Sunday, July 07, 2013

It's a Man's World

Well, the Purple Team are up to bat this week at Eclectic Ellapu. It's Jacki's turn to host and she has chosen the theme "It's a Man's World". Like many people, the ideas don't come as quickly or freely when I need to make a masculine themed project so this was a good challenge for me. I decided to create a vintage themed #10 size manila tag this time. I like the extra real estate it gives me since it is approximately 4" x 8" in size.

 I began by applying Versamark to Just Rite's Vintage Map Collage background stamp and pressing it onto the middle section of the tag. Clear detail embossing powder was sprinkled over the Versamark and then heated. Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain Distress inks were applied to the entire tag with felt applicators and then the embossed parts were cleaned off so that the manila showed through. The tag was then flicked with water to create the water drop spots and heat dried.

 A scrap of Graphic 45 's A Proper Gentleman paper was adhered to the bottom of the tag and a thin strip of black cardstock separated the stamped portion from the top of the tag.

The gentleman and his baggage were fussy cut from an Artchix Studio collage sheet, matted in black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape to add dimension. The subway sign is an internet image, matted in black cardstock, and held up by an Idea-ology memo pin.

Below the bag, a length of washi tape was glued to the patterned paper and an Idea-ology token which says Journey was attached to the tag with a Bo Bunny brad.

Three metal gears from my stash were Glossy Accented to the top portion of the stamped section and a pocket watch sticker was adhered overlapping the top two. Small black cardstock circles were cut in two and glued  next to the thin strip above our gentleman's head. Three black half pearls were used to balance the upper right side.

An Idea-ology clasp was attached to a length of gold chain which had been "tarnished" with copper alcohol ink. Eight large beads were threaded over the chain and a key charm became the stopper on the end to keep the beads from falling off. Perhaps the key unlocks the man's baggage. I'll leave you to decide if he is arriving or departing...and is it business or pleasure that causes him to travel. He's quite a dapper fellow...will someone be waiting for him? I'm sure he has a story to tell.

Thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate your fine company. Should you feel so inclined, pop by the Eclectic Ellapu blog to see what Jacki and the rest of my purple teamies have created for It's a Man's World. You won't be disappointed :) Come join in the fun!

Life is good; so is art.


Words and Pictures said...

What a fantastic masculine tag - completely love that background - fabulous!
Alison x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

WONDERFUL manly make! I love the images so! The little topper at the top is a cool touch too! Love the dangly chain as well! Just most excellent!

ParkNSlide said...

Love that map collage stamp and the background you created.

Redanne said...

Well you certainly came up with a brilliant idea for this tag Bonnie, I love how you brought all the elements together so beautifully. He is very dapper and the chain looks amazing too. Anne x

Tracy said...

Very manly if I say so myself. LOL That background stamp is awesome. Perfect backdrop for this dapper gent. Hugs!

purplecinn said...

This is awesome Bonnie! I thought the stamped and embossed section was pp til I read your instructions! :) - Purple