Today I have a mixed media altered shipping tag to share. I made it just in time to link up with the Tag It Tuesday link party over at Cards and More by Sheri. The challenge was new year theme and use gold and silver on the tag. I had fun making this tag thinking about how much I plan to enjoy mixed media in 2015. I am glad to have the freedom mixed media gives me to do as much or as little to a project as I want. There are no rules so do art like you want to!
To start out my tag I wanted to try out a technique that I was introduced to over at Kraafters Kommunity. If you stamp with dye inks then add gesso, the gesso picks up the colors and brings them up to the top layer. I used a confetti stamp to be all 'festive like' and stamped in several colors of dye ink. Remember..this ink is moved by wetness..not waterproof or archival. After the stamping I went over with a dry brush and white gesso..then let it dry. It turned out pretty cool. I stamped on some silver ink confetti over the top.
Next I needed a person to be enjoying this confetti party. I drew an image on mixed media paper and colored it in using water soluble crayons, white acrylic, and a marker with dye ink blended with water. I cut her out and attached her to the tag using matte gel medium. In the photo you can see how the crayons look before and after blending with white acrylic paint and water.
Now back in my stamping days...this would have been a done tag. Maybe add a boarder layer, a little ribbon and go. But now I do mixed media and no one ever accused a mixed media artist of knowing when to stop adding stuff!
I decided her dress needed a little shimmer, so I sprayed a puddle of Heidi Swapp spray on my palette and then applied it to the dress with a brush. I was planing to spritz which is why I masked the face..but decided that would be too much coverage.
Next I wanted a boarder, so I dragged a ink pad around the edges of the tag.
Then I added some texture paste through a harlequin stencil. I colored the paste by mixing in bit of purple acrylic paint. I also added text stamping in teal and some swirls in black.
Now I wanted some collage elements so I stamped a couple of butterflies on deli paper using acrylic paint. Then I added acrylic paint to the backs of the butterflies using my finger. Because deli paper is translucent the color will show on the other side.
I added the collage pieces using matte gel medium. I had to go back and touch up the shimmer on her dress because matte gel medium is MATTE..duh Shel!
Then I stuck my finer in some metallic silver ink and brushed it over the textured areas of the tagt to add that silver shimmer. That was really cool looking over the texture paste.
To finish up I added any needed gold and silver areas with a zig painty pen and black as needed with a black sharpie. Then I mounted the tag on silver shimmer cardstock and added some shiny wire, ribbon and fibers to the top. I also added these shiny teal strip thingys I found in my stash..but I don't know what to call them. Everything on this tag is really shimmery, shiny, and blingy but it doesn't show that well in the photos..so you just have to trust me :)
I hope you enjoyed my project :) <3 Shel