Monday 17 June 2019

Step Back In Time...

Happy Monday friends...

Hello everyone and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week our theme is called Transport It and we would love for you to join us and play along.

For my project, I chose to take you on a step back in time ~ please say hello to the professor, a man who has invented a time machine that will transport him on adventures, near and far!
So, let's get started and let me transport you through how I created this tag...

To begin with I covered a medium Etcetera Tag with paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash. I adhered the paper onto the tag using Matte Collage Medium and then sealed it with Vintage Collage Medium.
I wanted to create a really rusty, crusty look to the edges of the tag and I started by adding some Crackle Paste. I applied the paste using a palette knife and just adding it around the edges, spreading some of the paste inwards. Allow the paste to dry and the crackles to appear and then to accentuate the cracks, I used Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon which I scribbled onto my glass mat and then picked up with a wet brush to apply it to the crackles, allowing the colour to sink in. Moving onto the next step, I added the rust and for this I used Ranger Ink's Embossing Dabber and just applied it randomly around the edge of the tag before sprinkling some of Seth Apter's Chunky Rust Embossing Powder over the top and heating it with a heat gun.

Once I was happy with the rusty edge, I ran the Gathered Twigs and Black Soot Distress Crayons around the outside, blending out the colour with your fingertip.

After attaching the hole reinforcer to the top of the tag, I now have my base ready to decorate...

For the next stage, I added some layers onto the tag to add some depth to the finished project. I used some ephemera pieces from the Keepsakes and Remnants Layers Pack, together with some Design Tape from the Elementary collection. I adhered these to the central area of the tag using Matte Collage Medium, adding some depth of colour around the edges with the Pumice Stone Distress Crayon.

Moving on to the next layer, I added a selection of gears ~ the majority of the gears are all die cut from chipboard, covered with Metal Foil Tape and cut using the Sizzix Industrial Die by Tim Holtz. Once I had my gears cut, I then inked them with Alcohol Inks; Mushroom, Gold Mixative and Patina applied to the metal gears using an alcohol applicator tool.

Attach the gears to cascade across the tag from top to bottom, adding some Kaisercraft Wooden Cogs into the mix, which I painted with a combination of Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze and Evergreen Bough Distress Paints.

We're now ready to introduce the star of the show, the professor and his time machine!
To begin with I stamped the professor, his top hat and the propeller onto some Mixed Media Heavystock card and watercolored them with Distress Marker Pens. I then fussy cut each of the images and built up my professor, placing the top hat and propeller on his head.
Moving onto building his time machine, I used the Voltage Die from Tim Holtz and die cut all the elements on the die from thick chipboard. I then primed each of the pieces with gesso.

To add the vintage paint work to the bolts, base and the circular section of the voltage meter, I used the combination of Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze, Evergreen Bough and Rusty Hinge, applying each layer of paint individually, heat drying between applications and just building up the colour and the texture! There is no paste, nothing on this piece ~ just paint!
I adhered all the die cut pieces into place and then added some silver metallic kraft stash card into the window. For the date on the dial, I attached my painted dial piece onto the metal window and then used some Remnant Rubs from my stash to add the year, 1890.

As a finishing touch on my 'time machine', I added some shattered mica and placed this onto the window section of the meter, attaching it with Collage Medium.
Attach the pointer needle, coloured with Candied Apple and Black Soot Distress Paint to complete the time machine before adding a Hardware Head as the finishing touch.
Now all that's needed is to build up the layers and dimension to bring this time traveller's story to life...
Attach the 'time machine' over the top of the gears, placing the professor onto foam pads for dimension and attaching him to the right of meter, adding an arrow adornment directly beneath him.
For the final details on this tag, I added some hardware heads, a combination of metal ones and some of the die cut ones that come from the Voltage die and placed these onto the gears.

Finally, I adhered a star adornment, painted with Candied Apple Distress Paint....
...and a quote chip, 'Wander'.

So that completes this week's project, which hasn't been the easiest to photograph ~ the glare of the mirrored dial, the shine of the gears and the mica all made this piece a little challenging...sometimes these photos take longer to get right than the actual project, lol and I won't tell you how many I took!!! But I hope I've managed to show all the detail and you will be inspired by this piece or some of the techniques I've used!

Have fun creating your projects and don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today and hope to see you again soon, love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: The ProfessorMedium Etcetera Tag
Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Voltage, Industrial
Distress Paint: Black SootEvergreen Bough, Antiqued Bronze, Walnut Stain, Ground EspressoCandied Apple, Rusty Hinge


  1. Emma, I love the professor, you have used him so beautifully - the propeller on his hat looks fabulous, as does the crackle around the edges of the tag. Love the colours you achieved on the meter too! A wonderful project. Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Oh my goodness how fabby is this!! Transported back in time!! absolutely brilliant and so well done! LOVE it :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  3. Love all the grungy, rusty goodness you added to the Professor and his Time Machine...simply love it!

  4. Loving every tiny little bit you added to this amazing tag. It's absolutely brilliant!

  5. Your projects always make me go ohhh and ahhh! I am in love with the finishes you created on the tag as well as the gears! It’s so fabulous with the time traveling professor! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents xxx

  6. Love, love, love your time traveler, Emma!!

  7. A grungy , steampunky dose of fantastic creativity, Emma. Your idea, composition and execution as always are excellent resulting in a super impressive piece of Art .

    Apologies for being so late in stopping by - the clocks ticking faster than I'm able to keep up at the mo . Also took a tumble the other day which delayed me further .
    Hope you are doing ok
    Big hugs x

  8. Wow!! Awesome piece. Your technique for making everything so rustic is incredible. I love Mixed Media, but little experience with it.


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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