Easy and Edgy Mixed Media Tag

by Renee Zarate


Shipping tags are a wonderful substrate for mixed media art. They are small, the paper is durable and when completed they fit nicely into an art journal or can be used in place of a card. This tag showcases not only texture and color but also techniques such as embossing, masking, stamping, mixing inks, using foils, and coloring ribbon. A mixed media tag is a great way to use many of your craft supplies in one simple and easy project!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 40 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Mask off the head portion of the girl image. Ink up the stamp with StazOn Jet Black and stamp image onto the shipping tag. Stamp again on masking paper, cut out the top portion and place over image on tag.


Step 2

Stamp swirls with Paris Dusk Memento ink, then stamp again in the same area using Rose Bud Memento ink. Remove mask. Fill a water pen with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in the New Sprout color which is a nice soft yellow-green. Color the dress & hands with the water pen. Stamp the word “Fly” with Delicata Black Shimmer ink. Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with a heat tool. Add highlights on the heart, arms and legs of stamped image and dots on the swirls with a Memento Marker in Rose Bud. Use the fine tip of the Tuxedo Black Memento Marker to color in a ground line near the feet of our girl. I also did a few random swipes with a glue stick and burnished silver foil onto portions of the tag.

 


Step 3

Spray two pieces of ribbon with Fireworks Craft Spray. Use Lilac Posies color which is a magenta and the other with New Sprout to match the colored area of the tag. Additional water can be sprayed onto the ribbons to achieve the desired color. Blot with a paper towel, coil up the ribbons separately and allow them to dry. When dry, trim to desired size. Hand tear faces off of the washi tape and place on tag, including one at the top of the body image. Lay lines of the other washi tapes in the pack on a scrap piece of card stock. Die cut into a butterfly shape. Adhere silver foil to the butterflies as done on the tag in step 2.


Step 4

Ink edges of tag with any ink color used on the interior of the tag. Tie the colored ribbons on the top and staple the butterflies into place.

Supplies

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Other
  • Manila shipping tag
  • Stampotique – Mela stamp,  “Fly” stamp
  • Joy Clair –  Hugs & Smiles
  • Washi tape – Jane Davenport
  • Prima Foil – silver
  • Glue stick
  • Water pen
  • White ribbon
  • Sizzix – Butterfly die
  • Cardstock
  • Masking paper
  • Heat tool
  • Die cutting machine
  • Paper towels

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Big Bright Things Come in Small Packages

gift tags made from dcwv paper. wish big. flower stamps from hero arts.

Wish Big Envelope Packages by Martha Lucia Gomez

I love to create packages and could not resist this opportunity to use the Beach House collection from the DCWV papers! These are envelopes to store gift cards or money, perfect for the season, don’t you think? To create these gift tags you need a 6″x 6″ piece of decorated paper. I started by scoring 1-5/8″ from the sides, 1/2″ from the bottom and 1″ from the top and cut away the four corners creating a small wedge from the sides of the flags to make it easier to assemble. I then pasted the edge of one side flag and the bottom flag using Tear It Tape. Place your gift card or money inside and secure the envelope package with a few loops of bakers twine.

To finish the overall design, decorate the front of the envelope package with flower stamp set of your choice and color using Fireworks! I attached the flowers using dimensional stickers and On Point Glue and stamped the Wish Big sentiment with Memento Paris Dusk. A gift wrapped in a handmade package will certainly show your loved one you really care!

Supplies

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Other
  • DCWV – Beach House Collection
  • Joy Clair – Doodle Flowers Stamp Set
  • Stampin Up – Wish Big Stamp
  • Baker’s twine
  • Scissors
  • Dimensional stickers

Handmade card with gift tag. DCWV paper. floral theme. lace.



Country Floral Gift Card Tag by Roni Johnson

With Spring popping up everywhere I thought it would be fun to make a dainty little floral gift card tag holder and card all in one. The card features a bouquet of flowers pieced on one of the front flaps which opens to reveal a silvery lace pocket which holds an oversized tag. Continue opening to see nestled inside you find a gift card! This crafty card and tag combination creates a nice surprise gift effect for the person receiving the present. The possibilities of themes and ideas for this duo set are endless, so let your imagination fly!

