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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mixed-Media Tag (Tutorial using Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays)

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting a Demo at Ink Paper Rubber.  In this Demo I showed the Mixed-Media technique I used on my altered cigar box.  Here is a step-by-step pictorial for you.

I hope you give this a try, it's really fun!!
Tag Demo, Ink Paper Rubber Store
Start with a chipboard tag, and paint it with Gesso.
It will look like this.
To give your tag texture, use fabric lace, paper lace or doilies.
Also great to use for texture is moulding paste and a stencil.

It will look like this.
To adhere the lace to the tag, use Mod Podge or DecoPage.
Here is a tag after adding the lace and moulding paste.
Pretty cool huh?
The next step I add mulberry flowers, wood and metal embellishments.
I adhere them to the tag with a hot glue gun.
You may also use E6000 wet glue, but it takes a while to dry.
It will look like this.
You are now ready to add more Gesso.
Paint the Gesso over everything.  
Make sure you get inside all the nooks and crannies.
It will look like this.
I selected 3 colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, but
you can use Dylusions, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls or Glimmer Mist.
Each time you spray, dry thoroughly with your heat tool.

Add as many layers as need to achieve the desired look.

To complete my tag, I used rub-on inks to touch up the birds and butterfly.
Here is my finished tag!
I made a couple of these tags, here is the second one.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.
This is the same technique I used on the altered cigar box, but this time I used much brighter colors.
Please!  Try this at home!

Happy Creating!


Mary said...

Brilliant as always ,it would make a wonderful wedding tag if it was left white.

pattyo said...

Tag person that I am, I think this is beautiful! Love how the texture is created. I need to get one of those brick stencils. I love the size of the tag, too.

WizardsKat said...

Stunning! Any chance you will do this class again? I hope so!!!!

Anonymous said...

Rene, This tag is just beautiful! I have a few questions however. How do you use the molding paste to add texture? Do you apply it through a plastic stencil? Do you have to wash it off your stencil and your palette knife right away so it doesn't permanently adhered like cement? Just not sure on that part of your project. Thanks so much! Catherine

Crabtree-Creations said...

Here are some answers to your questions:
Yes WizardsKat there has been a lot of interest in me teaching a tag class using this technique. I will keep you posted.
Catherine if you look at the photos it may help you. When it is time to put on the moulding paste, use your favorite stencil or stencils and a palette knife and apply. Keep a small tupperware dish full of water nearby. Yes the moulding paste will dry on the stencil if not washed off fairly quickly. Luckily this technique is quick, and only takes seconds to apply, so you have time to get the stencil and knife cleaned off!