Sunday 27 January 2013

Anything But A Card

Happy Sunday everyone and as always a great big thank you for stopping by. Today its time for my DT piece for Anything But A Card we are having a Tie It Up Challenge so head on over to see what the awesome DT have made for your viewing pleasure.It would also be great to see as many of you taking part as possible.
Today I have a couple of projects, first up is this rusty tag, I used some mount board and my Tim Holtz Tag die and then used the on the edge cogs die, it was then run through a diamond plate embossing folder and finished with a rust technique I learnt from Andy Skinner.
I then made an ATC with an image from Nice Crane Designs, I was lucky enough to receive a comment last week asking if I would like to choose one of their digi packs, after looking at what they had to offer , and there are loads of great digi packs, I went for the steam punk set. Definitely worth checking them out,there are lots of Alice in wonderland and Wizard of Oz, also some great Oriental images, more toppers or back ground papers but beautiful vintage designs.
Again the ATC was cut from mount board,the balloon was  painted with Distress inks and then covered with glue n seal to act as a resist, the bg was then inked up with vintage photo and walnut stain. eyelets were added to the corners and holes punched into the tag so I could tie my ATC to the tag with a leather thong. the steam punk automation is from Paper Artsy and coloured with Distress inks and he has just been tucked behind the ATC. To finish off I added the Journy plate and some Ideology  keeping with a travel type theme.
 I would also like to share this little folding book that I made yesterday in a craft class at my local store. I don't do much straight paper crafting so this was great fun to learn and something I will definitely be using again as it is very versatile, to keep in theme I have tied it all together with a leather thong,
here are the rest of the pics.

It has lots of fold out flaps and little pockets for adding notes or photos etc, mine has been left blank for now but I think I will be making another one this week.I will post more about this in the week after I have had a chance to make one with my own choice of papers etc.
 Thanks again for stopping by and I hope to see as many of you as poss over at Anything But A Card there is still one more week to take part.


  1. Absolutely an amazing Steampunk ATC Mark, love the shaped tag, and all over how you color my balloon pict. you did such a supberb work here,,, thanks for your comments to my products,,,so i am offering for free any product from my Wizard of Oz Collection,,,,,,,let me know,,,,,,wichi is your fav one,,,,,,and enjoy playing,,,,, my friend. I´ll post this great work alsoin my blog,,,woww,,woww,,

  2. Hi Mark, great tag! I love the cog detail along the bottom. I had a little go at the challenge today! Looking forward to seeing your own version of the folding book project, Claire x

  3. Hi Mark, I love your steampunk piece, the Nicecrane images are gorgeous (have not used mine yet) and you have put them together so well - it's beautiful. Really like the folding book you made too, will be good to see it with your own choice of papers too. Anne x

  4. Hi Mark. Great tag and use of ATC on it. Love the colours and the rusted effect. Folding book is fab. I can see many uses for it. Love the papers you have used, but it will be interesting to see how different it could look, when you have used your choice of papers. Have a great week. Cheers, Di

  5. I lve rusty design againstvthe designs youbhave used, a really fab fab make, love it! Trace x thanks forthe lovely comment on my step by step x

  6. Glorious ATC, love the colouring on the balloon. And the folding book is a fantastic idea, I can see lots of uses for it. Must have been a brilliant class. Thanks for sharing :) Px

  7. Totally love the colours you have going on the tag/ATC there - and they look just fabulous against the brilliant textured rust background. Love that man stamp - is he a TH?

    Great looking little album too - love all those flaps and tags...
    Alison x

  8. Great tag, I do like the images from Nicecrane. The edge die is brill not one that I have. Love Francesca

  9. The textures and colours that you used for you tag are terrific Mark. I am trying to make rust ha ha right now but not feeling happy! The little flap beeok is quite intriguing too. I can see so many ways that you could use it. Looking foward to seeing what you do!

  10. Love the rusty tag (of course!) and the steam punk man is one of my favourites - never coloured him though and love the effect. The NiceCrane design on the ATC is fab - need to take a look over there!
    Love your paper crafting book has potential and I would love to have a go at one of those.

  11. Brilliant!!! Love both, mark!

    Perfect crafting and such an awesome tag!!!

    Claudia x

  12. Love them both. The fold out pocket thing is seriously brilliant. Would be excellent as an alternative to a card for putting money in. How did you stick down the pockets? x

  13. Your tag is marvelous and I love the rusty background!! The flap book is pretty cool too. It would be great for quotes, a mini album, or just experimenting with different much potential!