Much excitement today with the second Compendium of Curiosities challenge over at Linda’s excellent Studio L3 blog, as we are using glitter, one of my favorite embellishments! As we follow along in Tim’s book, I have decided not to “peek ahead” to see what other techniques we’re going to do; I want to be surprised and approach each challenge with fresh eyes and no prior expectations.
I was stumped for awhile on how to theme my tag this time, but then ran across a small photo printout of one of my favorite images, which I like to call “Steampunk Sally.” (I have always loved her – wait for it – headgear!)
I know, sorry.
This tag is a veritable Tim Holtz Tribute Wonderland! I started by applying Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to the tag, then ran it through the Sizzix to add the cool embossed texture using his “Regal” texture fade. Used Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to highlight the texture and inked the edges with Vintage Photo. The gears were cut from black cardstock using a Tim die (but of course!), inked with Versamark and covered with Pearl-Ex interference colors: gold, red, blue and green. The gears were then covered with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint and sanded to reveal some of the metallic powder color beneath.
The wing is a grungeboard piece painted with Brushed Pewter; when that was dry, I added a layer of Broken China Distress Stain and then used Peeled Paint Distress Glitter on the raised areas. When that was dry, some areas were antiqued with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I highlighted some of the areas of the “headgear” with other glitters, notably Broken China, Tarnished Brass and Rusty Hinge. Finally, the ribbon was made with plain white seam binding dyed with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Steampunk to the max!
We’re having way too much fun over at Linda’s place; stop in if you get a chance, as there are two full weeks allotted to complete each challenge and plenty of time to get caught up. You can also find a coupon code to use at the Funky Junky Boutique, a great online shop that is co-sponsoring the challenge, and you also get to see how lots of other artists interpret each of the challenges. What’s not to love?