I was totally inspired by a class Tim Holtz just taught at the recent Creativation show(and he was inspired by Paula Cheney). I wanted to create something similar to what I had seen done, but put my own twist on it.
Start by running the solid half of your Steampunk heart through your die cutting machine using a 3d embossing folder. Spritz the chipboard on both sides before using the embossing folder so the chipboard really gets nice texture.
Take one of your Extra Large Tags and cut about three inches off the bottom. Cover the entire tag with patterned paper. Add bits of ephemera and adhere them to your tag. I used a mix of vintage and reproduction ephemera here. I love to mix old and new. The entire tag gets a coat of collage medium.
Once the collage medium is dry smoosh Distress Oxide inks onto your craft sheet and tap the tag into the ink. The ink will stay beaded up on the craft sheet and you get neat splotches of color. When you have a bit of color on your tag spritz with water and allow to air dry. Do this step several times until you achieve the color you like.
Use the mini gear stencil from Tim Holtz to add a bit of grit paste to the top corner.
Then add random blobs of grit past on the sides of the tag. Once the paste is dry, use the same Oxide inks to color the grit paste. Add Distress Crayon in Black Soot to the edges of the tag. Splatter the tag with white, black, and gold paint.
Using foam tape adhere the heart of the tag. Give the paper doll a layer of clear gesso and color in his suit using Distress Marker in Mowed Lawn. Add a resin flower to his suit. Glue the ruler to the heart and using foam tape adhere the man so he appears to be sitting on the ruler.
Use Chit chat stickers to create your sentiment.
Color in the word token using Distress Crayon in Picket Fence and add a jump ring. Take an old paint brush and add a jump ring to the top. Add the rings to a vintage laundry pin and stick the pin through the fabric at the top of the tag. The fabric at the top of the tag is actually a piece of my clean up rag I use in the studio. I just cut a piece off because I really liked the colors on it. To complete my tag I took some gel pens and made marks all over the piece.