Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sunshine Makes Me Happy - Tag it Tuesday

Hello Friends :)

Today is time to share my altered tag for Tag it Tuesday over at Cards and More by Sheri blog. Every month we link up our posts about a tag we created using the theme Sheri chose. This month the theme is all about the color Buttercup. A bright and vibrant yellow. Perfect to cheer up the dark days of Winter :)

The first think I did was use the Pantone website to find out the RGB codes for this color. Then I made a document in Microsoft Publisher, picked a shape, and filled it with the color. Yup..bright yellow! It made me think of sunshine for sure :) Then I got a tag and some cardstock I had that I thought matched well and started to design my tag. 

I wanted to try out an exercise that some say helps learn about shadows and highlights of faces, so I picked a photo from an ad (Stevia) to use. The girl had on a bright yellow tank top..perfect. I attached the thin paper to my tag using my new glue stick...Elmer's Xtreme. People who do a lot of collage with magazine papers have recommended this, so I spent the $2.50 to get some. 

Next I sealed my photo using some Decoarts deco page medium. I knew I would be putting lots of wet media over the top and I wanted that thin flimsy paper to to sealed up.

There were some words printed over my photo, so I got our some white gesso and covered them over as best I could. 

Then I got out my favorite Neocolor II water soluble crayons and started to play! 

I began with colors that existed in the photo. Intensifying them and also camouflaging my white gesso areas.I blended the colors using a water brush and some white acrylic paint to make the colors more permanent.

When that was all complete, I added bright colors that were not existing in the image. Orange, Lime Green, bright Blues and Purples. This creates a 'Pop Art' type effect. Very FUN!

When I felt my tag was completely colored with crayons...I added pure white highlights using my white Posca pen. I blended most of them using my finger.

Next, I got out yellow and bright orange acrylic paint on my palette. I used my fan brush to blend in some water and then tapped it for splatters on my tag.

I added my sentiment which I printed off from the computer...cutting it apart and collaging it on. I added some black lines around it with my black Posca pen.

To finish up my tag, I added a blue and then a yellow cardstock backing. I put on some ribbons at the top in the same colors and added a gold metallic string to tie it off.

I hope you enjoyed my tag and be sure to join in the link up with your Buttercup tag at Cards and More by Sheri
<3 Shel


  1. Reminds me of summer in this cold weather! Lovely and bright!

    1. Thanks Zsuzsa :) The color of the cardstock is even 'summer sun'. I do love sunshine!

  2. What a happy looking face you've got on the buttercup tag...she's so vibrant!

    1. Thanks Win Dinn :) Yeah she seems happy for sure.

  3. Shel, you rocked this! I love what you did with the paint over collage. I love how that looks and want to try that process as well! She looks like she is ready for an awesome year! Well done my friend! :)

    1. Thank you Felicia :) It was an interesting technique. If you try it be sure to put something like matte medium over the glossy magazine paper..lesson learned.


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