How to Make Steampunk Seahorse Chipboard Tag

This jumbo chipboard tag has been altered with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Steampunk Seahorse & fabulous Voyage Beneath the Sea papers from Graphic 45. We're going to focus on how to alter the chips today.

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How to Make  Steampunk Seahorse Chipboard Tag
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This Super X tag is made from thick chipboard. Measures 5" wide x 11.25" tall it is  perfect for mixed media.  This tutorial focuses on altering the chipboard elements.  I will share photos, though.

This Super X tag is made from thick chipboard. Measures 5" wide x 11.25" tall it is perfect for mixed media. This tutorial focuses on altering the chipboard elements. I will share photos, though.

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Trace tag onto designer paper. Cut one for front of tag, and one for back.  Ink all cut edges with Vintage Photo DI. Distress edges. We will not glue this paper to the tag until the very end.

Trace tag onto designer paper. Cut one for front of tag, and one for back. Ink all cut edges with Vintage Photo DI. Distress edges. We will not glue this paper to the tag until the very end.

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Paint the edges of tag front and back with Black Soot Distress ink.  Paint the outside edge as well.  Set aside to dry.

Paint the edges of tag front and back with Black Soot Distress ink. Paint the outside edge as well. Set aside to dry.

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Here is the cut paper after being painted with Picket Fence Distress Stain and sprayed/spattered.  Then i used the seaweed stencil and Distress Crayon around the bottom & edges of the tag.

Here is the cut paper after being painted with Picket Fence Distress Stain and sprayed/spattered. Then i used the seaweed stencil and Distress Crayon around the bottom & edges of the tag.

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Steampunk Seahorse was painted with Ripe Persimmon DP.  The solid piece was coated with Spoonful of Rust enamel, the open piece with powders from the Teal Embossing Kit. Work while paint is wet.

Steampunk Seahorse was painted with Ripe Persimmon DP. The solid piece was coated with Spoonful of Rust enamel, the open piece with powders from the Teal Embossing Kit. Work while paint is wet.

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With embossing enamels, heat from the underside, or the powder fragments will blow everywhere.  Keep moving your heat gun around so you don't burn the chip. Once enamel begins to melt, heat from top.

With embossing enamels, heat from the underside, or the powder fragments will blow everywhere. Keep moving your heat gun around so you don't burn the chip. Once enamel begins to melt, heat from top.

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This is a multi step embossing process. I started with aged teal on the open piece then sprinkled with Aged Gold, then with teal glitter enamel. The solid piece was sprinkled with teal & aged gold.

This is a multi step embossing process. I started with aged teal on the open piece then sprinkled with Aged Gold, then with teal glitter enamel. The solid piece was sprinkled with teal & aged gold.

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I used Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive on the edges, then clamped to set.  I filled cavities with more glue for the next step. Use a dries clear adhesive because it does not leave marks.

I used Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive on the edges, then clamped to set. I filled cavities with more glue for the next step. Use a dries clear adhesive because it does not leave marks.

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Fill cavities with gold czech beads and teal mica chips, pressing down into the glue.  Set aside to dry.

Fill cavities with gold czech beads and teal mica chips, pressing down into the glue. Set aside to dry.

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Cut some gears from texture sheet and paint with Mermaid Lagoon. I then tapped with Aged Bronze DP and Ripe Persimmon. While paint was wet, I heat embossed with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.

Cut some gears from texture sheet and paint with Mermaid Lagoon. I then tapped with Aged Bronze DP and Ripe Persimmon. While paint was wet, I heat embossed with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.

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This is what the gears look like when finished.

This is what the gears look like when finished.

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Glue gears in place. You will have some glue come out from under the edges.  While wet, sprinkle with Teal Embossing powder and heat set.  This makes everything look salt encrusted and corroded.

Glue gears in place. You will have some glue come out from under the edges. While wet, sprinkle with Teal Embossing powder and heat set. This makes everything look salt encrusted and corroded.

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Mat image on black cardstock. Back with waste chipboard.  Attach with foam dimensionals.  Tap seahorse with a little distress paint. Glue seahorse body to image, leaving the tail free.

