Sunday 10 March 2013

How Time Flies

    This is for a new challenge blog that's just started this month, SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenges. As you can tell by the title it's a steampunk site which I am SO pleased about, there are very few steampunk challenges around so a dedicated blog is fantastic news. This month it's cuckoo clocks.
   I began with a white tag which I coloured using Distress Inks Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge, then I spritzed it with water and blotted off. I have a border mask of cogs which I put down the side and coloured over with more Distress Ink Rusty Hinge. I have used a crackle stamp on the opposite side in Archival Ink Coffee. The Coffee brown stamped cogs are a stamp from Inkadinkado - Steampunk. The chimney is also stamped in Coffee brown with a stamp from Eco-Green Crafts - Steampunk Accessories 1. The tag is edged with Distress Ink Aged Mahogany to darken it a little.
   The gold cogs are die cut using DoCrafts die - Chronology Cogs in patterned mirri card and fastened on to the tag with big brass effect paper fasteners from the office supply shop.
    The cuckoo clock is cut from greyboard and coloured with Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy and then stamped with the crackle stamp in Coffee brown, it also has a small die cut hole for the cuckoo backed with black card. The roof is another piece of greyboard coloured with Distress Ink Forest Moss and mounted with foam pads. There are two charms on chain hanging from the bottom of the clock fixed with tiny brads. The clock is mounted on foam pads on the tag so the charms hang free.
   The clock face is from the same Inkadinkado stamp set as the cogs but stamped on white card and embossed in gold. I stamped them twice so that I could cut and layer the wings.
   The cuckoo is cut from greyboard and triple embossed with UTEE. The first two layers were clear and the last layer was gold and copper. I inked up the cog stamp with Coffee brown before heating the last layer and then while it was still soft stamped into it to get the texture.
   There are two copper eyelets  near the top and it is finished off with a gold edged copper crinkled ribbon.
   I have really enjoyed making this tag for the challenge and now I'm planning what I could make for the 3D section too. I love this style and find it much easier than making cute cards...must be the tomboy in me!!


  1. What a brilliant tag, Rocky!

    Love all the stamped crackles, the cogs, the UTEE embossed birdie and especially the chimney and the two eyelets for embellishments. There went a lot of thought and very well crafting into this Steampunk tag - a stunning piece!

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk challenges!


    Claudia x

  2. Amazing, just love your creation - wonderful - such a lot of details. WOW!
    XOXO SanDee

  3. Great tag and I love the molten look of the birdie!

  4. Your Cuckoo Clock is absolutely stunning! Love all the details!

  5. wow wow wow - a great artwork - fantastic!!!

  6. What a fabulous cuckoo clock tag... love it all, but especially the bird ..Gill x

  7. That is a beautifull tag and I love the little birdy. Do you let it cool a little before you stamp in the embossing? Or do you have to be really fast and stamp right after heating? (still new at this all...)

    1. You need to be quite fast Monique. Ink up your stamp before you even start to heat the last layer, then as soon as all is melted put down the heat gun and grab the stamp while the embossing powder is still soft and stamp into it. Rubber stamps are OK with this but some polymer stamps don't like it much. Have fun playing.


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