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • DCWV – Country Floral, Textured Brights
  • Cardstock
  • ClubScrap.com – Stamps
  • Foam Adhesive Strips
  • 
Twine
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Eyelets

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Cutting Class

Learn some basic on cutting tools for crafters.

If you have been paper crafting for a while you have probably made quite an investment in cutting tools. When starting out one might assume that a nice pair of scissors will do. But there are many different tools that have an array of features that make paper crafting easier, and often more fun! Some devices are made out of sturdy materials so they will last a long time but also makes them expensive. We hope to provide some insight on what to buy and when in order to avoid overspending on equipment you may not need…yet.

Beginner

At the beginning stage, there is a lot to learn about paper, ink, stamping techniques and adhesives used in projects. It is great to learn the basics of composition and design when starting out. Whether making a card, a banner or a paper flower arrangement, most of the learning curve is with the basic layout, color theory, and form. No matter the layout or project, you are probably going to need to cut the paper.

Drawing representing a basic paper trimmer.

Get a perfect edge of the perfect size (almost) each and every time! (User error does cause some heartaches.)

Besides a good pair of scissors, a basic paper trimmer and a few fun punches will be a great start. A trimmer allows accuracy in cutting measurements and straight clean lines. Once a few projects are made using a paper trimmer,  it is hard to go back. Many come with a slide style blade, but there also are guillotine styles. Another beginner essential is a paper punch. These heavy little devices offer basic shapes such as a circle, heart, star or a hexagon and can keep anyone busy for a long time. With a basic punch, the beginner can go crazy on creating paper garlands, adding dimension to a card design or making labels for other projects. 

They are kinda like the ole’ office supply hole punches on steroids.

$ – Paper trimmer $10-20. Do some research and go ahead and get a nice one. This device will be one of your most used tools no matter how long you’ve been playing with paper. Be sure to get one that offers replacement blades. Punches vary from $5-20 each. Beginning investment can range from $35 -$75.

Intermediate

Once the beginner has developed a strong foundation in layout and a working knowledge of materials then it is time to kick it up a notch with more complex designs. One way to do this is with a die cut machine. Die cuts come in basic shapes, basic words and alphabets, as well as more complex designs like flower sets, animal shapes, box templates, edge treatments, etc. The die and paper run through a die cut machine which may be manually cranked or electronic. It acts much like a punch creating perfect shapes. Die cuts can be much more delicate than punch shapes and you can find die cuts that do some really amazing tricks! Using die cuts can be quite joyful, but the price is significant. Once you are ready, invest in the machine and build your die cuts over time. As with punches, think about the variety of uses you will get out of each die when deciding on which ones to purchase.

Hand drawn image of a hand crank die cut machine.

You can get a workout while you create!

$$ – Die Cut Machine $50-$150. Again, do some research and get a nice one. One machine should last you for years. Wait for a sale or a coupon and pick one up. $15-30 for each die set. Your investment could easily reach $100-$200 quickly.

Advanced

Plotting and crafting meet at last! What takes someone from an intermediate to an advanced crafter is debatable. Since the digital machines are the most expensive, we reserve the price point for the advanced level with the confidence that anyone can make millions of great projects without spending at this level. While digital cutting machines are designed for easy use, we feel the advanced crafter will have the background and experience to get the most out of the flexibility and precision the plotter style machines offer.

Hand drawn image of a digital cutting machine.

It’s like having your very own crafty robot.

$$$ – Digital Die Cut Machine $200-400.

Whether you are just starting in paper crafting or have been crafting for years, we hope this review has helped provide guidance on purchasing tools that will match your needs. Of course, buy whatever devices you wish especially if you are on a Treat Yo Self mission! We recommend the above “levels” for the amount of use one can get before moving on to the next purchase!

