Friday, 6 November 2015

Mixed Media Tag for HLS






Hello everyone, and welcome to an exciting new challenge. Happy Little Stampers are launching a new Mixed Media Challenge today and the theme is Tag





This challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers Shop




and the winner will receive a stamp set from HLS


I am delighted to be part of the new Design Team and I am new to mixed media so I jumped enthusiastically into playing with my materials, and I came up with this tag


I pulled out one of the first rubber stamps I ever bought from PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange), if you remember them. This stamp dates from 2001 but I believe the Company was bought out soon afterwards. This stamp has a dreamy, collagy collection of wonderful positive sentiments and I began by stamping it in Versamark ink on my tag. I then used several distress inks to colourr the tag and the words came through in a muted way. Once the ink was dry, I took a stencil from Glitzcraft and used their Emerald Green Glitter Frosting Medium to create the leaves and stem. Once that had dried, I used the Magenta medium to create the flowers. I didn't have the right colour of ribbon so I took some white organza ribbon and coloured it with two colours of distress ink to match the tag. I put two strips of ribbon through the tag and attached the back two to the tag with a tiny staple  To finish off, I stamped and embossed the greeting in white onto a strip of black card and snipped it up before attaching it with foam tape.

Whilst I had everything out, I made another background and die cut it into a circle to go on a second tag




 I cut a slightly larger white circle as a mat and then placed in on a Papertrey Ink tag die cut. I die cut a heart, from the leftover background, covered it with glossy accents and whilst it was still wet, I dropped extra fine iridescent glitter onto it.

A couple of things I learned:-

Mixed Media can be fun! I enjoyed it so much more when I just went with what I created rather than having a fixed idea in my head of what I wanted to end up with.

It is easy to colour ribbon with distress ink but it is a lot harder to dry it. I tried speeding up the process with my heat gun but the delicate ribbon just curled up and fizzled to nothing. I left it for two days but although it appeared dry, my fingers got covered in the colour, so be careful about transferring marks onto your work if you want to try this.

You will find lots of inspiration from the Design Team over at Happy Little Stampers and you can link up your tag creation there to be in with a chance of winning the stamp set. Our DT member Loll is having a 12 days of Christmas series on her blog at the moment and today is Day 3 so you will want to check that out.


Thanks for stopping by


Hugs
Carol x





17 comments:

  1. I do indeed remember PSX (they were out of business prior to my involvement in this so addictive hobby, but I've managed to snare some of their stamps...and they are wonderful). Love the intense blue of the tag background with the white script. Wonderful glitter paste on the floral stem...it's beautiful. This is a product I must check out. It looks so much nicer than the Viva glitter paste I used on my trees on the penguin tag. Loved your idea of the circle tag too. Well done! Congrats on being on the DT for the mixed media. Should be loads of fun. TFS

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  2. These are beautiful, fabulous vibrant colours xx

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  3. Awesome.. I love how brilliant this looks.. the color is so striking and beautiful. I love it.. great job!!

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  4. Beautiful tag! Love the shades of blue with the contrast of the lovely purple flower. And love the way the text stamp shows through so subtly.

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  5. LOVE both of these gorgeous tags Carol! I'm no expert on MM, but they seem to achieve a MM style and still remain CAS - uncluttered - I must look into getting a layered look that manages to remain uncluttered, as usually, when I use more than one or two layers it tends to end up looking like I have thrown the contents of my waste bin at it to see what sticks! ;) Have a lovely weekend my friend! Hazel xx

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  6. These are gorgeous Carol, love the rich beautiful colours. Carol x

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  7. Hi Carol totally gorgeous tags! I have wanted to try mixed media for ages or do a canvas so today I bought some gesso!! LOL my first step I think hahaha lots of huggles Sue xx

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  8. Your tag came out great!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

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  9. These are so amazing. What a wonderful gift and talent you have.

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  10. Oh wow!! these are amazing!! I LOVE the pretty colors you used on this!!

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  11. Wonderful! I love the background color and inking as well as the blingy flowers!

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  12. Wow Carol what an absolutely Stunning Tag, I adore the colours you have used, they are my favourite colours... Thank you for joining in on our challenge over at Creative Artiste's Mixed Media Challenge.. Good Luck and we hope to see you again soon...

    Hugs Rhonda DT xx
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au

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  13. Ohh my goodness, these are soooo beautiful. You are so clever

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  14. Love love the colours. Love your creation. Beautiful tag.
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    http://creativeartisitemixmeadia.blogspot.com.au
    Debbie Dt

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  15. that flower is just gorgeous!!! Thanks for taking part in Craft for the Craic challenge

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  16. Really pretty tags, lovely inking! Thankyou for joining us this month at Craft for the Craic

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