So Suzy Stamps Featurette: Steampunk

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Tags & ATC's 

By now you probably have a pretty good feel for each of the design team's style and you know I am a Vintage girl. Vintage is a big part of Steampunk, so you can say I was more than thrilled when Suzy asked me to put together a Steampunk Featurette. So lets have some fun!

Tags and ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) are very fun to make. They are great additions to cards as well as on their own. When I am experimenting,  I make my own Tags and ATC's by cutting up manila file folders. As we all know, new techniques don't always work out the first time, so doing this helps keep costs down.

For my first tag, I started by adding some alcohol ink to  some Texture Paste and mixing it in until I had the desired color. I then stenciled the bottom portion of my tag using the Gears Stencil. I had a sticker pack from Momenta that worked great for this theme. They were Autocollant stickers and gave the tags a 3-D affect. 

I stamped my balloon image using the Vintage Balloon stamp onto Kraft card stock, then re stamped it on some Graphic 45 Designer Paper. I cut out the top portion of the Vintage Balloon and adhered it using foam dots. 

From there it was just a matter of adding some gear shifts and metal objects that I found. There are several Tim Holtz items that work well from his Idea-ology collection as well as as well as the Spare Parts collection.

Layering and layout is a big part of making Tags. I often times layout my stamps and embellishments ahead of time until I get the desired look.  As you can see above, I originally put the Dream sentiment up on top, but then later decided after I added my ribbon, that it worked better down below.

The base of my tag was created using designer paper from a 6.5" x 4.5 paper pad by DCWV called Tattered Time. I added Rub ons from Tim Holtz  and some metal gears and charms. 

The Dream sentiment and Bi Plane images were stamped onto Kraft card stock and adhered to the Tag using foam dots. I stamped the Armillary Sphere directly to the tag and embossed to make it look like part of the background.

An ATC is a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" card that Artist create and trade with other Artists. I like them as they make great center focal points for cards and projects. I started this one by stenciling some texture paste onto my ATC using the Time Travel Stencil. Because there is so much layering involved, I recommend that you DO NOT adhere anything until you have your layout planned.

I always have a focal point, and in this case it is the Armillary Sphere stamp (one of my favorites.) The horizontal paper on the top is from the Tattered Time paper collection. I had some black and white checkered washi tape I put on the right side and the other elements are rub ons from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection. 

I added a couple of metal objects and and my ATC was complete.

Next week I will share with you some of the projects I created using these tags and ATC. 

Hope to see you then!

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  1. Wonderful tags. Great steampunk look. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Cuttlebug Mania!

  2. What gorgeous tags! Great explantion of your process, makes me think I could do it!You make steampunk seem easy, when we all know it is more difficult for some than others. Thanks for sharing with us at Loves Rubberstamps, hope you'll join us again soon.

  3. These are all great. Love all the techniques and embellishments. Thanks for playing along with our distress it challenge at Little Red Wagon.

  4. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing at CIO for our Anything Goes Challenge. Lisa DT

  5. Great tags

    Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

  6. Brilliant steampunk tags. Love to read all the details.


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