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Thinking of You Mixed Media Tag That Will Impress

by Renee Zarate

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.
This project starts out as a simple manila tag and morphs into an ultra-feminine style textured tag that can be attached to a gift or be used as a card on its own. By layering one technique on top of another and using all kinds of product, this tag has a unique and highly textured appearance. Living a beautiful life can sometimes start with simply making tags and cards that we share with others.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Directions

stenciled tag Memento ink. pink, stencil

Step 1

Take a manila shipping tag (6 ¼” by 3 ¼”) lay it on a craft mat. Place a stencil on top and lightly mist it with Lilac Posies Fireworks! Craft Spray. Set the tag aside and mist the same color onto your choice of paper or fabric flowers and a piece of ribbon. Dry with a heat tool.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 2

Stamp the “Thinking of You” phrase on a piece of deli or tissue paper using StazOn Jet Black ink. Cut or tear around the phrase to fit on the tag. Cut a small strip of paper matching the project colors and glue across the middle of the tag. Use a palette knife to adhere the phrase on tissue paper above the decorative paper using Creative Medium Original.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 3

Creative Medium can be used to secure the colored flowers on the left-hand side of the tag. The chain at the bottom can be attached to the gel medium by tucking the ends of the chain under the flowers. Tuck the leaves around the flowers in the same fashion. Use the gel medium to attach a metal butterfly onto one of the flowers.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 4

Use a glue stick to apply small amounts of glue randomly around the tag, apply gold foil. Use On Point Glue to add additional texture and interest to the flowers. Apply a small amount of On Point Glue to the tips of the flowers and leaves. Sprinkle glitter and glass beads onto the flowers and the butterfly. Tap off the excess.

Thinking of You Tag by Renee Zarate using On Point Glue, Fireworks Craft Spray and Memento ink. pink, stencil, flowers, embellishments.

Step 5

Attach a bow that has been inked to match the project to the top of the tag. Add crystal chain to the bow and adhere three self-adhesive crystal dots to the right side. Finish the highly textured effect with a thin line of Bronze irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to the top and the bottom of the decorative paper panel. Allow to dry.

Supplies

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Other
  • Inkadinkado – sentiment stamp
  • Prima – stencil, flowers, leaves, self-adhesive crystal dots
  • Gold foil
  • Crystal chain
  • Butterfly embellishment
  • Metal chain
  • Gold glitter
  • Glass beads
  • Paper
  • Heat tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue stick
  • Manila shipping tag
  • Palette knife

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The Secret Ingredient is Love

by Jowilna Nolte

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

The best and most beautiful things are felt with the heart and cannot be seen – a favorite saying of mine and also the inspiration behind my themed tag this month. I used inks and paste to create a shimmering background for this beautiful tag.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 Minutes + dry time

Directions

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 1

Add some texture to a tag using a stencil and texture paste. Once the paste is dry, use a brayer and roll Delicata Golden Glitz onto the tag randomly and leave to dry.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 2

Start by inking some Blue Hawaii StazOn ink onto the tag over the gold texture background. Add color in 2 or more areas using a jumbo dauber.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 3

Use a clean jumbo dauber and ink your tag using Orange Zest StazOn ink in the open areas, overlap the ink onto the blue inked areas too, so the colors blend seamlessly into each other.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 4

Now add some brown Ganache StazOn ink around the edges of the tag using another jumbo dauber.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Step 5

Mist the inked tag using Gold Shimmer Spritz and leave to dry. The shimmer gives the StazOn inks a beautiful look. Finish by adding the sentiment and any additional embellishments with foam tape. I choose to staple the sentiment and add three hearts with gold thread in the back.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Tip: To clean the StazOn ink on my craft mat I use StazOn stamp cleaner and then wipe it clean, otherwise, the ink will permanently stain your mat.

Jowilna Nolte makes The Secret Ingredient is Love Tag using StazOn ink. orange, blue, brown, texture, stencil, mixed media, shimmer.

