Friday 15 May 2015

Eyes Tested

Hi everyone!

     I am here with another challenge over at Sandee and amelies Steampunk Challenges 

Eyes Tested

I decided to make a tag for this and to experiment with inks for a background.

 For this tag I chose Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain distress inks. I used the blending tool like a stamp, inked it up and pressed it onto the tag. I 'stamped' lots of blocks of colour close together and sometimes overlapping. 

Then I spritzed it all with Copper Glimmer spray and let the colours run and merge

When dry I stamped the tag all over with a cracked paint stamp from the Andy Skinner industrial stamps 

 Then I splattered the tag with some Evergreen Bough Distress Paint

Then I stamped randomly with a french script stamp (that I found down the back of the stamp drawer while hunting for 'Eye' stamps)

A gears stamp from the Artistic Outpost set Industrial Backgrounds was used in the corner

 Then I began to stamp the eyes...various stamps were used inc -

Stampers Anonymous - Classics no 5
Flonzcraft - Gibson Girl 16 and Vintage Machines Engravings
Artistic Outpost - Generation Redux

 I stamped the eyes in Jet Black Archival ink and then cut then to size. I inked the card with Gathered Twigs DI and arranged them on the tag

I stamped the words "The Windows to the soul" on card and inked this with Gathered Twigs as well

I then stuck the words onto the tag and outlined them with Pumice Stone distress marker and added some rustic scribbled lines with a permanent fine tip marker

Dark brown hemp sting and a rusted rose was used to decorate the top of the tag

And so here it is - my 'Eyes Tested' tag.....

Hope I have inspired you to come along and dip your toes into some Steampunk....

Remember, if Steampunk isn't your usual style....we do love to see entries with just a hint of steampunk too!

Come over and see what the rest of the team have made to inspire you!

Happy Crafting!


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  1. Love your tag laura, The stamping and the colours used are very rustic and your rusted rose is amazing did you rust that? Really loving the drops of blue. x

    1. Hi Dee, Yes I did rust the rose. It is a Paperartsy rose that started out as grey plastic. The rust effect was created using rusting powder xxx

  2. Fabulous background, love the Evergreen bough splats. Fantastic use of eye stamps and i do like the stamped background very much :-) xxx

  3. WoW, such a lovely tag you made and so many details you add :-)) Fantastic work!
    Hugs, Andreja

  4. Die Augen sind der Spiegel der Seele, wunderbar umgesetzt, mir gefällt besonders die Kombination von Wort und Bild, das Farbkonzept und die tolle 'rusted rose'! (heute ausnahmsweise in dt., aber du hast ja eine perfekte Übersetzerin zu Besuch ;-) LG an euch beide, habt noch viel Spaß zusammen!! Kerstin xx

  5. I love it all but especially the rose
    Rosie x

  6. Laura, awesome tag! First, I love the saying you chose. Great step by step on how to do this! You created a luscious steampunk background, and the eyes, oh the eyes! I am impressed with all the eyes, and goggle girl is one of my faves!

  7. As soon as I saw the eyes I knew I loved this! Laura - n yep they truly are the windows to the soul . Fabulous tag, colours - love the touches of evergreen bough, the detail n adore the eyes n thought there are a few they work perfectly together . Very inspiring !

  8. This tag is wonderfully designed and what a nice surprise to see all the stamping! I just love your background work and colors. Awesome sauce! The sentiment is spot on for this tag!

  9. I simply adore this. The background is so interesting! I love how you've used such different images and made them all united. xx

  10. OK--I might be a little freaked out with all of these eyes staring back at me!! :) :) LOL :) :) I've now got an 80's song in my head..."I always feel like, somebody's watching meeeee!..." :) :) FABULOUS use of all of those eye images, Laura! And love that rusty rose you've topped the tag with! Just Gorgeous!! XOXO-Shari


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