Crazy Dog on a Rusty Steampunk Tag


Are you following me on Instagram or Facebook? There you might have seen the results of all the rusting that I did using the Prima Marketing Finnabair rusting paste. Some of the die cuts were the Tim Holtz gears that I now wanted to use to create a rusty steampunk tag.

I started by trying one of the techniques Tim Holtz explains in his Creative Chemistry online course. I can’t remember the name anymore. It was the one where he painted the tag in some colors and added one of the metallic distress paints on top. Even though I didn’t like it too much, I wanted to give that tag one more chance on the next day. 😛

I added some white distress paint on top. That reduced the strange color a little bit. Now I played with some of the rusted gears and tried to figure out, how they could cover up some more areas. After adding some washi tape and adhering the first gears, I also wrapped a white ribbon around the tag. I was looking for a cute image to add as a focal point and finally chose one of the crazy dogs. The dog and the steampunk-style hat were colored with Copic markers. Since I have a Scan’n’cut, I let the machine do all the fuzzy cutting. 😛

At the end I adhered the hat to the dog, the dog to the tag and tied the bow. In addition, I colored the edges of the tag with black paint and smeared some black Gelato to the edges. I also added a few Nuvo and Enamel dots to the gears. Basically, this tag was a huge experiment. I just tried some techniques and liked the outcome enough to share it with you 🙂
I hope you like it as much as I do!

rusty steampunk tag

Here are some close-ups:
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  1. What a fabulous creation. He (and his expression) fit perfectly with those gears and cogs.

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