Saturday, 9 February 2013

Steampunk Birthday Tag

What kind of tag would you give to a dear (male!) friend, who loves the Victorian Age as he loves roleplaying games located in the late Eightteenhundreds? Yesss, that definitely had to be a steampunk tag with lots of odd machines, gears and details to play around with. This one is the "practicing tag" I will keep to myself (I sometimes do "practicing tags" and a (maybe slightly different) copy after the's a good thing because you can choose afterwards which one to keep and which one to give away ;)

As the crew from Craft Stamper Magazine has just released their first "Take It, Make It challenge", this was the perfect occasion to try out their awesome "Faux Airbrushing" technique!!! Looks cool and is so much fun to do! (Hm, it seems I almost covered up all of the faux airbrushed background while playing around with lots of layers and embellishments...hope, the tiny spaces where it still can be seen make my entry good. At least I can offer some pics that show the tag in its various stages... ).

Here are some close-ups that should show the Faux Airbrushing I did on the background:

For the "airbrushing" I used a wonderful LaBlanche stencil  I got from SanDee (yes, the one who sent me that awesome goodie parcel! Great news: she now has a blog on her own! Go, visit SanDee's blog - there's some awesome Steampunk to be found!)

Here's how the tag looked in the beginning with just the Faux Airbrushing and some blending with Distress inks:

to the left the "airbrushed" tag with the LaBlanche stencil on white card, using DIs "chipped saphire", "faded jeans", "broken china", "shabby shutters" and "mustard seed".

To the right the tag after some blending and using another stencil with gears.

Maybe some of you have already spotted the fact that this tag is influenced by the february tag of Tim's "12 tags of 2013" ;)
Just love this tag with the embossing, the use of cord and embellishments, the layering and playful combination of textures!

The guy in the picture is a Mr. Pöschman from Vienna, whose image was on a legitimation card for the "K.u.K. Austrian State Railroads" from the year 1890. I found this card among the photos my Grand-Auntie left me and thought my ancestor fitted just perfectly.

Stamps used are Andy Skinner Texture stamps and stamps from the docrafts "Chronology" range. Gears were cut using Xcut dies. Hope you like the tag!

Thanks for your visit!

die amelie xx

I am entering Vintage Stamping Challenges with this tag, as they ask for "Blues, Browns & Beige".


  1. Awesome steampunk tag Claudia, one that your friend will love I am sure. All that yummy layering is just devine! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  2. So much to see on this tag and it is all interesting. Nice work!!

  3. Das ist so detailreich gestaltet - man kann es ganz lange anschauen und entdeckt immer wieder etwas neues! Einfach mega klasse!!!
    Einen schönen Sonntag wünscht dir Dagmar

  4. Can just about see the faux airbrushed background lol. I do just that Claudia, make a great background then I can't stop covering it within an inch of it's life.

    Whoever get's this tag will love it because of how amazing it is.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  5. Ein tolles collage tag, ich liebe es so viele Details zu entdecken.
    Schönen Sonntag,
    lG Anja

  6. Oh mein Gott - das ist ja atemberaubend schön. Also die Farbkombination liebe ich über alles. Aber dann noch alle details die man da entdecken kann. Eine absolute Augenweide!! So schöööööööööön !!!

    So lieben Dank, fürs "werbung" machen für meine Hompepage!
    Drück Dich ganz doll
    XOXO SanDee1899

  7. Steampunk in Perfektion. Was für eine tolle Farbkombination und sooo viele Details. Deine Nahaufnahmen sind eine Augenweide. Diese Gratulation findet sicher über Jahre einen Platz in Sichtweite (:o)

  8. The fabulous tag with so much attention to detail.

    Thanks so much sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping challenges.

    B x

  9. A great background for the layering...that is this look!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  10. Fantastic tag for a male friend. The background is awesome. Love all the details.

  11. Wieder mal ein absolut klasse Werk von dir!!!! Toll gestaltet!!!! Klasse, die ganzen Details!!!!


  12. Ohh what a stunning tag! Love the background a lot, but all the layers are just as pretty! Super! Hugs, Sandra

  13. Oh my goodness! This is a fabulous tag! I hope that magazine can be bought here in the US because I want to see how to do the faux airbrushing. The more I look at the tag, the more things I see! Awesome!

  14. Wowowowowow, das ist Steampunk in höchster Vollendung, liebe Claudia. Ich bin schwer beeindruckt und begeistert von dem Tag und Deinen anderen Werken natürlich auch.

    Schönen Sonntag noch

  15. What a fabulous tag. There's so much to look at without the tag looking crowded at all.

  16. Love this tag and all the gorgeous layers of embellishments too! ~Diane

  17. What a fabulous tag. I like that you felt you could cover your airbrush technique with blending and embellishments. I was so relieved when I eventually got a usable one I didn't dare do anything else to it!

  18. what a fab background you have created here and i love the layers and embellishments.

    Brilliant Steampunk piece.


    ANnie x

  19. Great tag! Loving all the different details :)

  20. what a fabulous tag with such yummy layers. thanks for all the detailed pics.

  21. Wie cool - ein wunderschönes Tag mit tollen Details, es gibt wirklich viel zu entdecken. Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei Flonz Craft Vintags Stamping Challenges.

  22. Wowowow!! Fantastic to have you back, especially with a complete joy like this! - I love every single element, and of course I love the colours, and it's all assembled with your usual style and skill - gorgeous!
    Alison x

  23. Ooo I love all that layering goodness. Your background is stunning. Thanks for entering the challenge with Craft Stamper.

  24. Fabulous tag, I'm sure your friend will love it! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper faux airbrush challenge!

  25. Beautiful brown and blues...fabulous layering and great details. A wonderful inky creation. Thanks for joining in with Craft Stamper. Sarah.

  26. Gorgeous! Love all the layers, so much detail! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge!


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