Monday, February 4, 2019

You altered my heart

Hi Everyone,

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.
Using collage medium adhere Floral college paper to the embossed half of the heart.  I did a thin layer on the heart and adhered the collage paper.  I applied another layer on top and really worked the paper in with my fingers so you could see the embossed texture.
Paint the gear side of the heart using Dina Wakley media paint in Umber.  Paint the gears using Dina Wakley Media paint(Gilt and Ancient) and Tim Holtz Distress Paint(Brushed Pewter).  Add metal gears on top of some of chipboard gears for dimension.  Add embossing powder and crackle texture paste randomly on the heart for even more visual interest.  When the crackle paste is dry rub in a bit of Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon.

Take one of your Extra Large Tagand 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.

Happy Monday


  1. Wowzers girl!! Now this is a Valentine!!!! Love that giant heart!!

  2. Lots of mixed media goodness going on on this amazing tag, Jess. I love the texture and all the fab layers! Thank you for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x

  3. Stunning tag, love all the texture and collaging, amazing layers. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  4. Gorgeous tag Jess :-) the whole design of this is absolutely stunning!!

    Congratulations you have won the $50 voucher on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I didn't actually realise until after the post had published that not only did you win, you are also in the spotlight!! Woo Hoo!! a double celebration!! :-) Well Done!! XX

    Please email us, there is a clickable link on the sidebar of the challenge blog :-)
    Lols x x x

  5. Great make for this time of year! Love that big steampunk heart. You have imbued this with love and wonderful textures. So cool! Thanks for sharing it with us at Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges. hugs, Maura


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