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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Discover Yourself Mixed Media Hang Tag

Hello everyone, it's the fifth Friday in July so that means it is time for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey.  Tag Fridays are so much fun, the Creative Guides just get to play and create whatever we want, anything goes!  I started out with a #8 manila tag I had in my (very full!) mop up tags file and made this 'Discover Yourself' mixed media hang tag.

I tried some new techniques, as well as using some very old techniques, and have a few step by step photos for you, enjoy!

The mop up tag I started with was a stencil monoprint of Tim Holtz's Gothic stencil, coloured with what I think was Weathered Wood Distress ink.   I repositioned the Gothic stencil over the monoprint and coloured through it with several colours of Distress inks in shades of blue: Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire.  Spritz and flick with water followed along with edging the tag with Walnut Stain DI and I then repositioned the Gothic stencil again and added some Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint through it overtop of the DI, just adding it here and there.

Once the crackle had dried, I added more DI in the same shades of blue to emphasize the crackle and then did one more layer with the Gothic stencil, bumping it slightly this time, and colouring through it with Wilted Violet DI.  I then stamped the butterfly from Tim Holtz's Perspective stamp set in Jet Black Archival ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I wasn't sure how the stamping overtop of the Distress crackle would work but it came out wonderfully.

I found this 'Explore' chipboard piece at Michaels.  I added glue stick here and there and then laid some Deco Foil in gold overtop, rubbing it to transfer the foil (see Tim Holtz's description of this technique here).  After the glue had dried, I added some Walnut Stain DI to the chipboard as well.

A Tim Holtz Fragments tile was coloured with multiple shades of alcohol ink (Stonewash, Wild Plum, Latte and Stream) and then stamped with Jet Black Archival ink and a stamp from Tim's French Market Clear Stamps set that echoed the design of the Gothic stencil.  The trick with this technique is to wait until the alcohol inks have dried completely on the Fragments tile and then to wipe the wet archival ink from the stamped area immediately after stamping it to get this 'ghost' impression.  Click here to see Tim Holtz's description of the technique, it's an oldie but a goodie!  The Fragment was then adhered to a piece of white cardstock with Glossy Accents and cut out after the glue had dried.

Time to assemble the tag, the Fragments tile was adhered to the lower left corner (love it!)

and the Explore chipboard piece was adhered down the right side.

Three Mirrored Stars were coloured with the same alcohol ink combo as the fragment and adhered above the chipboard

and just look at that lovely crackle detail!

A Vial Label was folded around the edge of the tag top left and the words 'discover yourself' from Tim Holtz's Words Remnant Rubs adhered.  The label was coloured with Weathered Wood and Chipped Sapphire DI lightly to tone down the background.

And finally Crinkle Ribbon was coloured with several shades of Distress ink in blue and fastened in place with some gold wire to echo the gold foil on the chipboard embellishment.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my tag and that you will pop on by A Vintage Journey to see the other wonderful tags my fellow Creative Guides have made for this episode of Tag Friday.

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend and as always happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Beautiful colors and techniques on your glorious tag Deb! Love the purples and blues - the gold foil treatment on the wood word and the lovely fragment! I learned a lot from your post! Julia xx

  2. Gorgeous ! Debs Lovely colours and texture. Always love a butterfly , especially this one - its one of my fave stamps .
    have a lovely weekend

  3. ahhhhh stunning monoprinting Deb! and just adore the little fragment that compliments (complements!) the background. a really wonderful creation xxx

  4. Loving the tag Deb, gorgeous details. The butterfly is one of my favourite stamps.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  5. Wonderful techniques and really beautiful result Deb! xxx

  6. Loe the addition of our Deco Foil on this! Our NEW Deco Foil Adhesive Pen would be another great choice to adhere to items too!

  7. Starting right from that stunning monoprint, this is an amazing tag - so many techniques and ideas, and the finished look is a treat.
    Alison x

  8. Fabulous, fabulous tag with so many well done techniques! I adore that background, and am going to have to give it a try! Just love everything about this! Hugs!


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