Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A Rusty Gentleman

Hello everyone and welcome, lovely to have you here and a specially warm welcome to all my new followers both of Friends Connect and on Bloglovin. Please know you are all very much appreciated!!
Today I would like to share a tag with you
I have been wanting to take part in Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk challenge block for ages, but every month I seem to run out of steam (no pun intended). This month the theme is rust, and though all I have to offer is a humble tag, it's all about joining in the fun right? I know I never have the time to do big complicated assemblages and such, and my steam punk bits and pieces are also limited, but I love rusty things so I knew I had to play.
So, as you can see there are many layers to this tag, the background was embossed and painted with numerous colours of acrylic paint trying to resemble something rusty, aged and worn. I then added some rusty wire, another bit of embossed paper (the bit at the bottom, with a Sculpey Clay tile on top).
The embossed bit was actually layers and layers of toilet paper, torn to bits and put on an embossing folder, spritzt with water and then run through a diecut machine. It was left to dry overnight and then turns into something resembling paper clay, very cool! I learned this clever trick from my friend Rita. It was coloured with Distress Inks.
Other layers include a photo from one of the papers from Tim Holtz's French Industrial collection, a rusty heart, some rusted steampunky bits, a couple of chit chat stickers and a sentiment from a Donna Downey set stamped on a Tim Holtz tattered banner. All the raised bits were high lighted with various colours of Treasure Gold.


Finally I added some lace and more curly rusted wire and a flower for just a little bit of a feminine touch and there you have it.
I am adding this to Sandee and Amelie's challenge "It's all about Rust"
Thanks you so much for visiting and have a creative day!

51 comments:

sue morris said...

This is wonderful! Great job!

Susie Bentz said...

Love it! I pinned it!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Great men's tag, I love it I love the structure a lot!!

Greetings
Maria

artwolf2009 said...

I really love to come over to your blog, you always make such fabulous pieces

Margaret Mifsud said...

Love it!! You always put such a lot of detail into your creations Astrid, and your backgrounds are always so beautifully done. Wish I had your talent for colouring. (sigh) Totally amazing!! ox

Paula Whittaker said...

a wonderful crafted tag, lots of interest.

Marlies said...

A gorgeous tag! So many beautiful details to look at. Fab!! Marlies

chrissies said...

Terrific ideas on this wonderful tag. Everything comes together so well to end in a perfect finish

Chrissie x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolute 'Astrid Gorgeousness!',

Lucy x

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous rusted and antiqued layers Astrid, a wonderful steampunk tag.
hugs {brenda} x0x

ElizabethR said...

Gorgeous steampunk tag, fab textures. Elizabeth x

Marianne said...

Great tag. What a beautifull embellisments and details. I love it!!
xxx Marianne

Rita said...

How fantastic Astrid. Your tags are always so special, lots to take in and always with great techniques. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Heather Jacob said...

another piece of delish yummyness .... pure bliss Astrid ... thanks so much for your love and prayers ... we can do this I know it x Baden is feeling calm and positive x

Ros Crawford said...

Whenever I look at your creations ... I never see 'paper' your art is such that you totally transform everything into beautiful tactile objects and this is another masterpiece ... Wonderful tag!

Heather Rogers said...

Super men's tag Astrid! I had to laugh at your title I know a few 'Rusty Men'! LOL! I do love the Treasure Gold! It was you that introduced me to it!Thank you!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Redanne said...

Gorgeous tag Astrid with plenty of rusting and wonderful techniques. Love they clever layering and also that technique you learned from Rita too. Hugs, Anne x

Elly said...

I totally agree with Ros (:o)Yummy backgound and i have to try the tp embossing variation. Very cool (:o)

Klaudia/Kszp said...

Just gorgeous! Love it!

Aquarius said...

Well I wouldn't call this tag 'humble' it is fabulous with so much rusty and interesting detail - love it. Thanks for the close ups too and the explanations. Off to find some toilet paper!!

Dani Rogall said...

wondeful tag, i love the texture in your background.

inkypinkycraft said...

a really scrummy tag , love all the layers hugs trace xsorry about lack of comments , playing catch up..trace x hugs x

die amelie said...

Definitely a pin, Astrid! I LOVE your tag (and humble or not - I love tags in general ;).