Supplies

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Other
  • Stencil
  • TCW – texture paste
  • Tag
  • Dina Wakeley – stamp
  • Gold thread
  • Stapler
  • Foam tape
  • Adhesive

Make Sure to Be Fabulous Today with On Point Glue

Fine details can sometimes make a big difference in a project. Imagine artists use On Point Glue (a new product release for March 2017) to give those fabulous finishing touches to their work. Jessica Litman creates mini paper flowers on a clothespin for a planner. With a different approach, Martha Lucia Gomez adds embellishments to a card created with stencils and Fireworks! craft spray. Check out the directions on each project below! Want to find out more about this fabulous new product? See more here. It will be available in our Shop in March.

Jessica Litman creates mini paper flowers on a clothespin for a planner.

Flowery Clothespin Paper Clip by Jessica Litman

This clothespin paper clip can add a bit of DIY cuteness to a planner, gift, or workspace for any time of the year or any occasion. Jessica uses both Tear It Tape and On Point Glue, but for the fine detail paper quilling On Point Glue works the best.

Directions

Use tear it tape for almost any project. Double sided Tear It! Tape is great for heavier projects.
Step 1

Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of the large clothespin and attach the paper to the clothespin using Tear It! tape.

Jessica Litman creates mini paper flowers on a clothespin for a planner. On Point Glue.
Step 2

Cut a thin, long piece of pink cardstock. Roll pink cardstock into a circle. Let circle open a little. Using On Point Glue, adhere the end of the circle to itself. Hold for approximately 20 seconds before setting down.

On Point Glue is great for small intricate projects.

Step 3

Put a circle of On Point Glue onto the clothespin. Press pink circle onto the glue. Cut two thin pieces of green cardstock. Roll each green cardstock into an oval. Adhere the end of the oval to itself. Hold for approximately 20 seconds. Attach green ovals (or flower leaves) near the pink circle onto the clothespin. Cut another piece of thin, long pink cardstock to start a second flower and repeat previous steps. Attach second flower to the bottom of the large clothespin using On Point Glue and let dry! Enjoy a new handcrafted pin!

Supplies

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Other
  • Large Clothespins
  • Cardstock – purple, pink, green
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors

 


Martha Lucia Gomez creates a card with Fireworks and On Point Glue. yellow, black, pink, gold.

Fabulous Shades of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez

Stencils are one of my favorite items in my craft supplies and they’re the best tools with inks and sprays. In this project, I combined these elements to create a dimensional background and to keep the shimmer only Fireworks can offer. This fun technique can be used with any kind of stencils for cards or journals.

Directions

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. black, yellow, shimmer, ink, spray.

Step 1

Take a piece of cardstock and secure your stencil. Spray paper with Dandelion Fireworks and Tuxedo Black Fireworks. Keep in mind that the effect obtained with the sprays is unpredictable, but you can obtain less intensity of the color when you apply the spray from afar and more color when you apply it closer to the paper.

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Step 2

Remove your stencil and clean it with water. Place stencil again over the paper with a little adjustment of the original image and select the color of ink that you want to apply. Apply the ink on the free areas. I chose the pink from the Kaleidacolor Baby Powder and I applied the ink with a brush.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. stencil, pink, gold, black, swirls, shimmer.

Step 3

Remove the stencil and clean with soap and warm water. Add another layer of color. Combine colors of ink or use only one.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. On Point Glue is a great fine point glue for embellishments.

Step 4

Paste the decorated layer over the card base using Tear It! tape. Cut a sentiment using gold paper and apply the embellishments with On Point Glue.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. With the On Point Glue, you can control the amount of glue for intricate projects and delicate details as die cuts and rhinestones like I did on greeting card.

Step 5

Finally add the black stripe to the side as an accent. One of the features of On Point Glue is it also works great for larger or heavier pieces.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. pink, black, gold, fabulous, shimmer effect.

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock
  • Gold paper
  • Hero Arts – Swirl Stencil
  • The Ton – Fabulous Die Cut
  • Black rhinestones

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