Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mixed Media Tutorial / Tag

Hello Papercrafters.  I had some questions about how I created the tags I posted last friday.  So I decided to create another one and take step by step photo's.  I created this one using the cutest little tree stamp set by The Stamps of Life.  I have to say thank you very much because I won it by playing along with one of the CPS challenges a while back!  Stephanie, the owner let me pick out the set I wanted!  THANKS Stephanie!
You can check out The Stamps of Life HERE.

Green and Yellow ink
Yellow, blue and green acrylic paint
charcoal pencil
old book or music paper


Project Details

Start by cutting a peice of old book or music paper slightly smaller than a tag.  The acrylic paints I use are really thick, so I added a little water to them in a dish to make them a little easier to smear around.  Paint yellow onto the word paper and blue onto the tag.  After the yellow is dry, brush on some blue paint.  Allow paint to dry between all steps.

Smear on some green paint.

Using a fan brush lightly wisp on more yellow.  Are you getting the picture now.  It's so easy, you just keep layering paint until you get the look you want. 

Adhere book paper to front of blue painted tag.  Smear on a little yellow paint around the edges here and there.  In this photo you can tell I lightly added more green with the fan brush.  Don't be afraid to use your fingers to smear it around as well.  Once I had decided what stamp I wanted to use (the tree), I decided to add more blue, so that the leaves would stand out a little more.  Used my finger on that one.  Outline with a charcoal pencil and draw on your scallops.  Distress edges with black ink here and there.

Paint inside the scallop green.  Add  Stamp the tree image and both birds.  Paint some old book paper yellow and then stamp the birds again, trim the bodies and adhere to tag as shown.  Stamp yellow and green leaves.  Doodle around the edges with fine tip pen - Micron 005, cut, and adhere around tree branches.  Add ribbon at top.

You can check out the other 2 Bookmarks I created using this technique HERE.


If you are inspired to create a distressed painted background of your own or a book mark, let me know.  I would love to check it out.
I hope your week is a tree-mendously wonderful one!


Patti J said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I have all of the bookmarks in and will post next week, after I'm sure everyone has gotten their swaps!

Grace said...

Oh this is just tooo cute Melisa! Love your technique! I have the paints... just need to use them! They are ancient though! Love this fun stamp! Hope you are doing well?!! hugs,

kiwimeskreations said...

Hmmm - the only acrylic paints I have are not in this colour group... thinking hard here. Looks like a fun technique - I may have to get in practice for when a grand baby visits :-)
Thanks so much for sharing.

Glittered Paws said...

Oh what a beautiful tag and the tutorial makes it "look" fairly easy - at least easy enough for me to try!!! I have lots of acryllic paints from my tole painting days so that is no problem. TFS this great tag.

HappyCrafter said...

What a pretty tag! Thank you so much for the clear directions and photos, I haven't done a tag before and have been a bit intimidated, and love the technique you are using with the layered paint.

stampencamper said...

what a great tutorial and book marker, I have subscirbed to your blog, and would like to try your technique for background with gift tags also

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