That toilet paper clay trick is fantastic!! Will have to try this one myself soon!!! And your tag is a small space crammed with loads of awesome details and textures and colours...well, I could get lost in it - so it has to be great somehow ;)

A fantastic make! Thank you so much for joining us "chez SanDee&amelie's" !!

Hugs,
Claudia x

butterfly said...

Fabulous seeing you do Steampunk - I LOVE this tag, Astrid! The embossed loo roll panel is so cool - clever Rita! - and all the distressing and metal embellishments finish the whole thing perfectly.
Alison x

Paula Criações e Decorações said...

Amazing tag, so gorgeous, you're very talented! :)

Paula
http://pequenasmaravilhasdaartesa.blogspot.pt/

Marisa Job said...

You are the "Queen" of tags!!! This tag is another beauty!!!

Annie said...

Stunning tag Astrid, beautifully pieced together with lots of techniques, including toilet paper !

Best Wishes

Annie x

Anita Houston said...

Oh Astrid...this tag is AMAZING!!! Steampunky goodness abounds! I love the gent...he is fabulous looking! All of your metal bits and heart are perfect too, and what great vintage coloration! Marvelous layers!

Bärbel said...

Astrid, das ist ein wunderbares Tag und der Rost-Effekt ist großartig. Ich liebe die Gestaltung und die schönen Farben.

Kelly Neis said...

Love this tag and also the words I am fond of, sometimes it is true, everyday.
Have a fabulous day,
Kelly

Netty said...

Love your steampunky tag Astrid, Annette x

May said...

Fabulous steampunk tag... the background is amazing...The attention to detail is outstanding...Love the image too... Hugs May x x x

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous tag, love the feminine touches, the textures and layers look fantastic.
Tconne

Maryanne said...

I love this, Astrid! It's a great tag for a man. I especially love the technique with the toilet paper. I must try that!

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, what amazing tricks and ideas, making your tag, something gorgeous and very beautiful.
Love all your rustic background, and the fantastic layers, The embossed papers is looking marvelous, I just have to try that myself , thankyou so much for telling !
Also love the heart and flower ,making the handsome man, speak with his heart!!! A wonderful tag Astrid.
Hugs,Dorthe

Sandy said...

Well I am a rusty old lady so we would go well together! Delightful as always!
sandy

Terry said...

I love your rusted gentleman! Astrid, I am always amazed at the detail in everything you create! I love the rusted and steampunk feel! This is gorgeousness! Hugs!

Daniella said...

Hi Astrid! So happy to be visiting your blog!! You are an amazing artist! I made a steampunk tag and it looks like a child made it next to yours. I Love the toilet paper technique! I have to try that.
Keep being awesome! I will be back to visit often!!
xxDaniella

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Amazing tag with a wonderful rust effect!

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Wow, your Steampunk-Tag is gorgeous, Astrid

carole said...

I am a new subby and I think your work is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I was wondering, do you have a you tube channel? Let me know. I'd love to watch your vids. Carole

Buttons said...

I adore every inch of this Astrid. Oh to spend a day just watching you weave your magic. You have a way with colours and embossing that leaves me full of admiration and utterly inspired. Hugs, Jenny x

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh that is one gorgeous tag, Astrid! Love all the layering of course that fab texture.

Chris said...

Fantastic tag Astrid! I love the richness of colours and textures, touchy feely and really wonderful. Hope to join in this myself. Chris :-)

Dianne said...

Hello Astrid, 44 well deserved comments. NO ONE,,,, makes tags like you do, wow this looks fantastic even yummy with all those gorgeous browns and a touch of blue,hint of green. I love Rita's idea with the toilet paper,it turned out fantastic and very kool,it's a brilliant tag in all it's rust gloriousness.Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend...

Sandie Edwards said...

Another beautiful inspirational piece, wow Astrid ... each one you make is so different from the next and just stunning detail.

Närrin said...

Wow what a amazing wonderfull fantastic work!

greeting
Esther

WaldfrauAlexa said...

wow,this tag is really fantastic !!! great job

Monique said...

Love your rusty steampunk tag and the saying. I really like the idea of using the toilet paper this way. Very cool indeed. It looks great!
xx

Lillibelle said...

What a great STEAMPUNK- Tag with fantastic details Astrid!

Maura said...

Fabulous tag!!

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