I have one to post today so will be off to do that shortly! Yay.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  5. Fabbetty fab... love that little fella... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  6. Lovely tag Carole, you have used allthe stamps beautifully!x

  7. Carole, your tag is gorgeous. I love that vintage look. Have a good day. Hugs Rita xx

  8. Stunning tag love what you have done with it though i`m not into punk .Melanie