Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Steampunk or Shabby Chic?


...or would you prefer something between?


Hi everyone! 

These days it's easy to get lost in the world of different styles in our amazing craft. So many great ones to choose from, and lots of different new trends. Many styles so different from each other, but what they often have in common is that they may all be very inspiring. 
At least that is how I feel.
I will usually describe my style as detailed, and even often romantic. But I also usually say it depends on what I create, what for. If I have pics on what theme they are about, or what style they demands to get the best end result and design. But I also like to mix up styles, to play and just have funand do what I feel for right there and then.
Why try to categorize your own style? Do we need one? Well, all I need are details and lots of products and/or techniques! From there you can name it what ever you want to! ;O)

Sometimes I like to just mix two very different styles and see what happens. Here in this post I will share some tags showing two different styles, and one where styles are mixed.

Let's start with the steampunk / grunge tag.

Time Flies - steampunk style 
Above; A tag in a grunge steam punk style with lots of colors. I used a vintage find porcelain doll and scrap butterfly wings. All colors are added by our Chalk Edgers, so fun to use on different techniques!

Above: On the upper corner on the tag I added a "Clock Gears" from the Junkyard Findings and some "Clock Hands", and in the center of the hands I added a little Tiny Junkyard Findings "Clock Parts". The special screw head over the tag hole is a new Tiny Junkyard Findings "Special Screws". The little piece of chipboard clock is a left over from my last card, and comes from Dusty Attic.

Above; To get the beautiful embossed design on the background of this tag I used Texture Fades from Sizzix! After running a piece of paper trough Sizzix's Big Shot with this embossing tool, I got amazing depths and structures in the paper. Then I used my Chalk Edgers in different colors to color the paper piece, which originally was pure white. First I dragged the Chalk Edgers over the paper to I got the deep color effect I wished for. Then I chose some dark colors Chalk Edgers as "Dark Rust" and "Old Road" and added easy touches of ink on the tops of the embossed design to make it all pop up! The green drops you can spot are drops from Glimmer Mist.

Above; Here you can see the tag from side, viewing the frozen antique doll, which I added a piece of washi tape on the side of on of the legs. The wings are from a butterfly scrap. On this image you can also see the effect of the embossed background and all the colors added with the Chalk Edgers.


After creating this grunge steam punk styled tag, I went directly over to creating one more romantic and shabby chic one, and here it is;


Remember - shabby chic style
Above; A shabby chic tag that is way more romantic in style then the first tag shown here. This time I stayed soft in colors and embellishments, and even the embossed background design I chose for this tag, the music notes, are more romantic and vintage, perfect for shabby chic! I love to add laces and roses when I work on shabby chic designs, and of course on of my own resins, the chair from my Shabby Chic Resin Treasures!

Above; to get the embossed effect on this shabby chic tag, I used the Texture Fades "Music Notes" from Sizzix. I simply placed the whole tag into the embossing folder and run it trough the Big Shot machine from Sizzix. This time I added layers of Chalk Edgers and white Gesso to get the effect on this tag. First a white layer of Gesso. Then Chalk Edgers "Old Road" on the high parts of the embossed design to make them pop. Then tone it all down adding white Gesso smoothly over it all using my fingers as a "dry brush".

Above: A close-up of the top of the tag, showing the effect of the embossed background when using layers of white Gesso and colors from the fast drying Chalk Edgers.

Above; Even though I worked on a shabby chic project, I allowed myself to play with mixed media techniques, just keeping it simple and in light colors. A bit white paint on the lace will make the lace look even more shabby. The Shabby Chic Resin Treasures chair works really well on projects like this.


Now, the next tag I made I decided to mix the two styles I just used, and even maybe give it an extra little twist. So I let steampunk meet shabby chic, and with even touches of psychedelic maybe ;O)


Discover - mixed styles
Above; The result of when shabby chic meets steampunk, with touches of psychedelic. Here I kept the background soft and shabby chic, with touches of techniques on the background giving hints of mixed media steampunk style, as the left upper corner where I also placed some gears from my Junkyard Findings collection giving more of the steampunk feel. To balance the steampunk corner I went very romantic in the lower right corner, and added a pink Prima flower together with fussy cuts and stamped branches.

