Friday 21 September 2012

Steam Punk Tag Swap with InkyPinky

Thank Crunchie it's Friday. First a big Hello and welcome and also a thank you for popping by.
 A little while back I was chatting with the very talented Trace from Inky Pinky Craft, go have a look at her blog if you do not know who I am talking about, and we decided to do a tag swap, Trace set the Theme 'Steam Punk' and earlier this week we both received our tags.
I really enjoyed the whole swap experience but have to admit to being nervous swapping with Trace as her work is brilliant.Having said that I am actually really pleased with the way my tag turned out, being steam punk it cried out for Andy Skinner techniques in abundance so I threw a few at this project.I started with a tag cut from mount board using the Tim die cut, this was embossed with the diamond plate folder and then given a rust treatment, I then used a different worn metal look for the main image,its meant to look like chipped/scraped tin. The stamp is from Oxford Impressions.I used some embellishments from Tim Holts, The tap and sentiment, the
little cogs are from the bead shop in Brighton. they were all given an aged copper   patina finish to give a little colour contrast.
I am really liking using mount board  over normal card at the moment as it gives a better base for paining and also gives extra depth.
The ATC image was stuck on with double sided pads to lift it from the surface of the tag.

Now here is Trace's tag. Its absolutely brilliant,I love it all, The embossing folder is one of my faves, it really lends it's self to the steam punk theme.What you can't see from the main pic is the crackle texture on the light bulb and all the curled bits of wire that have been attached. Also the wing nut for the eyelet is genius, really cool.
If you click on the smaller picture you should see what I am talking about with the bulb.
The Monty Python hand image has been curled so it is proud of the tag, great little details.
If you look on Trace's blog you will see more about her tag and some other projects that are inspirational.
Also look at all this stuff Trace put in as well, talk about being spoilt ;) loads of die cut cogs and some brilliant embellishments, charms and keys.
A big Thank You from me Trace, I cant wait till the next swap,   something spooky maybe? ;)  stay tuned for swap 2 lol

Also a big thank you to everyone who stops by and leaves comments, It really does mean a lot xx

Right over at Poisoned Peas Please they have a Steam Punk challenge which is mighty convenient ;)
And Anything But A Card have a texture challenge running.
I would also like to enter this into a new challenge blog called Steam Punk Junkies their challenge is Time Travel/Anything Goes.


  1. your tag is amazing and your creativity shines through! thanks I LOVE it and had a fab time, your tag is full of amazing talent and you have rocked the techniques!!! I will treasure it! thanks and here's to another tag swap really soon! trace x

  2. WOW! How gorgeous! Both tags are fabulous and the techniques outstanding. How lucky (and talented) you are. xxD

  3. You were obviously paying attention when doing the Time Worn course, your tag looks fab as does Tracie's. Sorry for not replying to your comment re Andys class, cannot find your email, but answer is yes if you mean the 7th. Love francesca

  4. Woah! They're both absolutely stunning! Couldn't decide ... great techniques, absolutely great work.
    Suzanne xx

  5. WOW, WOW, WOW, Mark, AmAzing tags, I have come over from Trace's blog to have a closer look at your fabulous creation... It's Fantastic love the textures & elements, the rust effect is Brilliant... simply outstanding.. Hugs May x x x

  6. OMG...what a breathtaking swap. I'm so glad that i did the first one with you, because now..i would wet my pants (:o))

  7. Wow, both a great tags, love the paint effects, looks just like worn, aged metal....who'd have thought it was just mount board? Brilliant.


  8. All that aged and rusted "metal" is fantastic.I love what you have created with so much texture and vitality. Thank you for joining in at ABAC Challenge your art is wonderful.

  9. Hi Mark, both tags are just amazing, you are both so talented and I love to see your work. Great swap, look forward to seeing what you do with the next one. Thank you for your kind wishes Mark. Starting to feel much better now. Regards, Anne x

  10. Absolutely GORGEOUS! So stunning. Thanks for joining us at ABAC this week :) :)

  11. Your tag is fantastic! I tend to be drawn to vintage/antique styles and LOVED the rust finish with the weathered tin! The patina on your accent pieces were the icing on the cake!! Thanks so much for joining us at ABAC!

  12. Oh Mark your Tag is truly divine!! I love it! Love all your aging effects your cogs, love the metal "enjoy the journey" tag. Awesome back ground! Tracey's Tag is beautiful also!! Great job, and thanks for sharing with us at PPP#7 for our Steampunk challenge!
    (PPP DT)

  13. Mark~Aren't you here in TX where I can come take lessons from you? This tag looks awesome. Thanks for joining us on Poisoned Peas Please Steampunk Challenge. I hope you will join us on our next challenge. Good Luck~Patti PPP DT

  14. Fabulous- again I could sit and admire your tag and Trace's for ages! I am going to have to check out this Andy Skinner person. Ha and he just commeted above me! too funny. Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card!

  15. What a fantastic swap - they're both just brilliant!
    Alison x

  16. wow, the tags are awesome!! both!! looking really forward to the next tags and/or next projects!

    and if you are searching for another one to swap tags or ATCs (?) I would be really happy ;) :D

  17. thanks for your reply on my blog ... I haven't found any contact informations on your page so perhaps you could write me an e-mail (you can find my mail-adress on the sidebar of my blog)
    so happy that you recognized my name on the tando blog :)

  18. Mark, I am so friggin' jealous! I totally LOVE your steampunk tag! It's just amazing! Love how you rusted and patina finished Tim's faucet knob...well, all of the ideaology pieces you've used on it! Just amazing and beautiful work! Thank you so much for the very nice comment you left on my blog about the Ranger feature. I am so stoked about it and being featured with Kaz! She's such an amazing talent!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your steampunk tag and all of your work, my friend! I can't wait for Andy's next class to get rolling! <3 Candy

  19. Such a marvellous swap, Trace and Mark!!!!

    Both tags are so stunningly beautiful!

    Greetings from Vienna,
    die amelie x

  20. I saw these tags on Trace's blog and thought how fab they both were! Love all the 'Andy' techniques you've used and great idea with those cogs from the bead shop - I'm in Brighton on sunday so I hope it's open!! Great texture and composition Mark and the extra's are perfectly chosen. Glad you entered this at ABAC and make sure you come back again please!

  21. Mark,
    I love both of your tags..your techniques are wonderful and the out come is marvelous.thanks for playing with us at poisoned peas please.
    susan s

  22. Great. I love the gears and ages look. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.

  23. AWESOME SP Tag!!! I would so love to know how you made the "rust" and the "patina"!! AWESOME stuff :) (love what you rec'd as well!
    Thanks for joining us at Poisoned Peas please!
    Susan G (DT)

  24. That's wonderful! Love your rust and patina work! Thanks for playing along with us at Poisoned Peas.

  25. Awesome. That rusty yag is genius for this challenge. The hot air balloon was the perfect touch with this tag. Thanks for sharing your creative tag.
    Christine Dt at PPP

  26. Fantastic !! love both tags ! Love all the textures ! ... Thank You for joining us over at Steampunk Junkies :o)) x

  27. this is amazing!
    thank you for joining in the challenge at steampunk junkies!
    Debbi x

  28. Fabulous - that really looks like rusted metal and what a super tag in return :-) Thank you for joining us at Poisoned Peas Steampunk Challenge :-)