Vintage Scottish Piper Tag

Vintage Scottish Piper Tag

I have a copy of Tim Holtz’  book A Compendium of Curiosities,which I turn to for inspiration. He especially features Steampunk style art, and this was the antiqued effect I wanted to try with this stamp design.

The Rusted Enamel technique was the one I used.  It is really easy to do as I was able to get a great result this first time I tried it. The following is a variation of that technique.


Vintage Scottish Piper Tag first step, lay in the background colors


a)  You can stamp ink pads directly to heavy white card stock or a tag, using Memories™ Turquoise and Baby blue, or use sponges, texture stamps, whatever you like. I’ve also done this technique with Ranger Distress Inks™  For this stage the colors need to be similar as you are going for a worn and weathered look, as if the original color was fading or rubbing off in spots, or has gotten stained.

This is a really large tag 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, as I wanted to show several images on it. Make sure the card is completely dry before proceeding.





Vintage Scottish Piper Tag – add images

b)  Next stamp the card with the desired images:

  • #349 Victorian Piper with black pigment ink and detail black embossing powder and heat set it.
  • #304 Fleur de Lis  & #353 Epiphany Knot with Cherry Red Memories™ ink
  • #170 Long Thistle & #351 Square Knot with Pine Tree Green Memories™ ink

Make sure all the images are dry.

c)  Apply the appearance of rust with one or more warm browns such as Memories Brown or Ranger Distress ink Vintage Photo. Use the same type of ink as you used for the background/base layer of ink: permanent dye on permanent dye or water-based on water-based.

A cosmetic sponge works well for this and gives you good control (although your fingers might get inky). Tap the sponge on the ink pad and then tap it on the card pressing harder at the edges where you might want the most rust. Excess ink may be wiped off the embossed surface with a cloth or paper towel.


Vintage Scottish Piper Tag completed

d)  Now ink directly onto the entire surface of the card using a clear embossing ink pad, apply clear embossing powder over all, tap off the excess and then tap it harder so the powder isn’t even over the whole surface, and heat set. Be careful to heat it just enough to melt and no more.

e)  Optional: repeat step d, if desired, to achieve a more even glossy finish, and you won’t need to give the card an extra tap.

f) As all the inking and embossing may have wrinkled the card stock, mount card on another piece of dark color cardstock with YES glue or a tape-roller.

g)  Punch a hole and add a ribbon.

All stamps Highlander Celtic Stamps, available on this site. But do try this out with any stamps, or combination of stamps, in your collection.

Happy stamping,
Kim Victoria