Monday, 8 July 2013

Mail Train

My friends at FSC have a great challenge going on which is ‘Mail Time’ which is anything to do with postage, so I went off at a bit of a tangent and produced this tag.
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The background started with dips into left over inks from my current give-away book and then I blended some milled lavender, victorian velvet and dusty concord distress inks through it. The background stamp is from the Tim Holtz Classic #3 set and has the word ‘Letters’ across the middle so I thought that would be very appropriate and as I was looking through my TH stamp sets I saw the train from the Travel Ways set and my brain made the connection – letters and trains = the Mail Train.
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I had a small piece of glassine paper on my desk so I stamped it on, heated it to embed the ink into the paper and used distress markers to colour it up. I used pumice stone, antique linen and picket fence. At first the white was far too vibrant so painted water over it and dabbed it off with kitchen roll and it dried a lighter tone, much better this way.
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Some tissue tape, the postage stamp from Tim’s Tiny Things set and some other embellishments to add design interest.
The attachment to the ribbon is a small button I picked up at a car boot sale some time ago. I was told by the stall holder it was a railway badge possibly given to the driver or staff. It was bright yellow so it’s been altered with distress paints and onyxite treasure gold – as was the metal number 8.
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So no longer being a DT member at FSC means I can now enter their challenges. Thanks for this one girls.
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Well the weather is just wonderful here in the UK, gorgeous sunshine, hot temperatures, at last a real summer and set to last for a few days. I hope it lasts past next weekend as our friends Joni and Leo from California are over and they are going down to Cornwall for a few days tomorrow. We are having a big BBQ for them on Sunday before they go off on a cruise.

Have a wonderful week wherever you are.

hugs {brenda} x0x

37 comments:

Amanda said...

Great take on FSC current challenge.
Love
Amanda x
PS the wether is supposed o be lovely agin next weekend!

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Oooh, wow, this tag is so wonderful, Brenda.

have a lovely week

Rita said...

What a wonderful tag Brenda. The colours are so fabulous. Hugs Rita xxx

sally said...

I love the logic of this one Brenda !

Sally

Daniele said...

so loving the backgrounds that you create Brenda, this one is so fabbie and the train is great......loving it
hugs

Kathyk said...

Love the finished tags and think your idea of dipping in leftovers is simply brilliant. Great images used too.


Kathyk

froebelsternchen Susi said...

oh my gosh! Just GORGEOUS!

Paula Whittaker said...

What a great tangent - super tag.

Deborah said...

Love the combo of trains and pink. Brilliant!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

A fabulous vintage tag Brenda - you always seem to find the most interesting pieces of ephemera! Love the train image and all the wonderful detail.
Hugs, Sylvia xx

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

A fabulous vintage tag Brenda - you always seem to find the most interesting pieces of ephemera! Love the train image and all the wonderful detail.
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, super duper tag - great mix of ideas there x

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous tag Brenda, love the mail train idea.
Yvonne x

Buttons said...

That's such a great tangent to go on Brenda. Love the connection with the train and that blend of colours on the tag. So much eye candy. Hugs, Jenny x

1CardCreator said...

This is gorgeous Brenda, I love all the little metal bits you have added along with the lovely inking you have done! ~Diane

Fliss said...

What a fabulous tag Brenda. A very clever take on the theme and love the shabby look.
Hugs, Fliss xx

butterfly said...

Simply lovely... the inky background, gorgeous stamping and the colouring on the train itself, down to the wispy white smoke - fab!
Alison x

Redanne said...

Gorgeous inky tag Brenda, love the way you did the train on the glassine, it looks so effective. Hugs, Anne x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous tag Brenda, love the mail train and your muted colour palette too. Love the touches of white for,the smoke. Great dimension and embellishments. Tracy x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic tag, love this train and the idea of a mail train :)

sue morris said...

Wow...this is so awesome. My dad loved trains and I just thing this is SUCH a perfect creation. I absolutely love it!

Crafty Lark said...

Fantastic Tag, love the colours and detail. xx Flora

Gina said...

This is a wonderful take on the challenge Brenda....just love the old faded train image :D XXX

Martina2801 said...

You've crafted a gorgeous taq, dear Brenda! The stamps are beautiful and the design is perfect! BRAVO!

Terry said...

Well thank you for joining us at FSC with such a wonderful "train ride." All kidding aside, this is such vintage gorgeousness! I love that train and all the realistic smoke! Beautiful! Hope you had a great weekend! Hugs!

Karin said...

a beautiful mailtrain tag, love it!
Groetjes karin

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Stunning tag. That little touch of white pen is absolutely wonderful!
Wishes
Lynne

coco said...

A really fantastic tag wow !!!! Wishes, Coco x

Tincan Crafter said...

Dont know how I managed to miss this post Brenda. It is fantastic. Love the white accents on the train, and I have loved those label pull things forever - I bought some a while back but instead of using them on cards, I superglued them on shelves! You definitely have a very unique style that totally appeals to me. What a fantastic thing to look at.

Anita Houston said...

BRILLIANT!!! The train is perfection here! Love the vintage feel of this...wonderful! The title piece is wonderful too!

Fandhmum said...

This is stunning, I love the pastel colours and the masculine stamps
Rosie x

hazel said...

Wow! A fabulous tag Brenda, I love the train image.
xxx Hazel.

Yvonne Garner said...

So lovely to see your take on the challenge Brenda! I love the idea of a ail train. Every detail is vintage loveliness! Hope all is well. Thanks for joining us at FSC! Hugs, Yvonne

Mrs.B said...

Hi Brenda, Great to see you joining us - Love this tag and your Mail Train theme.
Thanks for joining us at FSC
Avril xx

Ephemera said...

Hi Brenda, WOW what a fantastic tag, just love it. We are steam train lovers in this house, ans this is just fab. xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Great idea, thinking of the mail train. Love the steampunk feel of this one.

Shirley Chillman said...

Hi sweets, nearly all back to normal. Fabby tag, great connection to the mail train.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x