Friday 25 March 2016

…just before he went mad, you know…

I’ve got my March tag for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2016 to share today.

I’ve left this one almost to the last minute as I was a bit stuck for inspiration as my dies weren’t helping me for the main cut out on the textured surface.  But the cute bunny cookies at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie gave me the idea of a bunny and just hand cutting the image; I mean who hasn’t been stuck without the right cookie cutter and improvised with a knife freehand?  Figured paper had to be easier than cookie dough, right?  So off I went to Google to find a nice bunny silhouette I could cut by hand.  I found this very dapper bunny silhouette over at Ebot where it was posted for use by others.  Have to admit mine doesn’t look exactly the same, hand cutting corrugated box cardboard turned out to be hard going.

When it came to the layered die cut I was also in a bit of a bother as I don’t have Tim’s edgeless dies.  Got my thinking cap on and decided I wanted to give my tag a Steampunk twist.  The answer was, of course, gears for the die cuts and I found just the one in my collection, did some snipping and repositioning of part of it but achieved a look I was quite happy with.  As my die wasn’t edgeless I didn’t end up with the plain tag areas in Tim’s sample but I am glad I didn’t as it meant the bunny’s hat ended up showing the patterned paper and thus looking different to the bunny himself.

The colours I’ve used to colour up the layered die cuts are somewhat bright but also with a bit of a grunge element to bring it back to the Steampunk theme. To finish off I’ve added some metal embellies.  I don’t have the new Quote Bands and none of the Word Bands I have had a suitable quote so I went with some Chitchat Seasonal Stickers but mixed it up a bit by placing these on the bunny’s hat Mad Hatter style.

My Steampunk theme and grungy style choice was deliberate as I now have a very dapper Easter tag that will go out to a male friend of mine.  So much nicer than a compound chocolate egg and easier to get into the post too!  Being masculine and Easter themed I’m entering my tag in the current challenge over at The Male Room.

Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Memory Box Die ~ 99084 Steampunk Corner
Kaisercraft Pearls ~ Snowdrop coloured with YR07 Copic
Prima Ingvild Bolme Tiny Junkyard Findings ~ Tiny Clock Parts
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fastener ~ Washer
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Stickers ~ Chitchat Seasonal
Inks & Paints etc
Ranger ~ Multi Medium Matt
Corrugated Cardboard Scrap
FabScraps Shabby Chic ~ Romance
Ribbons & Trims etc
Darice Hemp Cord ~ Earthy Dark Green
Gear Print Cotton Ribbon from stash
The Male Room #31 ~ Easter
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 ~ March

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Super tag, very arty and great as a masculine project. Thanks for joining us at The Male Room
    Louise xx

  2. Wow! Awesome! Thanks so much for participating in our IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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