Monday, December 3, 2012

All aboard!

This weekend our local train museum started it's rides on 'The Polar Express' (trademarked from the original book, movie) after the Christmas parade Saturday morning.  This #10 tag is a tribute to the train ride and was colored using the Ink Palette: Distress that's the challenge over at Studio L3 following along in Tim's 2nd compendium.
The images come from Stampers Anonymous (On The Railroad, Mini Holidays 2, and Odds & Ends).  They were stamped in Jet Black and French Ultramarine archival inks.  The snowflakes were stamped using the Pearl paint dabber as was the snowflake border (on the edge die); both were sprinkled with Distress Stickles Dry Glitter (clear rock candy).  The silk ribbons were crumpled and spritzed with Perfect Pearls Pearl Mist.  Too many distress inks and stains were used to list them all.  To achieve the brass on the train I first colored the areas with a yellow then the complementing metallic stain.  The billowing steam I shaded with Shaded Lilac, thick glue and more DSDG.

Can't you just see this steam engine coming around the tracks en route to the North Pole?  In reality, our tracks do come around the bend before entering our vintage station...very cool to see the steam billowing above the tree tops as you listen to the chugging sound approaching the station house!


  1. Hey Susan.

    I love your Tim train!!! It looks fantastic!!! I've never seen one colored in it! Thanks for your very nice comment left on my blog about my Christmas house. It was so much fun to do! <3 Candy

  2. Cool idea Susan, I think I'm casing this one! lol!

  3. I love the book, I love the movie! Wonderful tag...gorgeous coloration!