Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Men Men Men Men Manly Men....

This blinkin' tune has been going round and round in my head as I made this tag, and I  really DON'T like this programme (Two and a Half Men) either with Charlie Sheen or without him lol.
It's Gabrielle's turn to set the menu for this fortnights TIO recipe, and she's chosen Industrial Chic. This means clockwork/cogs, vintage brown, industrial imagery, and at least 1 real stamp.
I started by breaking out my PaperArtsy Metal on card, and running it through a Timmy embossing folder. This has then been dabbed, splodged and squirted with alcohol inks in Expresso, Caramel, and Ginger.
If you look closely you can see where I have stamped 'Thingamajig' in Archival, then rubbed it off again so that it removes the AI's. 
The Scrollswork stamps have been stamped on some of Tim's Distressables, embossed and cut or torn out. I've embossed the edges with Distress Embossing Powder (I had to blow the dust off this first), but it does kind of fit in with the rusty old industrial feel to this.
The big cog has also been embossed in the DEP's in green first, then brown on top.  I love the sandpapery feel to this.
The smaller one was painted in acrylics in black, orange and brown to try and give it a rusty look. The green and the gold one (needed to use a bit of colour by now) have been stamped and UTEE'd.
I've added a few screw brads, cogs, and the odd propeller, then some manly ribbon to finish off. 
I've really enjoyed using stash that has literally been sat in a tub for years along with the new stuff.
Thanks very much for the recipe Gabrielle, this one was great fun to make. Please have a peek at the TIO blog and join us in making a tag.
I'm entering it into the following challenges, 
Artful Times - Men
The Stampman - Make It For A Man
Simon Says Stamp And Show - Anything Goes.
The Crafty Pad - Lets Hear It For The Boys
My Mojo Monthly - Man Up
Thanks very much for looking x


  1. Lurve that base metal effect ;) Great tag
    xoxo Sioux

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous background and a fab tag! Elizabeth xx

  3. I love the steampunk/vintage style of your tag. An awesome creation.
    Thanks for entering the Crafty Pad challenge.


  4. Great tag, love the heavy metal, manly look,, but I don't like that song! Hugs, Valerie

  5. It's the first time I have seen that folder Sue it's brill !!! it was made for your tag :) which by the way is stunning !
    Thank you for sharing with us at Artful Times
    Von x♥x

  6. This is fab ,the background with the alcohol inks is great!!! Hugs trace x

  7. Fabulous tag Sue, love that background. Don't think I've seen that embossing folder, which one is it please? Those inks look brilliant and it's finished off perfectly.

    Sam - Artful Times xxx

  8. Terrific tag Sue and the background is amazing, x

  9. cool back ground very industrial looking. Love your tag very beautiful

  10. oh wow Hun,this is brilliant just love that metal base wow its effective,hugs Cherylxxxxx

  11. Fabulous tag.. Love the background and textures.. love the metal feel... Brillant, Hugs May x x

  12. Terrific tag and the background is amazing-so clever.


  13. Wow! Fabulous tag. I have some of the PaperArtsy metal on card, now I NEED the TH embossing folder as well - love the effect you got.

  14. Very cool tag! I love the metal background and the alcohol inking! It looks amazing! I also like your design that you've used to create such a cool tag! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  15. Love that metal effect - makes for a gorgeous background and industrial look. Your tag looks fabulous - great embellishments too
    Thanks so much for joining in with My Mojo Monthly and for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show.. Sarah

  16. How cool, that's a breathtaking tag - wonderful texture and elements.

  17. I absoulutely LOVE the colour work on this tag it is totally fantastic - love it and want it! Cx

  18. This is wonderful - I love the truly industrial background and I wish I'd made it! Thank you so much for being so inspirational with my recipe! I'm bowled over!

  19. Wowsers! I love your tag!Thanks for playing in the Let's Hear It For The Boys Challenge at The Crafty Pad this week!
    Check back on Thursday to see if you're a lucky winner or one of our top picks!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  20. Love the tag as a whole but love that embossing folder - will have to look for that one.
    Great use of all those elements.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Artful Times - Hugs, Neet xx


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