Thursday, May 30, 2019

Full Of Possibilities Mixed Media Tag For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by.  It's the fifth Friday of the month so that means it's time for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey where the Creative Guides get to design a tag with any theme and in any style that they choose.  We all love our Tag Fridays!  And as an added bonus, we also have an exciting announcement to make at AVJ, we are welcoming four NEW Creative Guides to our team!  You are going to be so excited to see all the talented folks joining our wonderful team, I know we all are so make sure to pop by to meet them.

I've been working with a lot of bright colours lately and was in need of a serious vintage grungy fix so I broke out my Distress Oxide Sprays, crackle paste and lots of lovely Tim Holtz Idea-ology to create my Full Of Possibilities mixed media tag.

I took a few step out pics as I was making it so read on for the how to.

I cut a #10 size tag from corrugated cardboard and peeled off some of the top layer to reveal the corrugations lying beneath.

Opaque Crackle Texture Paste and white gesso were applied randomly with a spatula and allowed to dry.  Once dry the tag was sprayed with Distress Oxide Spray in Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain.  Look at those lovely grungy textures and colours, love it!

I decided that my tag would tell the story of a young man full of curiosity about the world who yearned to travel and experience all the possibilities it could afford him.  With my theme in mind I started to collect bits and bobs of Tim Holtz's Idea-ology and Ephemera and decided what was going to go where.  All the chosen Ephemera and Idea-ology paper pieces were tattered and inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and a Quote Chip was inked with the same.  I coloured an Index Clip and Star Adornment with Alcohol ink in Mushroom and Gun Metal and attached one of Tim's Flashcards to the Index Clip.

A Paper Doll was coloured with Distress Crayons and popped up on Gina K. Designs Black Foam Squares.  A Quote Token was coloured with the same colours of Alcohol ink as previously used and the lettering highlighted with Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  An Elements Remnant Rub was added to the Ephemera shield and also popped up on foam squares and that was it!

Here are a few closeups of the finished tag, I chose that particular Paper Doll because I thought he looked so young and hopeful and ready to explore the world!

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my tag came together and that you can take a minute to pop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what the others made to inspire you and also to meet our new Creative Guides.  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. This is a fabulous tag Deb with a wonderful story to tell. I love the corrugated tag and the texture it brings to provide a great background to your ephemera and young man. The quote chip and quote token add the words that set the feel of the journey and I love how you’ve picked out the dictionary words to complement the token. I’m sure this is for a wonderful voyage of amazing discoveries. I hope your weekend is full of even more possibilities my friend. Hugs Brenda xxx

  2. What a stunning tag! I love the vintage grungy style and the corrugated background and the layers that you created looks so amazing 😊. Thank you for the warm welcome, I'm so excited to join you as part of the Creative Guide team! Wishing you a happy Friday and weekend! Jo xx

  3. Wonderful tag , Deb that I'm sure satisfied your need for a vintage grungy fix . Oh i did indeed look at those grungy textures and colours and I think I probably love them as much as you. Terrific additional ephemera telling the story of your yong gentlemans longing to travel .
    Amanda x

  4. What a great masculine design on your tag today Deb! The corrugated background is beautiful with all your treatments on it - wonderful layering of ephemera and that lovely young gentleman! xx

  5. Your tag came out great! Love the grungy background so much. The young man looked hopeful and ready to explore the world! I am so thrilled to have joined as a Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey and I am really looking forward to following your journey with the team. Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs, Ann

  6. I adore the scrumptious textured, weathered background and your vintage collaging is pure perfection. The metal sentiment looks amazing - the crayon gives such a clean bright finish to the lettering. Fabulous!
    Alison x

  7. Deb, your tag is absolutely fabulous, from the delicious grungy background to the wonderful ephemera you added, I just love every single little part of this tag! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Fabulous masculine tag Deb - that corrugated background is just stunning. Wonderful layering on top too. I love how you have separated all your "dolls" as well - I did the same last week! Hope you are having a great weekend. Jennie x

  9. Hi Deb x What a fabulous tag and I just love the grungy feel to it x Wonderful layers and great use of Tim's ephemera x
    You are certainly a busy lady and well done for sticking with the challenge as it cant be easy xx
    Huge hugs
    Annie x

  10. You had me at the grungy background, Deb! I love how you've told your story through use of the ephemera and embellishments. Great tag! Hugs!


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