Mat image on black cardstock. Back with waste chipboard. Attach with foam dimensionals. Tap seahorse with a little distress paint. Glue seahorse body to image, leaving the tail free.

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Squirt glue under image.  Tear cheesecloth and distress. Use scissor points to push under seahorse tail and image. Scribble glue and add mica chips.

Squirt glue under image. Tear cheesecloth and distress. Use scissor points to push under seahorse tail and image. Scribble glue and add mica chips.

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Paint coral with Ripe Persimmon. While paint is wet, sprinkle with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.  Heat set.

Paint coral with Ripe Persimmon. While paint is wet, sprinkle with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel. Heat set.

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Here is the coral after being heat set.  I just sprinkled it lightly with the enamel...like salt.  You want the orange paint to show.  Then glue in place on top of the cheesecloth.

Here is the coral after being heat set. I just sprinkled it lightly with the enamel...like salt. You want the orange paint to show. Then glue in place on top of the cheesecloth.

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Glue flowers in place. Tie bows and use scissor points to push under flower cluster.  Add shell to chipboard tag and glue in place.

Glue flowers in place. Tie bows and use scissor points to push under flower cluster. Add shell to chipboard tag and glue in place.

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Fill small pocket watch with designer paper, sand and shells. Cut clear acrylic for watch face. Tap closed. Secure to chipboard tag with ribbon and glue in place.

Fill small pocket watch with designer paper, sand and shells. Cut clear acrylic for watch face. Tap closed. Secure to chipboard tag with ribbon and glue in place.

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Fussy cut fish rider, ink edges and secure to top. Glue front of tag in place.  Add ribbon.

Fussy cut fish rider, ink edges and secure to top. Glue front of tag in place. Add ribbon.

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The front of the tag is now finished.  But I want to add a folio and some fun features to the back of the tag.  Meet me on the backside.....

The front of the tag is now finished. But I want to add a folio and some fun features to the back of the tag. Meet me on the backside.....

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Here is the back side of the tag all finished.  I covered with paper, then created a folio with Tammy Tutterow's Spellbinder Waterfall die.

Here is the back side of the tag all finished. I covered with paper, then created a folio with Tammy Tutterow's Spellbinder Waterfall die.

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I cut 4 waterfall folio pieces with the die, 2 from the front of the paper, two from the back.  I creased on the fold line and glued to the paper.  Add ribbon & chipboard to create a quick cover.

I cut 4 waterfall folio pieces with the die, 2 from the front of the paper, two from the back. I creased on the fold line and glued to the paper. Add ribbon & chipboard to create a quick cover.

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Here you can see how to add each new section of the waterfall.  I also cut photo mats from black cardstock.

Here you can see how to add each new section of the waterfall. I also cut photo mats from black cardstock.

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I did cut a 3.25" wide x 5" tall mat of black cardstock to help me keep each piece lined up.  I made this cute envelope with TT's Notch Envelope Die.

I did cut a 3.25" wide x 5" tall mat of black cardstock to help me keep each piece lined up. I made this cute envelope with TT's Notch Envelope Die.

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There's a teeny tiny notecard inside.  This is a great place to tuck a cash gift, a souvenir, a shell from the ocean, or to do some journaling.

There's a teeny tiny notecard inside. This is a great place to tuck a cash gift, a souvenir, a shell from the ocean, or to do some journaling.

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On the bottom of the tag, I added another chipboard border, painted and embossed.  And this is the Deco Edge Mini Envelope.

On the bottom of the tag, I added another chipboard border, painted and embossed. And this is the Deco Edge Mini Envelope.

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With another teeny tiny journal card inside.

With another teeny tiny journal card inside.

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This Project was fun to make. I hope I shared some techniques that you can use in your own crafting.  Visit me at kathybydesign.com for more free tutorials and inspiration.  Now go get your craft on!

This Project was fun to make. I hope I shared some techniques that you can use in your own crafting. Visit me at kathybydesign.com for more free tutorials and inspiration. Now go get your craft on!

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