Mixed Media Chipboard Tag

At first glance, this photo is a little deceiving because you imagine this to be a fairly small piece, like an average tag. However, I’ve used one of the Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Thickboard tags. This is the medium size and it’s about 12 x 6.5 inches.

I’ll apologise now for the length of this post – I’m going to take you through the steps to create this, and being a piece with lots of texture and layers, there’s a lot to tell you!

I started with the blank MDF tag, and gave it a coat of white gesso (I used the Sizzix gesso as this is nice and thick and I only needed one coat, but any gesso will do). After that, I added some of the Ideaology collage paper. I put a piece along the bottom, and then another torn piece towards the top left of the tag. I used collage medium to stick it down, then added a little more on top to seal it. After that I started layering some colour. I used various Oxide sprays as well as the standard Distress sprays, colours used were – Speckled Egg, Antique Linen, Salvaged Patina, Hickory Smoke, and Gathered Twigs. I added several layers of colour, spritzing with water and drying in between to stop the colours mixing too much.

Once that was dry, I added a little bit of texture with a stencil and some texture paste (Prima Icing Paste in White Gold). I used a Stampers Anonymous stencil that looks like splatters. I also added some brown texture paste through a Prima script stencil.

Once the paste was dry I added a little more Distress spray. Once that was dry I added some stamping here and there, and die cut some honeycomb elements from the Sizzix Mixed Media die set from kraft card. I sponged some black paint on these before adding to the tag. Next I added some gold Sizzix Luster wax around the edges of the tag and on the reinforcer. Then I added some embossing ink (using WOW Mixed Media Embossing brush), and heat embossed with some of the Stampendous embossing enamel – I used Aged Teal and Aged Bronze. This gives a lovely melted metal look.

Now it’s time to add the elements. I die cut the Perspective Moth three times from black card and layered them up so the wings could be shaped. I added glossy accents to the body and sprinkled on some of the new Tim Holtz black glitter. I spritzed the wings with various colours of Izink sprays which have a lovely sparkle. I decided I wanted a darker colour though, so went over this in places with some of the Prima Sparks Acrylic paints. I then glued the moth to the tag.

I gathered together a few different elements to provide an area to put some text. I cut a piece of lace ribbon and coloured it with Gathered Twigs Oxide spray. I die cut the Sizzix Seal die from kraft card then painted with Sizzix Gold acrylic paint. I tucked this under the ribbon, then added some buttons and a metal flower. I took one of the Tim Holtz quote chips and covered it with Distress enamel in Speckled Egg and added some gold acrylic paint around the edges. For a final touch, I took a metal number (again from a Tim Holtz set), but the silver colour didn’t go with all the gold tones, so I added some alcohol inks in green and copper, then added some DecoArt Texture Sand paste mixed with the Stampendous Aged Teal Enamel and heated it to give a distressed, rusty patina kind of look.

Then, the final touch was just to add some splatters of black paint all over.

This is the first time I’ve used one of these large tags, and I have to say, I really like the size and thickness for mixed media projects. I’ve listed most of the products I’ve used below.

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Sizzix Tim Holtz Butterfly Impresslit

I was inspired after watching the Tim Holtz Chapter 3 live on Saturday, and I realised that I had the butterfly Impresslits die, so decided to make a butterfly card!

If you aren’t familiar with Impresslits, they are embossing folders, that have a thin metal die embedded in the folder, so that as well as embossing the image, they cut them out at the same time. Very clever. This one is a 3D folder too, so the detail you get is absolutely stunning.

I cut the butterfly from watercolour card, then gave it a first coat of colour with some Antique Linen Distress Oxide spray – I put some on my glass mat and used it with a wet brush. I dried this off, then added some Vintage Photo Oxide spray to the body part of the butterfly. I then added various colours to the wings, drying in between and occasionally spritzing with water to move the colour around until I was happy with it. I used Scattered Straw and Crackling Campfire towards the bottom, and Bundled Sage and Speckled Egg on top, then added little splatters of Salvaged Patina. Once dry, I then went in with some Sizzix Luster Wax in Gold, as well as little bit of Sizzix Acrylic Paint in Gold and Rose Gold. Last detail was a splatter of Vintage Photo with a small brush to add some little splatters of dark colour.

For the background, I covered a card blank with some cream card (from the Sizzix Botanicals card stock pack). Then I die cut the Sizzix Tim Holtz Flowery Die from black card. I used a brayer to add some colour with the Sizzix Acrylic paint in Rose Gold and Gold, and touches of Salvaged Patina Distress paint.

Because this background is quite busy, I didn’t want the butterfly to get lost, so I added a torn strip of the same cream card across the front, then added a little gold wax to tie it in with the background. I added the butterfly with foam pads – just sticking in the centre so the wings can be shaped upwards a little, then added a little sentiment sticker.

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Create & Craft shows on 16 March

I’m back at Create and Craft next Tuesday for two shows with a lovely selection of dies. This cake die set is a Bigz die, so can be used with lots of different materials, however, for this card I’ve used some Opulent Gold card as well as some of the new Mystical Opulent collection – it’s hard to tell from the photo but I used the ombre holographic card for the cake and it’s a lovely sparkly, graduation of colour from a dusky pink to white. The background was created by using the Drifting Hearts die as a stencil with some gold texture paste.

Talking of the Drifting Hearts die, I used it here together with some silver Texture Roll, backed with some more of the Mystical Opulent card – this one is the glitter ombre.

More of the Mystical card here, together with the Birthday Candles die.

I really like the Birthday Candles die – you can pop card behind it, or paper piece it as I’ve done here. You can also just use the candles separately.

A very modern feel to this one – using the Geo Stitched Frames and Bold Alpha die sets.

That’s it for today – I’ll be back tomorrow with more (which include some lovely spring florals)

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More sneak peeks ahead of my Mixed Media show on Tuesday

Here’s a few more of the cards I’ll be sharing on Tuesday on Create & Craft TV – these first two cards are using the Tim Holtz Funky Nature die set. I really love the elements in this set, and they are all cleverly designed with nice layers so you can build up the colours.

I really love the impresslits in this release – especially the four leaf clover, the detail on it is lovely, so I highlighted it with some gold wax.

This Wildflower is a Bigz, so I decided to use some thick corrugated cardboard to give a bit of a rustic look.

Sorry this photo is a bit bright – I couldn’t get a good shot in the bright sun today! It looks much nicer in real life.

The Cafe Colorize set is really good fun, I’ve got a few coffee/tea themed stamp sets so I’m glad to have some nice dies to use with them.

That’s it for now – I’ll be on Create & Craft TV on Tuesday at midday for a double show.

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Create & Craft TV shows next week

I’m back at Create and Craft next week (Tue 9th and Wed 10th), with a fabulous deal on the Big Shot Plus, along with some gorgeous dies. Since we are showcasing the Plus machine, we’ve got a couple of the Bigz Plus dies, one of which, this Hanging Wreath die, is one I hadn’t used before. I’m really loving it. I quite often buy chipboard wreath shapes for creating with, so I’m delighted that I can save money and just cut my own from now on.

The peach flowers are part of the wreath die, and the large flower is another die we have on the shows called Icelandic Poppy. I cut them all from the Sizzix floral foam.

I didn’t want to waste the piece that popped out of the centre of the wreath, so I used that as a little plaque.

Which brings me along nicely to the next die set on the show – the Feathered Friends set by Tim Holtz.

My shows are at midday on the 9th (double show), and 14.15 on the 10th.

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