5 September 2012

In a Heartbeat

This fortnight's challenge at Dragons Dream Tag It On was chosen by the lovely Trace who chose the theme "In a heartbeat" which is to include a beating heart, a weathered timepiece, a bit of grunge (plus the obligatory use of at least one stamp and for it to be on a tag).
I wasn't really sure how to make a beating heart but into my head popped the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz who was given a clockwork heart and so I've made my version of that! The cogs, heart and frame of the Studio 490 pocket watch Art Part all had metal tape on them with Alcohol Ink over the top and two layers of clear UTEE. The base of the pocket watch was painted white, had Vintage Photo Distress Ink rubbed over the top with Black Soot Distress Ink on the edges. I stamped the watch face over the top and then added a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint. Once that was dry (as in the photo) I added the frame and then filled in the clock face with a layer of Glossy Accents. 
They were all attached to some garden wire that I fashioned into a tag shape (with a little sari ribbon tied to the top too!). I added Alcohol Ink to the frame first giving it an aged patina but I'm not sure you can see this in the photos so you'll just have to trust me! I couldn't decide if the clock should have hands or not... I decided that if it's a weathered timepiece then they have probably fallen off...!!!
The words are from Tim Holtz' Chit Chat stickers but the word 'Mechanical' is part of a PaperArtsy stamp. 
I really enjoyed this challenge and hope that you feel inspired to play along too!
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15 comments:

CraftygasheadZo said...

Clever you, it's fab! I love it, the cogs and heart are genius. Take care Zo xx

ElizabethR said...

Fantastic I love the beating heart, think I overdit the grunge on mine lol. Elizabeth :) xxx

Redanne said...

Wow Gabrielle, this is absolutely stunning, the heart really pops and I love the wire for the tag, it is all - brilliant. A x

Helen said...

Well done you, I just ignore the "beating" bit....

Happycrafter Shell said...

This is amazing!! It would be great if you would like join our challenge over at http://tuesdayalchemy.blogspot.co.uk/ with this fabulous piece
*hugs* Shell xx

Michaela said...

Hi Gabrielle
This is stunningly breath taking piece. I ADORE IT!! Every element is just perfect. You brought it to life and gave it a pulse. Well done.
Michaela xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Out for the weekend and very busy the last two days I'm catching up today.
You've been very creative the last few days and all of your pieces are fantastic.

Von said...

Love the openess of the wire for your tag and the way it pulls all the eliments together:)
Von x☺x

May said...

Brilliant tag love the wire background.. great textures.. love it!! Hugs May x x x

Gillian .... said...

Bravo my lovely, this is genius ... be still my beating heart. <3 x

Alison said...

Brilliant piece, so inspiring! xx

inkypinkycraft said...

What a fab tag, love how you have placed it all on wire! Trace x

isisimaginings.com said...

Oooh, lots of lovely metally goodness! It's gorgeous.

monique said...

Wow amazing brilliant idea to use the metal as a tag love all the cool stuff on this one

butterfly said...

The mesh tag is a fantastic idea - perfect grunge for the recipe... what a glorious piece!
Alison x