Mixed Media Tag Tutorial

Edit: Tutorial also now available at the bottom of this post.

I have a little tutorial up over on the Crafting Ireland Blog today showing step by step how I created this mixed media tag. Head on over to check it out!

tag complete

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday challenge where you have to use something new – the stencils and the stamps I used on this were new. I am also entering it into the Mixed Media Place challenge Courage/Bravery. The quote on my piece reflects courage to me, all shall be done, it will be hard but if you have the strength and courage you will get there eventually.

I know a lot of people love this style but feel that they won’t be able to do it. I wanted to show you how easy it is to put together a mixed media piece. Apologies in advance for all the photos, but I wanted to make sure to illustrate every stage!

What you will need:

  • Paint or inks
  • Tag cut from card stock or heavy water colour paper
  • Oil pastels/crayons/paint etc – I used water soluble oil pastels but you could use any colouring meduim
  • Paint brush
  • Glimmer mists or sprays
  • Pallet knife or old credit card
  • Stencils
  • Book paper (you can also use magazines)
  • Embellishments
  • Glue – gel medium is great
  • Texture paste/embossing paste
  • Craft sheet – this will get messy
  • Gloves if you don’t like your hands getting messy!
  • Anything else on your craft desk you think you may like to throw on your tag!

Step 1

I used my oil pastels to scribble colour in different shades on my tag base. I then blended this with water and heat set it in order to sink the oil into the paper. You could paint, ink etc at this stage. I like the oils as once they are heat set they don’t move, smear or bleed colour again.

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Step 2

Rip up some book or magazine paper. Using gel medium glue the scraps down randomly. Seal over the top of them too with the gel medium.pic 5

Step 3

Dilute some acrylic paint – I used white. Use a paint brush to paint this onto the top of the tag and hold the tag upright over your craft sheet to let the paint bleed downwards.pic 6

Step 4

I used a mask and placed it on the tag and spritzed over it using Glimmer Mist. You could use more than one mask at this stage if you liked.pic 7

Step 5

On a plastic surface I put down some white texture paste. I then added a few drops of turquoise ink from a Dylusions bottle to tint the paste. I then used this paste on my stencil. Its a bubbles stencil from Studio Calico.

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I also use a little hexagon stencil I made myself using some stencil plastic and a die. I stenciled through this stencil using some of the tinted paste and some of the natural white paste too.pic 10

Step 6

I used a pallet knife to smear some of the paste on the bottom right corner of the tag, leaving it very textured looking. I also added some on the middle left of the tag.pic 11

Step 7

Into these sections of texture paste I pressed in some chipboard shapes – cogs and stars. As the paste dries it keeps the shapes stuck in it as if glued in.pic 12

Step 8

I had planned on keeping the shapes natural chipboard but decided to paint them using Distress Ink in Antiqued Bronze.pic 13

Step 9

I used some watered down Antiqued Bronze distress stain to add some bronze drips down the tag also.pic 14

Step 10

Now came the embellishing stage! I stapled on a strip of washi tape and layered on some tickets, stamps and a chipboard shape with printed text added to it. Everything was aged with distress inks or the bronze distress ink.pic 15

I also randomly stamped some hexes onto the tag to mimic the hex stenciling.pic 16

Here you can see a close up of the embellishments all added on….

close up 2

And the completed tag….tag completeI hope you enjoyed seeing this process and that you will give it a go – just relax and have fun with it!!

Happy Crafting!


6 thoughts on “Mixed Media Tag Tutorial

  1. WOW. Love the color and texture on this and the words are beautiful.
    Thank you for playing with us at MixedMediaPlace

  2. Pingback: Maker Mondays: Meet Nicole Mullen of Mullen Crafts | Guidecentral Blog

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