Above; A close-up showing the butterfly used on the tag. This I made out of a head from an antique frozen doll, a pen tip from Tim Holtz, and some butterfly wings from a butterfly scrap! Then I added some newspaper scripts to the wings with transfer techniques. Underneath the pen tip I added a drop of ink, dripping down from the pen head.

Above; A close-up showing the butterfly-design from side.


And finally, here are all three tags;
Above; all 3 tags beside each other, grunge steampunk at left, and shabby chic at right, with something in between in the middle.

Now, if you liked any of these, which one did you like the most? Please let me hear from you about which style you prefer! 

Hope you enjoyed my share for today, and thank you so much for dropping by.

*hugs and smiles*
Ingvild

38 comments:

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

How can I choose when all of them are drop-dead gorgeous...LOL!!!

Susan Bullock said...

So LOVE both the shabby chic and steam punk, favoring the shabby chic. The combination one, I don't know, that head kind of scares me! :) Love all the inspiration you give ~

Lollapalooza Crafts said...

I love the shabby chic, but i'm falling more for the steampunk the more I look at it. So steampunk it is I guess!! Thank you!!

Lollapalooza Crafts said...

I love the shabby chic, but i'm falling more for the steampunk the more I look at it. So steampunk it is I guess!! Thank you!!

lindy Gillespie said...

Love love the Shabby chic but has a preference for the in between!!!

Yrla said...

All 3 are amazing, but the last one, the mix, I love it! Although the head kind of scares me too... ;)

Romy said...

Wow, each one of your tags is gorgeous! You do both steampunk and shabby chic just beautifully!

Jessi said...

Beautiful all three!! Like the mixed style and chabby chic most. There something scary and beautiful at the same in the butterfly whit a head. You are an amazing artist!!

olenka said...

stunning work!!!

Helle said...
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Helle said...

I love them all ...
Ingvild, du er dyktig!
-Helle-

Buttons said...

Love all three and it would have been the steampunk one, but I adore the mixed one even more. Thanks for the inspiration/ideas. Hugs, Jenny x

scapmanufaktur said...

So awesome. Love all the tags. I'm in love with the steampunk due to the embellishments (fits so perfectly). But I also love the mixed style because of the artsy look and feel. Can't describe it better ;-) So the mixed style wins for me, it's just genial :-)

toi9 said...

I love them all!!!
But really love the steampunk!!
Thanks for the inspiration!

Evil Edna said...

really liked all of them the butterfly with dolls head is my favourite although I I have a feelung it opens it's eyes and flaps it's wing when no one is around!EE

Oliwiaen said...

Each and every one is absolutely gorgeous!

pattyo said...

Must I choose? I love, love tags! These are so gorgeous. I love shabby chic, but then I see the grunge one and love it, and then the combination one is so pretty too!

pattyo said...

Must I choose? I love, love tags! These are so gorgeous. I love shabby chic, but then I see the grunge one and love it, and then the combination one is so pretty too!

Ольга said...

All are gorgeous but I preffer shabby chic style))

prutsels said...

I also like all three,every time I pick one and look again, I change my mind! To me it depends on my mood what style I like best when making my own tags.

Рина said...

Very unexpected and impressive!

Christiane Courtin-Mangez said...



I really prefer the shabby one, with roses, laces and the chair, the others are great, but this is always shabby harmony that I adore !! Hugs from France Ingvild


butterfly said...

Simply can't make up my mind... they're all so glorious, so individual! Think overall it's that last one that really makes my heart sing - deliciously quirky!
Alison x

Lourdes said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS Ingvild!!!

I'm completely falling in love of shabby tag! wow.....wonderful work!

Guriana said...

All looks so beatufil!!!
You know altready you inspired me a few days ago on Instargram:
http://guriana.blogspot.com/2013/03/ile-gow-tyle-opinii.html
thanks Ingvild:))

xox
Guriana:)

Miranda Edney said...

OMG Ingvild! these are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rebecca " The miss Haven " said...

Lovely tags :) Soooooooooooo pretty ^^ The shabby chic is absolutely beautiful ;)
Thanx for sharing !!
Hugs Rebecca

Mell Pell said...

Love all of them! They are beautiful - each & every))))
But my choice is "between" , 'cos it is more close to my stile)

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I love them all, each one is individual, quirky and full of great ideas. Tracy x

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