Thursday, April 22, 2021

See the Beauty Mixed Media Tag

Hello friends and visitors! What do you do with a background that turned out absolutely horrible? Turn it into a tag, of course! (Or ATC's or coins.)

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This actually started a while back with some flowers blended with Wilted Violet through Roses mini stencil. It didn't turn out too well using blending foam--a blending brush works much better with these smaller openings. So into the bin it went to use the other side at a future date.

 So yesterday I was blessed with a wee bit of 'free time' to play in my Closet, and I found this panel. I blended Distress Micro Glaze with a blending tool through the same stencil, placing it over the existing flowers. After spritzing the panel with water, I sprayed with various Distress Spray stains and Oxide (colors in the products list below). I repeated this with different stencils, drying between and finally blending Wilted Violet ink through Floral stencil. Lastly, I sprayed with water and mopped with a paper towel.  It pretty much went from bad to worse when I tried to add some pink to the left side to balance the brightness of the right, but I'm a firm believer in salvation. I decided I could die cut it into a tag using Stacked Tags and try to rescue the better part of the background.

I chose three brightly colored butterflies from two different Botanical packs; one is a little different to the other two, but I used my splatter brush and Picket Fence paint to try and unify them. Each one is edged with Black Soot ink and layered over some die cuts from my stash. 

I found some appropriate phrases in the Clippings Sticker booklet to add, edged the tag in Wilted Violet and matted it on white card. 

 I snipped off some crinkle ribbon seam binding and colored it with Fossilized Amber and Crackling Campfire spray stains, dried and stamped the script from Tiny Toadstools in archival Black Soot ink. I tied it into a little bow as a topper.

All's well that ends well. I hope you get some time to be crafty! Hugs! Sara Emily

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These Tim Holtz products were used on my tag:
Stacked Tags Thinlits
Tiny Toadstools Stamps
Stencils: Roses Mini Stencil (set 25), Floral, Latticework, Bubbles
Ideaology - Clippings Sticker Book, Botanical Layers
Distress Microglaze
Distress Collage Medium 
Distress Ink - Archival Black Soot, Black Soot, Wilted Violet, Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio; Distress Paint - Picket Fence
Distress Spray Oxide - Cracked Pistachio 
Distress Spray Stain - Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Crackling Campfire



  1. Oh wow Sara Emily, that is one stunning tag you made! Love the background you created and as I said before, you put so much love and work into every one of your makes and I truly enjoy seeing your work.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. Beautiful tag! I love how you saved the background and it looks absolutely stunning as part of your design with all the butterflies and wording - perfect 😁. So beautiful for spring time too! I hope that you are keeping well and wishing you a Happy Friday and weekend! Hugs, Jo x

  3. What a beautiful, bright tag! And the ribbon is a perfect color match with the butterflies. I finally got some spray stains and will need to try coloring some seam binding with them!

  4. My favorite crafty makes are tags. This turned out beautiful, Sara Emily!


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